The City of Irving’s Office of Emergency Management hosts a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training on a regular basis. In this training, CERT members will learn how to be self-sufficient for 72 hours following a major emergency or disaster. CERT members are volunteers who others in the community will rely on to meet their immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs. For more information, call (972) 721-2184 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Irving residents are encouraged to receive emergency training by becoming a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member.
The two-day class is offered Saturday, May 12 and 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The training will equip participants with knowledge and life-sustaining skills. Topics included in this hands-on training range from disaster preparedness to fire safety and terrorism response.
“In a city like Irving with more than 200,000 residents, catastrophic events of a large-scale have the potential to overwhelm the limited number of first responders,” said Emergency Management Planner Nick Robison. “Following a major disaster, community members may have to reply on one another to meet their immediate live-saving and life-sustaining needs.”
CERT members are trained to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours following a major incident. Team members also will learn how to provide critical support to professional first responders, assistance to disaster victims, and how to spontaneously organize volunteers at disaster sites.
Irving residents interested in participating in this program must be able to perform physical activities, possess a valid driver’s license and pass a background check. Because space is limited, residents are encouraged to register by May 1st. To register for the CERT training program, register online, call (972) 721-2184 or email CERT@cityofirving.org.