AUGUSTA COUNTY -- This month marked the 10th anniversary of the community emergency response team, or CERT.
CERT has been training community members on how to deal with natural disasters that may hit the area. It has 93 volunteers in the Augusta County area.
In the past decade, it helped to train more than 450 people. The classes teach civilians teamwork, disaster preparedness and basic medical skills.
Responders who have been through the program know the appropriate things to do in emergencies.
Members of the program said the more people who take the training, the safer the community will be.
“The more average citizens we have trained in basic things, they can help themselves, their families, their neighbors, so that the first responders can deal with the more significant issues that really need their professional training,” said Rebecca Joyce, the CERT coordinator.
The CERT training classes are free to take and they are typically offered in the fall and spring.
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