Dorchester County is a member of the Lowcountry CERT program. CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The CERT training for community groups is usually delivered in 2 1/2 hour sessions, one evening a week over a 7 week period. The training consists of the following seven sessions:
- DISASTER PREPAREDNESS
- DISASTER FIRE SUPPRESSION/SAFETY
- DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS PART I
- DISASTER MEDICAL OPERATIONS, PART II
- LIGHT SEARCH AND RESCUE OPERATIONS
- CERT TEAM ORGANIZATION
- DISASTER PSYCHOLOGY AND TERRORISM
- COURSE REVIEW AND DISASTER SIMULATION
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace.
Age Requirement: Must be 18 and older.
If you are interested in the CERT program please E-mail Matthew McNamara at firstname.lastname@example.org