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CERT seeking preparedness

July 28, 2011

DRILLING ... Carrying a mannequin in a tarpaulin was part of a recent search and rescue drill conducted in Berne by Adams County's Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). Four CERT members are shown at Swiss Heritage Village; from left, Kevin Nussbaum, Terry DeBolt, Don Hess, and Scott Marbaugh. (Photo provided)

    The Adams County Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) recently conducted a search and rescue exercise at Swiss Heritage Village in Berne.
    The CERT program began here in 2009 and, according to an announcement from the county Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the program "educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact the area and trains them in basic disaster response skills."
    Those skills include fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
    CERT members receive training in classrooms and in various drills.
    The CERT program is sponsored by the Adams County EMA and the federal EMA.
    Those interested in such classes should call Mark Chaffins, 724-5320, or contact him at

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