Citizens had the opportunity to take a Community Emergency Response Training course to learn live-saving techniques.
CARY, N.C. -
Officials in Cary are working to make sure citizens are by prepared for natural disasters by training them.
On Sunday, workers wrapped up their seasonal Community Emergency Response Training course.
"I think it's really important to know how to respond to an emergency situation because we are in an area that is hit by a lot of tornados and hurricanes and i certainly want to be able to help my family if situation were to occur," Cheron Gilchrist said.
But it's not just natural disasters those who attended were taught how to handle; they also learned how to help with things like a heart attack or a fire.
"We learned to check breathing, we learned to check for heart beats and pulses, we learned how to check from the head all the way down and what to search for," Gilchrist said.
Chief Ed Moore said more than 500 people are trained by local firefighter and emergency management workers during the three CERT courses offered each year.
"This is a class that is phenomenal for your life 24 [hours a day] seven [days a week], 365 days a year," he said. "We definitely gear it towards natural disasters for things like Hurricane Fran and the tornadoes but I've found that it's completely invaluable for your daily life. Preparedness is crucial and the time to prepare is not when the event hits."