A CERT is a group of volunteer citizens who are trained to assist their community in the event of natural or man-made disasters when emergency services may not be immediately available.
CERTs are about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the community.
CERT members are trained in disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology and basic terrorism awareness.
When participants have completed the eight week training, they will be eligible members of Lowcountry CERT, a not-for-profit organization that sustains CERTs in the Tri-County area.
When not responding to disaster, CERT members have the opportunity to:
· Provide first-aid, crowd control or other services at community events
· Hold planning, training or recruitment meetings
· Conduct or participate in disaster response exercises
· Raise funds for emergency response equipment in their community
Participants must be a Tri-County resident and a minimum of 18 years of age.