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Community Emergency Response team to be featured at 4th Friday

Residents who know how to help their neighbors in an emergency will be the focus of the Fourth Friday Luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 26 in the North College Center.

St. Francois County 911 Director Alan Wells, CERT Trainer Brenda Wyatt, and CERT Volunteer Pattie Smith will speak about this federal program that has national, state, and county impact.

 The catered luncheon is open to the public. Lunch is $7 per person. Reservations should be made by Sept. 23 by calling Peggy Gillespie, (573) 518-2146.

CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

 Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can help  others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

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