A tornado just hit.

You may be on your own for 72 hours. What do you do?

Join the Whitfield County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) on Oct. 19 and 20 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to find out one way to be better prepared for disasters by completing the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) course, the same way 312 other area residents have done during the past nine years.

Register today for free disaster preparedness and response training at http://forms.gle/CtK22Gz4vT7E6JZS9.

Email CERT@whitf ieldcountyga.com for more information, or call Whitfield EMA at (706) 259-3730.

Emergency responders do their best to respond as quickly as possible, but it is also the responsibility of individual citizens to learn how to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities, a spokesman said.

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is classroom and hands-on training in preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical and triage, search and rescue, and more.

Training is conducted by Whitfield County Emergency Management and other local public safety professionals and will be at Whitfield EMA, 804 Professional Blvd., Dalton. Participants must be at least 18 years old and must attend both days of training to complete the class.

Graduates of the course can choose to volunteer with CERT to assist local public safety personnel when a disaster occurs.

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