Community Emergency Response Training

Would you like to help your neighbors and community in an emergency?
CERT training being offered this Spring. Sign up now!

Staunton, Waynesboro, and Augusta County in partnership with the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission will be offering Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m. from April 11 – May 23. The course will be held at the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission office in Staunton.

This seven-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 either lives or works in Staunton, Waynesboro, or Augusta County. The course is free and all materials are provided. Pre-registration no later than April 5 is required. To pre-register for the course contact Rebecca Joyce, CERT Coordinator by email at or by telephone at 540-885-5174 ext. 112.

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