2014-01-30 / News

Residents offered CERT training

MANISTIQUE – Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team program is all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.

CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT training, citizens learn to:

•Manage utilities and put out small fires;

•Treat the three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock;

•Provide basic medical aid;

•Search for and rescue victims safely;

•Organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective;

•Collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.

A new 24-hour course will be held over three Saturdays, and is planned for Feb. 1, 8 and 15 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. and will be held at the Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital Conference rooms 1 and 2.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will be presented with a certificate of completion and will be armed with emergency information that will help you, your family, and neighbors.

Contact Cathy Flores at Schoolcraft Memorial Hospital at (906) 341-3232 to register in advance or register online at www.schoolcraftcountycert.org.

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