Arlington CERT program to be offered in Spanish

The Arlington Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program will offer a Spanish-language course in the fall of 2020 (CERT photo)

The Arlington Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will conduct a “virtual” disaster-preparedness-and-response training course in Spanish from Oct. 28-Nov. 21, aimed at meeting the needs of the nearly 16 percent of county residents who are Latino.

“By acquiring the knowledge and skills, the Spanish-speaking community will be able to help each other at the household and neighborhood level and be better equipped to interact with and assist first-responders,” said Pablo Gonzalez, a Spanish-speaking instructor for the program and a member of the Anne Arundel/Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team.

CERT training teaches volunteers skills such as fire safety, light search-and-rescue, team organization and disaster-medical operations. These skills allow community members to step up when first-responders are delayed by the magnitude of the disaster.

To date, more than 950 individuals have been trained through the program in Arlington.

For information, see the Website at www.arlingtoncert.org.

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