CERT

 

Citizen Volunteers Wanted for Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT)

 

 

          CERT Application             

 

 

Charleston Countys Emergency Preparedness Division is accepting applications from citizens who want to be a part of the Countys Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Citizens can apply for the upcoming course, which runs from July. 5 through Aug. 23.

 

CERT is a federally-funded grant program that allows Charleston County employees to train citizens how to be better prepared in the event of a disaster, and to be able to go out into their communities to help their neighbors after a disaster.

 

Each CERT course consists of three-hour classes once a week, over a period of eight weeks.

 

The classes are offered free of charge by Charleston Countys Emergency Preparedness Division.

 

The training course will be held, from 6-9 p.m. on Thursdays at the County Public Services Building (4045 Bridge View Drive, North Charleston).

 

CERT is modeled after a program created by the Los Angeles City Fire Department, and the training promotes a partnering effort between emergency services and the people they serve.

 

The goal of the program is to bridge the time gap between the occurrences of the disastrous event and when emergency services agencies are able to respond.

 

CERT is targeted toward neighborhoods, businesses, communities of faith, clubs and organizations, etc. Participants are trained in disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology, and basic terrorism awareness.

 

Applications can be submitted at any time. For more information on CERT, contact Jim Tarter by phone at (843) 202-7405 or by e-mail at jtarter@charlestoncounty.org. To fill out an application online, visit Charleston Countys Web site at www.charlestoncounty.org.

 

 



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