Wilton disaster preparedness training program to begin for residents

T.G. Rawlins, left, listens as Jack Majesky of Wilton CERT, pictured in 2014, goes over instructions before the annual 9/11 motorcycle caravan in that year. Wilton’s all-volunteer Community Emergency Response Team, in conjunction with the Wilton Emergency Management Director and Wilton Chief of Police John Lynch, has announced its annual disaster preparedness training program.

T.G. Rawlins, left, listens as Jack Majesky of Wilton CERT, pictured in 2014, goes over instructions before the annual 9/11 motorcycle caravan in that year. Wilton’s all-volunteer Community Emergency Response Team, in conjunction with the Wilton Emergency Management Director and Wilton Chief of Police John Lynch, has announced its annual disaster preparedness training program.

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Wilton’s all-volunteer Community Emergency Response Team, in conjunction with the Wilton Emergency Management Director and Wilton Chief of Police John Lynch, has announced their annual disaster preparedness training program.

The class begins on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and will run two times each week for four weeks on Tuesdays, and Thursdays evenings via Zoom.

Those who are interested should register as soon as possible.

Visit wiltoncert.org/disaster-preparedness-training for information and to register online.

Course participants must be age 16 or older. However, those individuals who are interested in joining Wilton CERT must be at least 18.

There is no cost for the training. For further information, contact wiltonctcert@gmail.com.

The course is for Wilton residents who wish to be properly trained to help family, friends and neighbors in the event of an emergency or a natural disaster.

CERT Instructors certified by the Connecticut Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, along with other instructors from the Wilton Police Department, Wilton Fire Department and Wilton Emergency Medical Services, will assist in the training.

The training will cover a variety of emergency skills, such as how to prepare for a disaster if and when it strike; tips on fire safety, including how to extinguish small fires; and how to evacuate a smoke-filled building, as well as basic first aid, disaster psychology, hazardous materials and terrorism awareness.

At the conclusion of the course, disaster preparedness backpack kits will be provided for free to all participants.

Upon successful completion of the course, graduates are eligible for and encouraged to join the Wilton CERT organization.

As part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Wilton CERT regularly provides assistance to the town, and its first responders, at large emergency incidents and public events.

Wilton CERT has performed a broad range of deployment activities, including traffic and crowd control duties, search and rescue missions for missing persons, provided staffing for Wilton’s COVID-19 vaccination clinics, emergency shelter and distributing emergency food.