Free Community Emergency Response Team classes set for Dec. 5-16

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The next session of free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes, offered by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office, will be held in December.

The program provides training to Beaufort County residents to increase self-sufficiency in a disaster. Participants learn skills that will enable them to provide emergency assistance to their families and neighbors.

CERT classes are free of charge and are held at the Technical College of the Lowcountry (Room 125), 100 Community College Drive in Bluffton.

The course is taught in four class sessions, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., and one Saturday exercise class from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Topics and dates are: Dec. 5, Personal Preparedness and Hazard Mitigation; Dec. 7, Disaster Medical I; Dec. 12, Disaster Psychology and Terrorism Response; Dec. 14, Disaster Medical II, and CERT Organization. The day-long class Dec. 16 will include hands-on exercises in fire suppression and disaster search techniques.

For more information or to register, contact Maj. David Zeoli, deputy division commander of the Emergency Management Division, at 843-812-8035, or instructor Kris Legg at 843-263-2783, or email cert@bcgov.net.

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