As I grow older and see more needs to help others, I decided to take some first responder type training. The CERT program (Citizens Emergency Response Team) is a national one that anyone can take part in. It is free (at least in our county) and is offered twice a year. If you call your local sheriff's office, they can tell you if they offer this program or something similar.
It is an 8 week class once a week for 3 hours that covers things like:
First Aid Certification
Light Search and Rescue
Psychological aspects of disaster
Live exercises to practice the things we learn
I had my overview class this week and while the speaker leaves a bit to be desired, it was good information to know. One of the main reasons I joined was so that I could use my insight with diabetes. Specially in Triage, where knowing how to recognize a hypoglycemic episode is important. I wanted to give back to my community and once I graduate I can become part of the local CERT team in my town.
People of all ages can do it and even with disabilities, they will find a place for a willing soul. If you are looking for a way to give back, I thought you might enjoy this.
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