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CERT Training coming to Manatee County

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MANATEE COUNTY, FL (WWSB) - Registration is now open for a free, three-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training next month. Manatee County residents and business owners, faith-based organizations, communities/neighborhoods and anyone who wants to be better prepared for common household emergencies is encouraged to enroll.

The training will be held Feb. 16-18 at Manatee County Public Safety Center, 2101 47th Terrace East.

Basic CERT training serves as an introductory course in personal preparedness for common household emergencies, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, CERT neighborhood team organization, and disaster medical operations to support fire and emergency medical response.

To enroll in the course, you must first register for a FEMA Student Identification number online and for a State Emergency Response Team Training Resources and Activity Center profile here. Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams is a prerequisite course and can be taken online for free.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Community Emergency Response Team Program trains individuals to prepare for common household emergencies. The CERT Program offers training in basic skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. With proper CERT training, you can help protect your family, neighbors and co-workers if a disaster occurs.