The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

April 26, 2013

CERT course being offered in Greenbrier County


— Greenbrier Valley Citizen Corps and Western Greenbrier CERT will be offering a basic CERT class at the Rainelle Volunteer Fire Department on May 3 and 4. Community Emergency Response Teams or CERTs are formed by communities or neighborhoods who want to be better prepared for the hazards that threaten their community.

They are trained to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in an emergency or disaster event before emergency services can get there. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. The CERT training includes disaster readiness, how to assess damage after a disaster, extinguish small fires and fire safety, perform light search and rescue, perform triage and provide medical services to the injured, and disaster psychology.

For more information on CERTs please visit the website http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams. 

To register for the May CERT training in Rainelle, contact Greenbrier County Emergency Management at 304-645-5444, or e-mail paula.brown@greenbriercountyema.net.

Space is limited to 15 participants, so call early to register.