Houston County EMA Wants You For Community Emergency Response

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

Ever wondered what you might do if there's a large-scale disaster in your hometown?

What about a home emergency, like a loved-one suffering a heart attack?

The Houston County Emergency Management Agency is looking to get you involved in Community Emergency Response Teams, otherwise known as C.E.R.T.

"The first few minutes is very vital," and, Densie Williams knows what he's talking about.

Before becoming an instructor and coordinator for Community Emergency Response Teams for Houston County EMA, he spent 27-years with the Dothan Fire Department.

He says the importance of training for emergencies became more evident after March 1st of last year.

"When the tornado came through, all of the emergency services went straight to the high school because that was the facility that had the largest amount of people," Williams continued.

However, C.E.R.T. training teaches ordinary citizens the basics to help themselves and others, from everything from hurricanes and tornadoes, to heart attacks and falling accidents.

"We teach First Aid, we teach, fire safety in the home,” Williams added. “We even touch on terrorism, what to expect; in a mass casualty how to triage people to help our emergency services."

Williams says he and 16 other instructors have trained a large range of people throughout the county.

They have targeted neighborhoods and organizations in the past, and now, they want to begin training businesses on techniques that could save lives.

There is no cost attached to the C.E.R.T. Training.

Twenty hours are required to complete the course.

If you are interested, call the Houston County EMA at 794-9720.

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