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Teens can attend Cary's emergency training course

Posted January 3

An April snow storm has swept across the upper midwest and the northeast, tearing down trees and power lines, bringing high wind and unseasonably cold temperatures. Forecasters say there is more cold weather on the way.

This might be interesting for the right teen-parent pair ...

Later this month, Cary will offer a crash course in emergency response management during the first 72 hours of a weather emergency. Participants must be 18 or over, but teens ages 14 to 17 can take the course if they attend with a participating adult.

During the Community Emergency Response Training, students will learn about disaster preparedness, light search and rescue, medical care, fire extinguisher use, disaster psychology, and the CERT organization, according to a press release. CERT is managed by FEMA and the Department of Homeland Security.

Once they've completed the course, participants can join any CERT organization around the country. Cary CERT has about 100 active members. Cary's website has more information.

CERT members can help emergency responders during severe weather events such as huricanes, winter storms and flash floods when, in some cases, neighborhoods are cut off from outside emergency help, Cary's website says.

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