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CERT

Community Emergency
Response Team

               Citizens Corps
      

Lowcountry CERT Is the CERT Members non- profit organization created to expand the CERT program in the tri - county area and raise funds for the on-going needs of locally trained CERTs.  In addition to continuing education, teams require equipment and other resources to remain prepared to assist in disasters.

For more information please go to www.LCERT.org




CERT TRAINING SCHEDULE

 

Charleston County is a member of the Lowcountry CERT program.

 

Training is coordinated by Emergency Management in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

 

Adult Classes are offered throughout the year at no cost to anyone 18 years old or over to residents of the respective counties.

 

We also offer CERT training for teens through the Lowcountry Teen CERT program!

 

As classes are scheduled they will be posted on the Lowcountry CERT website at: www.LCERT.org

 


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CERTThe Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) concept was developed and implemented by the City of Los Angeles Fire Department in 1985. They recognized that citizens would very likely be on their own during the early stages of a disaster.

Accordingly, they decided some basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills would improve the ability of citizens to survive until responders or other assistance could arrive. Their training program proved to be so beneficial, that the Federal Emergency Management Agency felt that the concept and the program should be made available to communities nationwide.

On a local level, the S.C. Emergency Management Division sponsors training for representatives from each county to become certified to train individual CERT teams within their community.

CERT teams can be comprised of neighbors, fellow employees within an industry, schools, church groups, civic organizations, etc. To qualify as a neighborhood team, at least three members from a designated area or organization need to participate in and complete the training program.

This course is recommended for anyone interested in learning basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. This training will provide the participant with valuable skills needed to survive in a disaster or other life-threatening emergency.

Topics to be covered include disaster fire suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue skills; as well as disaster psychology and teamwork.



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