Community Emergency Response Team Program scheduled to begin

MEDIA CONTACT:
Jessica Waters
Communications Manager, Town of Ocean City
410-289-8967

Citizens can make a difference for their families by enrolling in the Community Emergency Response Team course planned to begin in September 2013 at the Ocean City Public Safety Building.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is designed to help citizens help themselves and their families in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Due to the fact that emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately following a disaster, CERT is a free training course that aims to provide citizens with basic information for preparedness and techniques when dealing with emergencies. Training covers basic skills including CPR/AED, first aid, recognizing natural and manmade hazards in our local communities, disaster preparedness such as emergency plans and disaster supply kits, hazardous material emergencies and basic fire suppression.

CERT courses are being offered by the Ocean City Emergency Services Department. The courses are now offered as part of OceanCityUniversity. Citizens who complete a 16-week general studies program through OC University as well as the CitizensPoliceAcademy, can earn a Ph.D by completing the CERT program.

CERT classes begin Thursday, September 26, 2013 at 6:45 p.m. and will run each Thursday evening for seven weeks, ending on November 14, 2013. There will also be one class on Saturday, November 9, 2013 at 8:00 a.m.

To register or for more information, contact Ocean City Emergency Services at 410.723.6616 or email cboyles@oceancitymd.gov. Additional information can also be found at www.oceancitymd.gov.