Barrow County CERT Wants Residents to be Disaster Ready
A series of classes in disaster preparedness training will be offered beginning next month.
The Barrow County Community Emergency Response Team is offering training classes in disaster preparedness for residents next month.
“If at least one family member in every household would take this class it would make a difference in the safety of the community,” CERT President Mike Wilson said in a news release.
These classes educate citizens in disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the Barrow County area. Instructors train students in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Classes are also designed so those who take the course can assist others in their neighborhoods or workplaces following an event when first responders are not immediately available to help.
Those who choose to join CERT after taking the initial classes continue to train monthly. The team also stays active by participating in county and community events.
The next CERT class starts Thursday, Aug. 16 and will run though Oct. 4. The classes are free and are held at Barrow County Emergency Services Station 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursdays. If you are interested in enrolling in the next course or would like more information, visit www.barrowcert.org or call Mike Wilson at 770-868-0548.