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Citizens needed for disaster training

The Washington County/Johnson City Emergency Management Agency is calling on proactive citizens who would like to take a leadership role in their communities should a disaster occur.
EMA has become a part of a national network of Community Emergency Response Program communities.
CERT is designed to help neighborhoods prepare for and respond after catastrophic disasters such as winter storms, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, floods and other major emergencies.
The basic CERT course will include those components necessary to get the team started and become capable of performing basic CERT functions.
Each member must complete 25 hours of courses that will be held June 1-2, 15-16 at the Limestone Volunteer Fire Department, 3865 Old State Route 34.
Teams will learn —
• Disaster Preparedness: Instructs team members how to prepare themselves and their neighborhoods for the various hazards that may occur.
• Team Organization and Disaster Psychology: Addresses organization and management principles necessary for a CERT to operate successfully. Covers critical incident stress for victims as well as workers.
• Medical Operations: Team members will learn how to conduct triage, establish medical treatment areas, to provide basic first aid for victims.
• Damage Assessment: Team members will learn how to rapidly assess damage employing a standardized format used throughout the county.
• Disaster Simulation: A small scale disaster simulation is also part of the basic program.
• Fire Suppression: Team members will learn how to use extinguishers and other equipment to suppress small fires.
• Light Search and Rescue: Team members will learn light search and rescue planning, techniques, and rescuer safety.
Registration is limited. To sign up or for more information, call Chad Bruckman at 434-6082 or email [email protected]