BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Individuals looking to be prepared within their community the next time disaster strikes the state can receive free emergency response training.
Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) train individuals in basic preparedness and emergency response, according to a news release from Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser.
“One of the most important assets we have in Louisiana is our people and their willingness to pitch in and help their neighbors in a time of crisis. It truly says a lot about the Louisiana spirit,” said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “Through Volunteer Louisiana, we want to get people connected with the right trainings. This will help in the coordination of volunteer efforts when federal assistance is not available.”
Volunteer Louisiana is working with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP) to educate residents in emergency preparedness skills. The free training includes fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
“Emergency response training is especially critical in Louisiana, and CERT teams can help expand the capacity of local responders,” said Judd Jeansonne, Executive Director of Volunteer Louisiana.
The next CERT training sessions take place on Oct. 2 and Oct. 16 in New Iberia at the Iberia Recreation Center. Training takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration is required, click here to sign up.