WCSO NEWS RELEASE
Most people know they should prepare themselves for an emergency. They know they should have an emergency kit and family plan and know some basic emergency medical techniques.
People know all this, but that doesn’t mean they are prepared.
September is National Emergency Preparedness Month, and the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers are using this month to remind the public about the importance of making emergency preparation a year-round activity.
CERT volunteers will provide useful information about emergency planning and public safety at several of September’s special events, including the Great Reno Balloon Race and the National Championship Air Races.
For those looking for an opportunity for some intense emergency preparedness training, CERT is also offering a free emergency preparedness and response academy beginning September 19.
The CERT Academy provides residents with the information they need to help save lives and reduce trauma in the event of an emergency. CERT Academy training includes disaster preparedness, emergency medical techniques, fire safety, search and rescue, disaster psychology and terrorism awareness education.
The CERT Academy offers a total of 24 hours of training during six sessions over two consecutive weekends. The training is free and trainees are not required to become a Citizen Corps volunteer to participate.
To sign up for the Academy, call (775) 325-6927 or (775) 325-6928, or email [email protected] .
About Citizen Corps
Approximately 200 volunteers currently serve in the Citizen Corps administered by the Washoe County Sheriff’s Office. The Corps consists of five teams: the Sheriff’s Mobile Auxiliary Response Team, Citizens Homeland Security Council, Community Emergency Response Team and Animal Rescue Team.
During 2012, Citizen Corps volunteers donated over 18,000 hours of service to their community, saving the Sheriff’s Office $388,000 in staff time. In 2010, FEMA recognized the achievements of Washoe County’s Citizen Corps by awarding them the National Citizen Corps Achievement Awards- Outstanding Citizen Corps Council Award for a council serving a population under 750,000.
For more information about the Washoe County Citizen Corps, visit http://www.wcsovolunteer.org/.
The Washoe County Sheriff’s Office celebrated 150 years of proud service and community partnership in 2011. Sheriff Michael Haley is the 25th person elected to serve as the sheriff of Washoe County. His office continues to be the only full service public safety agency operating within northern Nevada and is responsible for operating the consolidated detention facility, regional crime lab, Northern Nevada Counter Terrorism Center, Internet Crimes against Children Task Force, court security, service of civil process, traditional street patrols and Regional Animal Services.