Fairfield Harbourís Community Emergency Response Team Hosts Free Disaster Preparedness Classes
New Bern, NC, August 28, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Fairfield Harbour, a residential boating and golf community located 15 minutes from historic New Bern, has announced that its Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will host six free disaster preparedness classes in September at the Activity Center, located at 904 Coral Reef Drive. Offered annually, CERT training is a nationally recognized program made available by FEMA that provides attendees with valuable safety information in the event of an emergency. Classes will be held on the following dates and times:
- Tuesday, Sept. 10, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 14, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 17, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 19, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
- Saturday, Sept. 21, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The Fairfield Harbour CERT program instructs on basic first aid, light search and rescue, volunteer safety and home fire safety, including hands-on fire extinguisher practice. Additionally, attendees will learn about the disaster psychology involved when dealing with victims of tragedy. The course will conclude with a mock disaster drill to place attendees in a real-life situation to display what they learned. Afterwards, attendees will receive a certificate of course completion at the graduation ceremony.
Identical programs are offered across the United States in a national effort to train volunteers who wish to respond to disasters. The course is open to community members of all ages. For more information, call Marcia Richmond at (252) 633-5570.
“We are excited to have Fairfield Harbour’s CERT host free disaster preparedness courses in September,” said Mystre’ Van Horn, on-site community manager for Fairfield Harbour. “With our community located in eastern North Carolina, hurricanes and tropical storms are always something warranting caution, so learning how to respond appropriately to those disasters and other similar situations is vital information for our community and its neighbors.”
“Fairfield Harbour is a community that supports one another no matter the situation,” said Larry Knapp, president of the Fairfield Harbour board of directors. “Training with our CERT members helps our residents and the local community members become better prepared to assist each other in disastrous situations.”
“One can never be too prepared when it comes to providing relief after a natural disaster,” said Marcia Richmond, director of the Fairfield Harbour CERT. “We invite people of all ages to enjoy a morning or evening session with us, where they can learn the safety precautions needed when helping our community during a dangerous situation.”
About Fairfield Harbour:
Established in 1975, Fairfield Harbour is a boating and golf community located 15 minutes from historic New Bern, North Carolina. Residents living in this recreational, resort and retirement community have access to numerous social networks as well as a 75-acre manmade harbor along the Neuse River that lies only 18 miles from the Intracoastal Waterway. Fairfield Harbour is located on more than 2,000 acres and includes more than 1,300 privately-owned single family homes, 144 condominiums and 24 townhouses. Dedicated to giving back to the community, Fairfield Harbour and its residents actively support more than 75 nonprofit groups in the region, including the Wounded Warrior Project, Tryon Palace, Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation and Coastal Women’s Shelter. Community Association Services (CAS, Inc.), which is led by John Stone, president, serves as the professional management company for Fairfield Harbour. Fairfield Harbour was most recently named “Community of the Year” by the Community Association Institute of North Carolina. For more information about Fairfield Harbour, visit http://www.fhpoa.com.