Community responders training starts Jan. 25

From press reports

The Winston County Sheriff’s office will hold training for CERT (Community Emergency Response Team), Friday, Jan. 25, and Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Winston County Courthouse Annex.

The program is free. The Winston County Sheriff’s office is hoping to gain additional volunteers to join the ranks of their community emergency response team. The Friday, Jan. 25 meeting will begin at 5 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 26 meeting will begin at 8 a.m.

Registration is only available to the first 15 Winston County residents. Visit the Winston County Sheriff’s office for a registration form. Training will help participants protect themselves, their family and their community during emergencies.

Participants will learn how to create and execute a plan for safety, shelter, medical needs, communication, food, and other consumables during emergencies. It will outline how to be prepared for a power outage, gasoline shortage, blocked roads, and no well-water access. It will explain how to survive the first 72-hours of an emergency.

The CERT training program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the community. This includes basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

CERT training teaches basic skills to help during emergencies, and is one way to “give back” to the community. CERT volunteers help neighbors. They reduce the stress on the Police, Fire and Rescue Squad in times of emergency by lessening potential calls for help For more information about the CERT training program or to receive a registration form, contact the J.J. Jenkins at the Winston County Sheriff’s Department or email her at or call her at 662-803-2713.