OROVILLE, Calif – Butte County has a dozen new volunteers ready to step into action to help during emergencies, including any necessary coronavirus response activities.
The Butte County Citizens’ Emergency Response Team, known as C.E.R.T., is getting ready should they be called into action. This is the first C.E.R.T. team for the county.
Action News Now Morning Anchor Julia Yarbough recently showed you a weekend, hands-on training event for C.E.R.T. team members, in which they learned the basics of responding to emergencies, including fire, natural disaster, first-responder support and how to mitigate an active scene until more help arrives.
Butte County Sheriff Kory Honea led a swearing-in ceremony for the C.E.R.T. members, to make the volunteers ‘official.’
They are now ready to be called on to assist in whatever ways may be necessary as the community prepares to face the coronavirus pandemic.
The Sheriff says the volunteers will play a vital role in helping to keep people safe.
“What this demonstrates is that we’re all in this together,” explains Sheriff Honea. “First responders have to have the support of the community and the community has to have support of first responders. This group is an excellent example of that.”
The newly sworn-in volunteers may be called on for a variety of tasks, including helping to deliver food or supplies to those staying indoors, helping first responders on scenes or even wiping-down work areas with disinfectant for safety.
Sheriff Honea says volunteers are always needed from the community and encourages anyone who may want to assist, to consider joining the C.E.R.T. team.