How can I learn what steps to take in emergencies?
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program helps train and equip citizens to be prepared to help themselves and their neighbors in the event of a disaster, crisis, or common emergency. CERT collaborates with the New Canaan Red Cross to provide the necessary help in case of a local disaster. CERT members can assist first responders, assist victims, and organize volunteers at a disaster site. Members must complete a six-session training program. For complete information, go online to newcanaancert.org or to ctredcross.org/newcanaan. CERT offers a 20-hour program, developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. You can also take training that leads to assisting emergency responders during a major disaster. The executive director is Nancy Upton, 203-966-1663.
The Connecticut Chapter of the American Red Cross, which includes New Canaan, offers emergency preparedness training, first aid and CPR courses. Call 1-877-287-3327 or go to ctredcross.org.