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- Mercer County Office of Emergency Management in partnership with the Monmouth County Office of Emergency Management, Somerset County Office of Emergency Management, the New Jersey Citizens Corps and the N.J. Office of Emergency Management has announced upcoming training sessions for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program.

CERT, part of the Department of Homeland Security’s Citizen Corps initiative, aims to help individuals take a more active role in emergency response and preparedness. CERT members are trained in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, and medical operations, so that they can assist emergency personnel when needed in emergencies affecting their immediate communities. CERTs also work to educate residents about the many hazards they may face and ways they can better prepare for all types of emergencies. The upcoming classes are “Train the Trainer” courses, meaning participants who complete the 2-day course will be eligible to train future CERT members. This program can help groups establish CERT teams at their workplace, community center or agency.

“Whether it is a natural disaster such as flooding of the Delaware River, or an intended event, such as the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, having our residents trained to handle a crisis makes them part of the solution in their community. I encourage any resident who wants to work for the safety of all to consider becoming CERT certified,” said Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes is pleased to announce an expanded list of small business workshops sponsored by Mercer County.

The first two-day session will be Aug. 4-5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Monmouth County Police Academy, 2000 Kozloski Road, Freehold, N.J. 07728. The second session will be Aug. 11-12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy, 402 Roycefield Road, Hillsborough, NJ 08844. Interested parties need only attend one two-day session. Sessions are free of charge and training materials will be provided. You must register or be approved in advance by NJOEM or Mercer County Office of Emergency Management. To register go to WWW.READY.NJ.GOV and click on the CERT icon. Scroll down to “Upcoming CERT TTT info. Open registration link, complete the form and fax to April Sudol at 609-530-3649. NJOEM will contact you to approve your training application. For information or questions, contact Dean Raymond, Mercer County Office of Emergency Management, at draymond@mercercounty.org; or Howard Butt, New Jersey State Police/NJOEM at 609 963-6995 or lppbutth@gw.njsp.org.