Pickens County CERT
“Preparedness Through Education”
Pickens CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is the CERT team located in Pickens County, SC. We are a smaller group, but are trying to grow in size and number. This website is designed to help provide our CERT graduates, members, and prospective members with a wealth of information about our Community Emergency Response Team. Please feel free to browse our website for more information, and check back often as we try to regularly add content.
Pickens County CERT is comprised entirely of volunteer personnel who devote their free time to training, education and practice of emergency response techniques and also devote time to help staff community events.
How Do I Join?
For more information on attending meetings and/or the possibility of joining Pickens CERT, please contact the Pickens County CERT Manager, Doc Hines, at (864) 360-7601, or if you are short on time click on the “Contact Us” link on the menu and send us a message. Or, you may simply click here. To meet our team, click here.
What is CERT?
Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, during a disaster, the number and scope of incidents can overwhelm conventional emergency services. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is an all-risk, all-hazard training. This valuable course is designed to help you protect yourself, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood in an emergency situation.
CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens may initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. While people will respond to others in need without the training, one goal of the CERT program is to help them do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger. In the CERT training, citizens learn to:
• manage utilities and put out small fires,
• treat the three medical killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock,
• provide basic medical aid,
• search for and rescue victims safely,
• organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective,
• and collect disaster intelligence to support first responder efforts.
WHY DO THE CERT TRAINING?
Well, it’s like paying for car insurance. You might never need either; you’d hope not to. But if the occasion arises, having the CERT training, just like having car insurance, means you’re as ready as you can be to help yourself, your family and your neighborhood.