A free class in emergency preparedness is being offered in May by the Westport Community Emergency Response Team, a division of Westport Emergency Management.

The class take place from Friday, May 3, through Sunday, May 5, at the headquarters of the Westport Fire and Police departments. The training will consist of 20 hours of classes, and participants must be at least 18 years old and a resident of Westport or another Fairfield County community. Class is limited to 25 people. There is no charge for the training or materials.

The training is designed to prepare participants to assist Westport's emergency services during emergencies, such as snow storms, hurricanes, floods or natural and man-made disasters.

Fire Chief Andrew Kingsbury, Westport's emergency management director, said in a statement: "CERT volunteers provide valuable assistance to our first responders because they are trained and ready to help Westport fire, police, emergency medical services and Red Cross personnel, as well as residents and neighbors when a disaster strikes. CERT provided excellent help at the shelters during storms Irene and Sandy."

The CERT volunteers' training will include skills such as disaster psychology, first aid, AED, CPR, fire safety, traffic control, hazardous materials awareness, emergency shelters, light search and rescue, disaster scenarios and terrorism.

People interested in the CERT training should send an email to info@westportcert.org; call 203-226-0780 or visit www.westportcert.org