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What better way to strengthen your personal preparedness skills in 2012, than taking advantage of a free self-learning course by your local Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) which will help you and your fellow team members at work, or the community first-responders or disaster preparedness fellow members in your community be better prepared whenever facing a disruptive incident or event.

“Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams”, IS-317, is an independent study course, offered by CERT, that serves as an introduction to CERT for those wanting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members. It has six modules with topics that include an Introduction to CERT, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations, and Search and Rescue. It takes between six and eight hours to complete the course. Those who successfully finish it will receive a certificate of completion.

This training will certainly help you become a stronger member in your workplace, community and family as we all need to improve our readiness levels in 2012.

IS-317 can be taken by anyone interested in CERT. However, to become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the classroom training offered by a local government agency such as the emergency management agency, fire or police department.

Click here to learn more about the local education and training opportunities available to you.

If applicable, please pass this information along to those business continuity, risk management, PS-Prep strategy planning and disaster preparedness team members at work – this information could be used as an additional resource of learning materials to complement those organizational readiness and BC/DR Plan manuals at work.

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