CERT began on the Eastern Shore in 2004. CERT members have played a key role in manning Accomack’s Point of Distribution sites (PODS) and distributing emergency preparedness public education materials to Eastern Shore citizens and visitors. They participate in local and regional exercises – by exercising their capabilities in the tested task or by role-playing as victims or visitor, etc. CERT also plays a vital role in the Cities Readiness Initiative (CRI), where CERT members are partnered with the Eastern Shore Health District and local law enforcement to distribute prophylactic medication to the entire Eastern Shore within 48 hours during a public health emergency.
CERT members are trained via a 21 hour class offered to Eastern Shore citizens in various locations and at various times. There are currently over 250 CERT members on the Shore. Classes are taught in a time frame most suitable to the group. Some classes are taught to business groups during working hours while other classes are taught in the evenings and/or on weekends.
Contact JJ Justis, CERT Coordinator at 757-302-4267 or any CERT member for more information and to get information about the next available class.
When taking a CERT class, you will learn to:
CERT members in Community Spanish Class @ ESCC
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