Sunday, March 4, 2012

Why Storm Spotters/Chasers Should Be CERT Trained

On March 12, 2006 it became very obvious to my chase/spot partner (Jeff Kerr) and I that we should train for post disaster assistance. I even noted it in our log from that day. I did go on to receive that training, and feel better prepared for having it.

This video from two chasers out of Oklahoma really drives that point home. There are many reasons to become CERT trained. But two the biggest are:

1. Without the proper training, you may become part of the problem. Getting yourself hurt or killed will only complicate the recovery efforts, and reduce the attention the victims need. Emergency personnel don't need a bigger problem.

2. If you do come across a victim, you are going to want to help them. You can hurt them worse if you are not trained.

I highly recommend CERT training for everyone, even if you don't find yourself entering disaster areas. There are many skills learned that will help protect you and your family. And some day, hopefully never, you may really wish that you had this training to help during the aftermath of something like the May 22, 2011 Joplin, MO EF-5 tornado.

If you live in the Christian County area, there is a CERT training happening on Friday

If you live in the Christian County, MO area, there is a CERT training coming up on Friday/Saturday April 13th and 14th. This is a two day training. Friday night is 6:30pm to 9:30pm and Saturday is 8am to 4pm. It will be held at James River Assembly. If you are interested in receiving this FREE training, please call 417.581.2126. Tell them Jeff @ sent you.

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