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 cert@eriecountypa.gov. 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 www.ready.gov/cert.