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Kathi Scott applies
moulage before a
disaster drill.

The next CERT basic training session begins in October. For
information about CERT, contact Deputy Commander
David Bussone at david.bussone@tvcert.org or
visit the CERT website at certofthevillages.org.

David
Bussone
CERT members at
The Villages Golf Festival.

"We have some retired nurses, some retired
paramedics," Bussone said. "But by and large,
(CERT members) are people who are interested in
their community and want to help."
In The Villages, CERT assists with local events,
usually operating out of a tent with their aid
equipment and two-way radios. CERT members
manning the tent offer first aid and water to
anyone in need. If a situation requires paramedics,
fire rescue or law enforcement, CERT works closely
with officials to offer assistance however possible.
CERT has pre-designated areas at each of the
town squares during events, meaning attendees
and officials always know where to find members.
In 2017, CERT worked closely with The
Villages and emergency response officials to
provide aid during Hurricane Irma. CERT
members kept in touch with shelters and sent
teams to check on homes around The Villages,
performing wellness checks on residents.
According to Bussone, the local fire department was so impressed with the help CERT
provided during Irma, the department said it
would look for other ways for CERT to help during
non-emergency events.
CERT consists entirely of volunteers, from the
newest member all the way up to Bussone. The
organization is always in search of new members
looking to join, and CERT members often learn
information they can use to not only help others,
but themselves as well.
"I joined because I don't have a medical or
firefighter background or anything, but you learn
a lot," said Liza Walters, CERT public information
officer and co-division supervisor. "Even basic
things about fire safety - I didn't know this, I
didn't know that. You just learn a lot."
Whether they are manning the first aid tent at
an event or helping in times of crisis, CERT is part
of the community - made up of friends, family
members and neighbors, all who are willing to
lend a hand to those in need.
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