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Wal-Mart supports community program

By Valerie Baldowski

vbaldowski@henryherald.com

Wal-Mart is giving back to the community, by donating money to various county programs. One of which teaches residents how to deal with an emergency.

The money the megastore provided to the Henry County Citizens Emergency Response Team (CERT) will allow residents to take the course, which normally costs several hundred dollars, for free.

"It provides a financial boost to the program, which gives us the opportunity to present it free of cost to citizens," said Don Ash, director of the Henry County Emergency Management Agency. "We are so fortunate to have partners like Wal-Mart in our community, who believe in what we do."

"It costs us about $350 per person to go through the CERT program," he said, adding that completing the entire program requires taking seven classes.

Wal-Mart helped CERT by putting a number of its employees through the first four classes of the program.

The program teaches residents how to prepare for disasters, how to take care of themselves and their families, and how to branch out and help others in the community when emergencies hit. Ash said some of those emergencies can include fire, tornadoes and other weather-related crises.

Some of CERT's specific training covers fire suppression, basic first-aid and triage. The next class is Dec. 2-4, from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m.

The program is open to the public, and anyone interested in the class can contact Christy McCart at (770) 288-7877.