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Forsyth County community crisis program application closing soon

Today is the last day to apply for the Forsyth County Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training program. The course is scheduled to begin Monday, Feb. 27, and applications must be submitted by Thursday.

CERT, a national program started by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) after Sept. 11, 2001, teaches community members how to better prepare themselves, family members and immediate neighbors in the event of natural or man-made disaster or emergency.

“We use the CERT team to assist with inclement weather emergencies, lost and missing persons and also to help out in event of a tornado or large-scale disaster in Forsyth County,” said Cpl. Pete Sabella, a spokesman for the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. “The program focuses on disaster preparedness, fire safety, responding to medical emergencies and light search and rescue.”

The sheriff’s office, in partnership with the Forsyth County Fire Department and Emergency Management Agency, is offering the 10-week program for free to Forsyth County residents and those who work in the county.

Participants must be 18 or older to apply.

The class will be held every Monday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Forsyth County Public Safety Complex on Settingdown Road.

For more information or to apply, email Sabella at