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CERT Members Are Honored

The Colleton County Emergency Preparedness Agency honored the members of the Colleton County Emergency Response Team (CERT) during the group’s annual Christmas Appreciation Luncheon held on Tuesday, December 19,2017. All CERT members received recognition and a certificate of appreciation for their volunteer services. Jessie Gooding was honored for having the most hours served to assist the agency and her community. Mrs. Gooding gave 144 hours serving our community by answering telephone lines in the emergency operations center during Hurricane Irma and in the Emergency

Preparedness Agency’s office throughout the year. She also performed door-to-door notifications in her neighborhood,and she participated in Map Your Neighborhood Campaign. After Hurricane Irma, Mrs. Gooding called citizens that had storm damages and referred them to Disaster Recovery for assistance. She also serves as the fundraising coordinator for the Low Country Long Term Recovery Group.

The Colleton County Emergency Preparedness Agency is very appreciative of each member’s time and assistance given to this county. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their community and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. A CERT member is a person who is trained to prepare for and respond after a disaster in their neighborhood. Our team of trained members work together year round in continuing education and training drills. During this past year, our CERT members gave of their time to help our county prepare for disaster, distribute emergency preparedness information, and participate in coordinated training exercises.

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