Shawnee County Department of Emergency Management is pleased to announce that 50 teachers in USD 501 will be trained as Community Emergency Response Team or "CERT" members.
During the USD 501 in-service days, CERT instructors will deliver an abbreviated CERT curriculum. CERT Academy is normally 22 hours, but with many of the teachers being certified in CPR and First Aid the curriculum was slightly altered.
The training will begin September 26, 2011 at Eisenhower Middle School 3305 SE Minnesota Ave Topeka, Kansas 66605. The second session and graduation will be November 7, 2011. The training is free.
CERT instructors teach members how to take care of themselves, their families, their neighbors and their community before, during and after a disaster or emergency.
CERT is a national program administered by the Shawnee County Department of Emergency Management and is supported by federal grants. It is one of the programs under the Citizens Corps along with Volunteers in Police Service (ViPS), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC), and Fire Corps. If you are interested in CERT training, contact Shawnee County Emergency Management: phone 785-233-8200 Ext 4152 or email SNCOCERT@att.net
You can read more about CERT at http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/about.shtm or visit the SNCO CERT Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/snco.cert