Southern West Virginia is no stranger to natural disasters, but Beckley first responders will have some extra help from community members, all thanks to a FEMA-based program.
On October 25, 2018, ten people completed the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), an eight-week course instructed by the Beckley Fire Department that prepares individuals in case of a disaster to take care of themselves, branch out and assist their communities.
Beckley Fire Lieutenant Chris Graham believes it is an initiative that could smooth out any road to recovery.
“People can be better prepared themselves,” Graham said. “The better prepared the general public is in case of a disaster, it mitigates itself. They can take care of small things on their own.”
The Beckley Fire Department only runs one CERT course every fall, but will add more sessions if more people are interested.
You can contact any Beckley Fire station if you would like to sign up for the CERT program, which is absolutely free.