Free CERT training offfered

By Nicholas Elmes -

Worried about how your community might respond in an emergency?

A free 21-hour course being offered in Rural Hall could help you get ready to respond the next time disaster strikes.

The Forsyth County Citizen Corps Council is offering the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 21-hour Basic Training Course on Sept. 11-13 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. at the Rural Hall Fire Department.

“Disasters can severely restrict and overwhelm emergency response resources and leave communities cut off from outside emergency support,” said Leigha Cordell, a logistics officer with the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Emergency Management Department. “CERTs are trained to take care of themselves and help others in their communities for the first three days following a disaster. Upon successful completion, students are eligible to join a local community team. However, you’re not required to join a team in order to register for the course.”

Cordell said the course would be limited to the first 25 respondents, noting that it is open to people from surrounding counties, but that Forsyth County residents would have first priority to participate.

“This course would be a great opportunity for Stokes County residents,” she said.

The course will offer training disaster preparedness, fire safety, medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and terrorism and CERT.

People interested in signing up can do so at

For more information contact Cordell at 336-661-6440 or

Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.

By Nicholas Elmes

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