The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) regional task force is conducting spring 2020 training for any resident interested in joining CERT.

What: Best Southwest CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training
When:  Saturday, March 28 and Saturday, April 4
Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm both days
Where: DeSoto Fire Training Center, 501 E Wintergreen Rd., DeSoto, TX 75115
Cost:$20 for the manual, t-shirt and a hat
Register online: https://forms.gle/VJUFib5rHRCVDTGv6
Questions: Contact Pat Weaver at 214-797-6026

Students will learn:

Disaster Preparation
CERT Organization
Medical Part 1
Medical Part 2
Search and Rescue
Fire Safety
Psychology
Terrorism
Unit Review and Simulation of the program

The 2-day course will teach citizens how to be better prepared to respond to, and cope with, the aftermath of a disaster. Additionally, if a community wants to supplement its response capability after a disaster, civilians can be recruited and trained as neighborhood, business, and government teams that, in essence, will be auxiliary responders. These groups can provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources following a disaster. Since 1993 when this training was made available nationally by FEMA, communities in 28 States and Puerto Rico have conducted CERT training.

CERT is a public safety corporation with the purpose of, in the event of a natural or man-made disaster, aiding the citizenry of the Best Southwest regional cities of Cedar Hill, DeSoto, Duncanville, Lancaster, Midlothian, Red Oak and Maypearl as they adopt the corporation program in their community. CERT meets monthly and conducts ongoing training.