Welcome to Chatham's Citizen Corps
ARE YOU PREPARED?
County is susceptible to numerous disasters, from severe weather
events to hazardous materials accidents, residents have a lot to be
prepared for. One way you can invest a little of your time now, to
help yourself, your family and neighborhood in a disaster is to get
involved with the Community Emergency Response Team program, better
known as CERT.
Local government prepares for everyday emergencies.
However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can
overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency
Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training
program for citizens of Chatham County. This valuable course is
designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors
and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.
CERT is a positive and realistic approach to
emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on
their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will
respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT
program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without
placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT training,
citizens learn to:
Control utilities in their home in an emergency
Extinguish small fires and prevent fires in the home
Basic first aid techniques appropriate in an emergency
Conduct basic search and rescue in a disaster situation
Organize spontaneous volunteers in a crisis
CERT courses consist of 16 hours of classroom instruction and hands
on training, followed by an end of course final exercise in a mock
Chatham Emergency Management Agency will host
classes in 2008. For the convenience of all Chatham County residents
classes will be conducted at various locations.
Any resident of Chatham County that is interested in learning more
about the CERT Program or would like to register for
upcoming classes should contact CEMA at 912-201-4500
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