Saturday, June 27, 2015


Darke County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management will be offering a Basic Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 20 hour training course beginning September 12th, 2015.

Citizens Corps is a community-based initiative that engages citizens in homeland safety and emergency management by increasing knowledge and skills through training and education. By providing opportunities for everyone to participate in programs, citizens become stronger and make their communities a safer place to live.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a component of the Citizen Corps program, helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their community. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders by providing immediate assistance to themselves, their family, and their neighbor. The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.

Following a major disaster first responders will be overwhelmed and may not be able to meet the high demand of emergency services such as search and rescue, medical services, and fire. In these situation people rely on each other for help. Family members, neighbors, and fellow employees will try to help each other until professional services can arrive. Attending the CERT training course will enable you to learn how to prepare yourself, your family, and your community for a disaster, and how to safely respond in disaster situations, and how to organize in the aftermath of a disaster.

The course is free of charge and will benefit any citizen who takes it. The course will be held at the Darke County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management office located at 5183 County Home Rd., Greenville. It is a 20 hours course divided over 4 days. Course dates and times are as follows:

September 12th, 2015; from 9:00 AM – 3:00PM
September 13th, 2015; from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
September 19th, 2015; from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
September 20th, 2015; from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (includes a drill/exercise to re-enforce learned skill, followed by Certificate presentations)

***Pre-registration is required. If you are interested in attending the course please register by email at or call 937-548-1444. ***Registration deadline is August 28th, 2015.

Be Prepared, Be READY; begin by registering for the upcoming CERT class.

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