Franklin County’s public safety officials have teamed up to show local citizens how to react when disaster strikes, with a series of eight training sessions, beginning at 6 p.m. today at the West Frankfort Fire Department, 201 E. Nolen St.
Each session will run from 6 to 9 p.m., today through Nov. 21.
The county’s Community Emergency Response Team program educates people about hazards that can affect their area; it also trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations.
Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace after an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.
“CERT training is an excellent opportunity for families and co-workers to become better educated about emergencies and how to react to them while doing something productive together,” said Ryan M. Buckingham, the county’s director of emergency management.
The program welcomes all residents regardless of age and abilities. All training is conducted by emergency management personnel with assistance of local public safety officials in accordance with Federal Emergency Management Agency guidelines.
CERT members also are encouraged to take a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
For additional information or to register for the training online, visit www.franklincountyema.com or contact the Franklin County Emergency Management Agency at 618-439-4362.