CROFTON, Ky. (11/21/13) — The Pennyrile Regional Citizen Corps Council conducted a major training exercise for Community Emergency Response Teams Saturday, Nov. 16 at Gordon Park in Crofton (Christian County). An all-day event, the exercise brought in 70 people from throughout the Pennyrile, and provided an opportunity for a group of Boy Scouts to earn their Emergency Preparedness merit badge. County Emergency managers from two counties, several fire departments, a very qualified training team, and a large number of tremendously motivated CERT members spent the first part of the day at refresher training stations for all components of the CERT program, and followed up with a mock disaster scenario involving a tornado touchdown in the Crofton area.
CERT members are trained to react to small fires. Those present received hands-on training. Downed trees present a major challenge to responders after storms. Chain saw safety was reviewed. People can easily become pinned under debris during an emergency; CERTs are trained to know their limits, and handle situations safely.
Driving home the timeliness and value of this training event, an actual tornado touched down the following day just north of the training area, requiring emergency response from many of the same people involved in the previous day's exercise.
Information provided by Jim Creighton
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