Community Emergency Response Training Begins in March

Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County, in partnership with CSPDC, will be offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT).  Two courses will be offered, with an evening option on Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m. starting March 22nd and a morning course on Thursdays at 9:00 a.m. starting March 23rd.  The training will be held at the CSPDC office in Staunton.
This nine-week course uses a standard curriculum designed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and teaches basic skills in disaster preparedness, fire safety, first aid, terrorism awareness, disaster psychology, and search & rescue.  The CERT course is designed to give the average person tools to prepare themselves and their family during severe weather or other emergencies when emergency personnel are overwhelmed and may not be able to respond immediately.
The course is open to anyone who lives or works in Staunton, Waynesboro, or Augusta County.  The course is free and all materials are provided. Participants must pre-register no later than March 17, 2017, by contacting CERT Coordinator Rebecca Joyce, at 540-885-5174 or by email at