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by | August 23, 2016 6:00 pm

Last Updated: August 21, 2016 at 11:48 am

Alyssa Bodison and Britney Allen graduated as the newest members of CERT on Saturday Aug. 6.

ALYSSA BODISON AND JULIE DIMITROV

ALYSSA BODISON AND JULIE DIMITROV

BRITNEY ALLEN AND JULIE DIMITROV

BRITNEY ALLEN AND JULIE DIMITROV

The Community Emergency Preparedness Team (CERT) consists of Colleton County residents who have completed training in disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, disaster psychology and terrorism awareness.
“In the aftermath of a hurricane or other disaster, government officials rely heavily on volunteers to do everything from help distribute water to checking on neighbors,” said Suzanne Gant, director of Colleton County Emergency Preparedness. “This takes a burden off rescuers, who cannot immediately respond to all those who need assistance.”

The emergency preparedness office offers free CERT classes that include 21 hours of class instruction held over a two-week period. Each graduate receives a certificate of completion.

Those interesting in joining may call emergency preparedness at 843-549-5632 to register for the next class.

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