Have you ever been witness to an emergency and didn’t know what to do or how to react? Have you stood helplessly and watched as a friend or loved one suffered until professional responders arrived to restore order to a hectic situation?
When you dial 911, help is only minutes away, but in some situations, seconds could mean the difference between life and death. I’m sure you are asking yourself, “What can I do to help?” The key to any survival situation is preparation and knowledge!
There are many low and no cost resources right here in Hendry County that can help you, help yourself.
In the past year, the combined emergency services in Hendry County have hosted numerous classes and most were free.
Topics such as CPR, Basic Firefighting, Biohazard Investigations, Shelter Management, Management of Faith Based Organizations in Disasters, Incident Command, Logistics, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training and Amateur Radio licensing.
After training, put that new knowledge to good use by volunteering. The Emergency Management Reserve Corps is always looking for volunteers of all ages.
If it’s an adrenaline rush you’re looking for, every fire department in Hendry County is all volunteer and they are always looking for help.
It is everyone’s responsibility to be prepared by being ready and able to respond to a disaster, large or small. The more prepared you are before a disaster, the less affect it will have on you.
– – Brian Newhouse, Director of Emergency Management