Free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program (Newark – May 19/20, 2023

NCC Department of Emergency Management
The City of Newark in cooperation with the New Castle
County Office of Emergency Management will be
conducting a Basic CERT training course on Friday, May
19 from 4:30 – 9:30 p.m and Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. –
4 p.m. This 12-hour training program will be provided free
of charge at the Newark Senior Center, located at 200
White Chapel Drive.

During this two-day, 12-hour course of instruction,
students will learn a variety of hazard awareness and
emergency preparedness skills which will make them and
their families better equipped to deal with all hazardous
emergency situations, as well as assist first responders
and emergency management officials in certain aspects
of response and post event recovery activities.

Course curriculum includes American Heart Association
CPR/AED Certification, basic first aid, hazardous materials
awareness training, basic family preparedness strategies,
proper use of home and office fire extinguishers, search
and rescue, and more. Students also receive a CERT
participant’s training manual and a CERT backpack with
basic personal protective equipment including hard hat,
gloves, safety glasses, and a flashlight.
Students will be provided a light dinner at the Friday
evening session, and breakfast and lunch at the Saturday
session at no cost.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Program educates people about disaster preparedness
for hazards that may impact their area and trains them
in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light
search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical
operations. Using the training learned in the classroom
and during exercises, CERT members can assist others
in their neighborhood or workplace when professional
responders are not immediately available to help. CERT
members also are encouraged to support emergency
response agencies by taking a more active role in
emergency preparedness projects in their community.
Pre-registration is required.

Activity #: 3359-103 Fee / RDF: Free
Dates: May 19 & 20
Days: Fri. & Sat. Hours: Fri. 4:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Sat. 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location: Newark Senior Center

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DAD Note: ASL Interpreters available if requested as Feta Fernsler, current DAD President is CERT certified.  These classes are offered every year or so if the dates do not work for you. 

Kent County: not listed, instead contact local office for details, see

Sussex County: Citizen Corps is used and works similarly to CERT.  See

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