This is Benton County’s first offering of the CERT Basic training. The complete CERT Basic training will be held every Thursday for 9 weeks, 3 hours, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Each lesson builds upon the previous. Future sessions of CERT Basic training are being planned.
CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT volunteers can assist others in their community following a disaster when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT volunteers are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking an active role in emergency preparedness projects.