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Anderson CERT Team Conducts Disaster Response Training

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ANDERSON COUNTY, S.C. -

The CERT Team in Anderson County is practicing what they would do in case of a disaster.

Members of the sheriff's Community Emergency Response Team are conducting a disaster scenario on Saturday at the former National Guard Armory in Anderson. They're community members who are trained to help first responders if a disaster were to happen here in the Upstate.

They are trained to triage patients and provide minor care and they're doing that while responding to a mock tornado at the Armory. Inside there was smoke, patients who were acting as if they were injured and other obstacles that help members train as if it were real life.

7 On Your Side asked how this training would help keep people in the Upstate safe. Director Anita Donley said the team would help assist those who first responders might be to busy to help and who have less serious injuries. They also would play a large role if something like what happened in Boston, were to happen here.

"CERT members could work a situation like that like working the perimeter, keeping traffic out, keeping crowds under control and that sort of thing," said Donley.

The public was invited to watch the team practice using its training on search and rescue, fire safety and disaster medical operations.

The team has also been trained on terrorism and disaster psychology. They train twice a year with exercises but work all year round to make sure they're prepared. They have 45 members now but welcome anyone interested in getting involved. Also donations like water bottles and blankets are appreciated.

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