Residents of Beaufort County and surrounding areas will soon have the opportunity to learn how they can help their communities better prepare for hurricanes and similar disasters.
On Saturday, February 26, the Wilkinson Center in Belhaven will host a Community Emergency Response training presentation beginning at 3 p.m. and lasting approximately one hour. The presentation is free and open to the public, including residents of Beaufort, Hyde, Washington counties and other local areas. If there is enough interest in the program, the state will offer CERT training locally.
The CERT program is offered by the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
“The Community Emergency Response Team program educates volunteers on disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, search and rescue. light rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations,” a program description reads. “CERT provides a consistent, national approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on in the event of a disaster.”
“As you know, our area is particularly prone to hurricanes (although we may also be prone to other disasters),” Cris Noble, pastor of Trinity United Methodist Church, said in an email. “While most residents have some experience with these things, I believe there is a lot of room to improve our preparation. National and local authorities are doing a great job, but many people remain unprepared or unprepared, and very few are able to help others during such events. We lost our home in Hurricane Floyd (1999) and although we survived it would have been great to have had some training for such an event.