Individuals train to lead emergency response teams

By Brandi Hodges - bio | email

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) -  Saturday morning several folks participated in Community Emergency Response Team training through the Craighead County Office of Emergency Management.

As part of their training everyone must move through a hallway and into a room that are both blocked by debris and injured people.

The exercise simulates the destruction left behind after an earthquake.  The purpose is to train people to take care of themselves and others around them in case of an emergency until other help can arrive.

"People in a neighborhood when those fire trucks can't get down the road they shut down their basic utilities how to do very basic search and rescue," said Charles Jones with the Craighead County OEM.

Saturday's class was a "train the trainer" class so those individuals can go back to their communities and train others.  People from Poinsett, Greene, and Craighead Counties took part in the class.

Those with the OEM want to continue this class throughout the area so more folks are disaster ready.

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