John Clements, left, works with Cohutta Team Leader Joe Licata with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) on Jan. 28 in organizing schedules and response times of members in the first of four drills taking place in 2017 to gage current and future success.
Once the equipment trailers arrived from the Aska and Cohutta teams on Saturday, Jan. 28, at Morganton Point swimming area, volunteers quickly dispersed and set up Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) stations that could offer guidance and relief during disaster and emergency situations as they occur within the county. The drill was one of four to help them better prepare for future real life situations.
One of the first steps in preparing a drill location for the Community Emergency Response Teams effectiveness and organization skills required, from left, Debra Nedham, Cohutta Team Leader Joe Licata, Randy Thompson and other volunteers to set up a tent that covers the tables and heating unit as well as other needed supplies serviced by the volunteers in helping county fire and emergency personnel in needed situations.
Dozens of trained Fannin County Community Emergency Response Team members from the Cohutta and Aska sub groups used two trailers to set up tents, temporary bathrooms and heating stations, and organized charts in their drill on Saturday, Jan. 28 to make sure everyone was utilized in the most effective way for emergency and disaster preparedness situations.


Emergencies can hit when least expected, requiring members of a community to pull together and assist fire and rescue efforts ...

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