County of Maui News Release
Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents increases dramatically and professional first responders may not be immediately available in all areas.
Any disaster is unexpected and will disrupt lives. Preparation for the unexpected helps people take a level of control over their own safety, reduces anxiety, and provides the possibility of resuming a normal life more quickly following a disaster.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training educates citizens about hazards and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. When disasters happen, CERT members give critical support to professional first responders by providing immediate assistance to victims at a disaster site.
CERT Training is free to Maui County residents. The 28-hour course is taught over several days, consisting of classroom instruction and field exercises. CERT is sponsored by Maui Civil Defense Agency and taught by Maui Fire Department instructors.
CERT training is open to people of all abilities, age 18 and older, no previous experience needed. Ages 14-17 may attend with a parent or legal guardian.
The schedule for Molokai classes is:
5/3 Saturday Molokai High School – Cafeteria 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
5/10 Saturday Molokai High School – Cafeteria 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
5/17 Saturday Molokai High School – Cafeteria 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
5/31 Saturday Molokai High School – Cafeteria 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Participants must register to attend the training. Class size is limited and registration will be on a first come, first served basis.
To register, contact Maui Civil Defense at (808) 270-7285 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.