The camp is associated with Community Emergency Response Teams. CERT was created through federal Homeland Security legislation and is currently funded through Federal Emergency Management Agency grants and local sponsorships. More than 35 states have created CERT programs.
CERT is a group of concerned citizens that is organized and receives 20 hours of training that covers the needed lifesaving skills with emphasis on decision making and safety.
The Teen CERT camp will be held from July 23-28 at the old airport in Jasper. The day camp is open to teens in 9th through 12th grade. Tuition for the course is $50.
By participating in the camp, students will earn a two-year CPR certification. They will also learn about disaster first-aid, light search and rescue techniques, hazardous materials safety and how to properly use a fire extinguisher.
“Teen CERT training teaches youth readiness and response skills. Hands-on practice and realistic exercises prepare you for the unexpected in your community,” Ready Walker Citizens Corps officials said in a press release.
Throughout the camp, teens will participate in drills, games and team-building exercises, and the training will end with a disaster drill with local first-responsers.
The camp will also include a session with the Animals in Disaster portion of CERT, where the teens will learn how to prepare their pets and help other animals during a disaster.
For more information about Teen Cert, contact Christine Wilson at 205-388-1729.