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C.E.R.T.

C.E.R.T is a program that was developed and implemented by Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) in 1985. They recognized that citizens would very likely be in their own during early stages of a catastrophic disaster. The training program that the LAFD initiated proved to be so beneficial that FEMA felt that the concept and the program should be made available to communities nationwide. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) created C.E.R.T based upon the model-created by the LAFD in 1994.

Union County Emergency Management and Union County Fire Department is a combination department. UCFD consists of 16 paid employees and approximately 80 volunteers. In the event of a disaster, UCFD will be stretched thin throughout the county. With the assistance of members of C.E.R.T, the citizens will get help faster. For those injured C.E.R.T members can provide life-saving medical attention. They can also extinguish small fires and shut off utilities going to your home.

C.E.R.T members have recently been used in the search for Kristi Cornwell, and in previous searches around the lake.

In the event of a catastrophic disaster, you and the community may be on your own for a period of time because of the size of area affected, lost communications and impassable roads. C.E.R.T training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family and your neighbors. In the event of a disaster, Emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately; you can make a difference by using the training you learn in the C.E.R.T program. C.E.R.T training covers the basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice and by working as a team, you will be able to do the greatest good for the greatest number of victims after a disaster, while protecting yourself from being the victim.

C.E.R.T training will teach participants the basics in several areas in order to help themselves and then their neighbors. Those areas consist of Disaster preparedness, Fire Safety, Disaster Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, Command, Disaster Psychology and how Terrorism affects C.E.R.T.

C.E.R.T members maintain and refine their skills by participating in exercises and activities. They can attend supplemental training opportunities offered by the sponsoring agency and others that further their skill base. Finally, C.E.R.T members can volunteer for projects that improve community preparedness.

Union County Emergency Management Agency adopted C.E.R.T in 2006. Union County has now had two classes and is currently taking names of those interested in becoming a member of the Union County C.E.R.T. Training is broken into seven categories and classes typically run approximately three to four hours. Prior to taking the class, members are strongly encouraged to take the online course through the Emergency Management Institute www.citizencorps.gov/cert/is317. This will give members a better understanding of what C.E.R.T is and how C.E.R.T operates prior to taking the class.

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Consumer Product Safety Recalls

CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals – contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

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First Responder Guide

The Emergency Response Guide (ERG) is a guide for first responders during the initial phase of a dangerous goods or hazardous materials incident. Remember, never attempt to handle a product or chemical that you are not qualified to handle. “When in doubt, get out”. Search the ERG by product name or product ID number. Example: “Propane” or “1075”.

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Announcements
Notice of Public Hearing 1, Notice of Public Hearing 2, and Special Called Meeting

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 1

A Public Hearing will be held on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. in the Union County Courthouse, 65 Courthouse Street, Blairsville, Georgia

The purpose of this hearing will be for Union County to provide information and answer questions regarding transferring surplus property to the Union County Development Authority. This is the property on Young Harris Street in the City of Blairsville referred to as the Old Fort Sorghum Property. Please send your comments via regular mail or to the email address listed on our website at www.unioncountyga.gov.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING 2

The Union County Commissioner will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, December 23, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. in the Union County Courthouse. All citizens are invited to attend and provide the Commissioner with written and/or oral comments concerning the county's entire budget. The budget will be adopted at a Called Meeting on Friday, December 27, 2019 at 4:30 p.m

NOTICE OF CALLED MEETING

There will be a CALLED MEETING of the Union County Commission on Friday, December 27, 2019
at 4:30 p.m. located at 65 Courthouse Street, Blairsville, Georgia in Courtroom A. The purpose of this meeting will be to approve a Resolution to adopt the 2020 budget and to approve a Resolution to transfer the Old Fort Sorghum Property to the Union County Development Authority .