Emergency Response Team Receives Grant Renewal
By GEORGE WILKENS gwilkens@tampatrib.com
Published: Jul 21, 2005

TEMPLE TERRACE - A state grant has been renewed for a volunteer group founded four years ago in New Tampa, allowing the scheduling of day and evening classes in emergency response training.

The Hillsborough County and Greater Tampa Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, has trained nearly 300 volunteers since its 2001 founding, said Don Nevins of Pebble Creek, a longtime member of the team's planning committee.

This month, the group -- founded as New Tampa CERT -- received an $18,000 state Emergency Management Program grant, Nevins said.

CERT trains residents how to prepare for and respond to emergencies or natural disasters that may strike their community. Instruction includes first aid, fire safety, search and rescue, and disaster psychology.

"It's a good program, and it's as timely as all get-out with hurricane season" in full swing, Nevins said.

Classes are free and limited to 25 people. Registration is required and can be accomplished by calling Bette McCullough at (813) 224-8920. Those who complete the course receive backpacks equipped with emergency gear.

Class sessions are:

7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23 and 25 at the Meadowood condominium complex, 8700 Meadowood Blvd.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at the Museum of Science & Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave.

To see a special multimedia report on CERT please go to TBO.com, Keyword: CERT