New Walton County Citizen Corps class begins on April 6

By Tom Pleatman

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The Walton County Citizens Corps is taking applications for their tenth CERT training class beginning on April 6, 2017 and running for seven weeks, Thursdays at 7 PM to 9:30 PM. The class will be held at Good Hope City Hall, 169 Highway 83 South, Good Hope, GA. The final class will be a live exercise held on a Saturday morning, May 20. Those interested in the class should visit the CERT website at http://www.waltoncert.org to download and complete an application. A detailed description of the course can be found on the CERT website. Classes can fill up quickly, and there is limited space available. Those interested in CERT training should preregister as soon as possible. The CERT training class is free.

Before training can be completed, trainees are required to complete an online class that provides an overview of the training they will receive. This short course is free and can be completed at an individual pace prior to training. Once completed a copy of the Certificate should be turned in at the training class. Visit http://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-317 to take the online class and be pre-certified to take the CERT training.

The Walton County Community Emergency Response Team has trained and graduated more than 100 Walton County Citizens since 2010. From teenagers, to the retired, and even the disabled, Walton citizens of all ages and backgrounds are ready, trained, and able to step up and help in the event of a significant emergency at home, work, or in the community. In many instances since 2010, CERT trained individuals have already been using their training to assist in emergency situations and save lives. Walton County’s Director of Emergency Management, Donald McCullough says, “Getting our citizens better prepared is crucial to minimize the impact to our community should we have a major disaster like a tornado.”

To learn more, visit the CERT website at http://www.waltoncert.org

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