How Prepared Are You When Disaster Strikes?

May 31, 2005 -- Posted at 11:00 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO -- It's the community emergency response team--abbreviated C.E.R.T.

In a major disaster, like an earthquake, even the responders are affected.

The team training prepares citizens in the community to react appropriately in the event disaster strikes, and you are left to fend for yourself.

This is the second in a series of training sessions teaching people the very basics of fire extinguishing, first aid, light rescue, and team organization.

The goal is to give the average citizen the knowledge to take care of themselves and their neighbors in the first 72 hours, which are most critical.

Office of Emergency Management Coordinator, Jack Richardson, says the more you know about how to take care of yourself, the less you have to put your own safety in the hands of someone else.

"In a major disaster, like an earthquake, even the responders are affected. They have to get their act together and get their things together and the outside sources coming in. Of course, in a major disaster, it may be longer than that before we get any outside assistance," said Richardson.

If you, or a group that you know of, would like emergency response team training, you can reach Jack Richardson, here in Jonesboro, at 870-933-4575.