CERT Two Continues to Create Awareness in Dominica

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Mr. Steve Joseph, Acting Programme Officer of Disaster Management

The Office of Disaster Management is conducting a week long training, to sensitize, empower and equip communities in response to emergencies and disasters.

The Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) is the second of its kind and collaborates with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency, (CDEMA), and Enhancing Resilience to Reduce Vulnerability (ERC) project, UKAID, the Canadian International Development Agency (CEDA), Australian AID along with funded support from the Government of Italy.

The participants are not being trained to replace the emergency services, but to assist in the event that a disaster happens.

Mr. Steve Joseph, Acting Programme Officer of Disaster Management, said that the training consists of two segments which are the theory and practical aspects and will certainly enhance, promote and facilitate the kind of recovery needed after an incident.

Part of the aim of the CERT, is for participants to gain leadership roles, organize basic trainings for other persons within the community and building the local capacity to ensure the continuance of this programme.

The training will end on Friday, 14th September. The CDEMA team will assess and provide support to the Office of Disaster Management during the training.

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