Registration is open through July 6 for Community Emergency Response Team training sessions for teenagers ages 11 to 19 and for adults 21 and older this month in Belle Chasse.
The training is free and is open to residents of Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines and St. Bernard parishes. It is offered by the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Region 1 Urban Areas Security Initiative and Louisiana Citizen Corps.
Participants will learn about basic disaster preparedness response skills including first aid, fire safety, search and rescue, team-building skills and disaster medical operations. Other areas of instruction will include terrorism awareness, bullying, and the dangers of drinking and driving and texting and driving. Hands-on training will consist of CPR, proper use of a fire extinguisher and field exercises with simulated disaster scenarios.
The Teen CERT Camp will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, July 13-17, at Belle Chasse Primary School, 539 F. Edward Hebert Blvd., Belle Chasse. A free lunch will be provided.
A separate session for adults 21 and older is being held Saturday and Sunday, July 18 and 19, at the same location.
Nearly 200 teenagers from the metro area attended last year’s three-day Teen CERT Academy at Lafreniere Park in Metairie.
To register, contact PPSO Deputy Allen Jolly at (504) 391-2004. Other Region I CERT coordinators are Timmy Gautreau in Jefferson Parish, (504) 349-5360; Eric Pickering in Orleans Parish, (504) 616-5000; and Charles Borchers in St. Bernard Parish, (504) 278-7628.
Registration packets, including a code of conduct, medical release and permission forms, are available on the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office website, www.ppso.net, under the information tab.