Greenville Co. hosts CERT Training program

CERT Training (Source: Greenville Co SC CERT Facebook)
CERT Training (Source: Greenville Co SC CERT Facebook)

GREENVILLE CO, SC (WSPA) – When disaster strikes, do you know how to keep you and your family safe?

The Greenville County Emergency Management team is making sure you know what to do in any emergency situation.

Civilians can be trained to join the Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT for short. In just one month, people learn everything from how to stop bleeding to how to perform a search and rescue.

The program is designed to teach people what to do before emergency responders get to the scene. At the end of the end of the training, participants go home with their own kit of emergency gear.

With the tornadoes and heavy rain we’ve seen here in the Upstate, these skills are crucial when it comes to making split second decisions.

“In 95 percent of disasters, a bystander is the first person that’s going to respond,” says Rachel Nafziger, a spokesperson for Greenville Co. Emergency Management. “They’re going to try to help a person, and if they don’t know how to stop bleeding, or how to open an airway, then that person may die. This is the kind of training that you hope you never have to use, but you’re very grateful if you do need it.”

There is still time to sign up for the spring session, but spots are filling up fast.You can register online, you can contact Rachel Nafziger at rnafziger@greenvillecounty.org, or by calling 864-467-2680.

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