Volunteer Louisiana provides emergency response training

BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (press release) – Storms like Hurricane Ida remind us all of the critical importance of community preparedness and neighborly mutual aid. Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) are a perfect blend of the two: they train members in basic preparedness and emergency response. As we near the end of the 2021 hurricane season and look into the 2022 season, Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser and Volunteer Louisiana are encouraging people to get involved and take CERT training.

“One of the most important assets we have in Louisiana is our people and their willingness to get involved and help their neighbors in times of crisis. It says a lot about the spirit of Louisiana, ”said Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser. “Thanks to Volunteer Louisiana, we want to put people in contact with the right training. This will help coordinate the efforts of volunteers when federal help is not available.

“Emergency response training is particularly critical in Louisiana, and CERT teams can help expand the capacities of local responders,” said Judd Jeansonne, executive director of Volunteer Louisiana.

Volunteer Louisiana, in conjunction with the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOSHEP), supports CERT training statewide. CERT educates volunteers in disaster preparedness to prepare for dangers that may impact their regions. CERT’s basic training includes emergency response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team building and disaster medical operations; essential skills to help people take care of themselves and others in an emergency.

Next CERT trainings:

CERT formation of the Iberia parish
Iberia Leisure Center

113 Willow Wood Drive

New Iberia, LA 70563

  • Appointment: October 2 and 16
  • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Registration is compulsory. Anyone interested in participating should visit www.volunteerlouisiana.gov/disaster-services/emergency-preparedness register.

Volunteer Louisiana, located in the office of Lieutenant Governor Billy Nungesser, manages 16 AmeriCorps state programs, promotes volunteerism, and coordinates spontaneous and unaffiliated disaster volunteers. It is supported by grants from the federal agency, AmeriCorps. To learn more about AmeriCorps State programs or for more information about Volunteer Louisiana, visit www.VolunteerLouisiana.gov.