Reserve Officers Needed!

For Immediate Release
September 21, 2017
Get Involved during National Preparedness Month!
“September, National Preparedness Month, is an annual event to remind citizens to be prepared,” said Dale Lane, Director Shelby County Office of Preparedness (SCOP). “However, this September, following epic hurricanes with record breaking flooding in Texas and Louisiana and the powerful earthquakes that shook Mexico…we need no reminder that personal preparedness can save lives. Anyone can learn how to prepare for disasters and survive. Let us help!”

September 24 – 30, the 4th week of National Preparedness Month, ask citizens to “Get Involved! Be a Part of Something Larger.”
SCOP invites you to get involved and explore these opportunities:

 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT): This FREE, 2-day preparedness training helps citizens learn what to do before, during and after a disaster until professional responders arrive on the scene. CERT is presented with lectures, videos, and hands-on training. Modules include disaster preparedness, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, fire suppression, hazardous materials, medical first-aid and triage and terrorism. A final scenario allows students to practice the skills they learned during the sessions.
The next class is October 28 and November 4, 2017, 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 SCOP Reserves: The Shelby County Office of Preparedness is recruiting volunteers for the Reserve Program. Reserves are trained in all aspects of emergency preparedness and fill vital roles during emergency situations. They also assist the staff by providing disaster preparedness training with community outreach activities. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, a Shelby County resident, have a high school (or equivalent) diploma, and be 18 years of age. Reserves are required to volunteer 4 hours per month and attend a monthly meeting. To register for CERT training or apply for the SCOP Reserve Program, please visit
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