Month: February 2018

Free emergency response training offered

Erie, PA – The Erie County Department of Public Safety is offering free training sessions to help residents prepare for and respond to natural disasters and other emergencies.

The training will be March 9-11 at the Erie County Public Safety building, 2880 Flower Road. The program follows Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) guidelines, and those who compete the training will be able to join CERT. The schedule for the training is as follows:

  • Friday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. – Disaster Threats and Preparedness
  • Saturday, March 10, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Fire Safety; Light Searcn and Rescue; Disaster Medical Operations. (Lunch will be provided.)
  • Sunday, March 11, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. – CERT Organization; Disaster Psychology; Terrorism; CERT Graduation Exercise. (Lunch will be provided.)

Participants must be at least 18 years old and must register in advance for the free training by emailing Preference will be given to Erie County residents.

CERT brings together a network of citizen volunteers who are trained to help their communities respond to and prepare for natural disasters and other emergencies. For more information on CERT, visit

Erie County to bring recycling program to four schools

The Erie County Recycling Program has selected four Erie County schools to participate in the first Recycling in Schools initiative.

Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School, North East Elementary School, Union City Area Middle/High School and Girard High School were selected from eight applicants to take part in the program, which supports the implementation or expansion of recycling within the school.

As part of the program, the Erie County Recycling Program will provide education about recycling and training for recycling collection, as well as curriculum activities and collection bins.

“As we work to protect our natural environment for future generations, it is vital that we educate our young people – who represent that next generation – to make recycling a natural part of everyday life,” said Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper. “Erie County is proud to be able to bring these programs right into schools across our county, to share the importance of recycling.”

Funding for the program was made possible in part by grants from Waste Management and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.

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