September 13, 2005
Community Emergency Response Team Training Continues This Week in North Richland Hills
The City of North Richland Hills Office of Emergency Management works year-round to make sure our community is prepared for possible emergencies. One aspect of the City’s ongoing effort is the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. This 12-week program trains ordinary people to assist emergency officials with natural disasters and other emergency situations. When emergencies happen, CERT members give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community.
Since North Richland Hills began offering the program in November 2003, 104 people have completed the CERT training. Another 21 people are enrolled in the current class which began last week and continues through November 1. The current CERT class was scheduled prior to Hurricane Katrina striking the Gulf Coast. While many people had already signed up for the CERT program, the disaster moved several more people to get involved.
The next meeting of the CERT class is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 13, in North Richland Hills. Members of the media are invited to attend to learn more about this valuable community program. For more information, please contact Sean Hughes, North Richland Hills Emergency Management Coordinator, at 817-427-6969.