Westshore CERT begins training Feb. 15

A CERT volunteer participates in triage and treatment training. Photo by Doug Sacha

Power outages, Superstorm Sandy, the Artic Vortex … As FEMA says, “all disasters begin and end at the local level.” Community preparedness starts with you.

The Westshore Regional Community Emergency Response Team (WSC) is offering free classes on topics such as disaster preparedness, emergency medical considerations, search and rescue procedures, fire suppression, disaster psychology and more. The 20-hour FEMA course is conducted by local safety professionals. Westshore residents who are over 18 years of age, successfully complete training, and pass a background check are eligible for team membership. Visit www.westshorecert.org for more program and team information. 

Do your part to keep your family and our neighborhoods safe and prepared. To register or for more information contact WSC Coordinator Tricia Granfors at 440-716-4135 or granforst@north-olmsted.com. Space is limited. 

Training begins Saturday, Feb. 15. The five consecutive Saturday morning classes will be held at St. John Medical Center and the City of Westlake Service Center from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tricia Granfors

The Westshore Regional CERT (WSC) is a (as of November 2013) 294 member nonprofit volunteer team under the Westshore Council of Governments. The national CERT program seeks to educate residents about disasters common or possible in their area through free 20-hour disaster preparedness training. US citizens over 18 who pass a background check are eligible for team membership. The WSC supplements emergency responders when needs outweigh resources.

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