Teens can learn to be safety resources through clubs sponsored by the Charleston Police Department.

The department sent out a reminder Monday inviting teens to join a Community Emergency Response Team. Lowcountry CERT Explorer Post 911 is for youth 14 to 20 years old. Lowcountry CERT Explorer Club 9112 is for sixth- through eighth-graders. They’re the first of their kind in the country, according to police spokesman Charles Francis.

The programs train young people to help themselves, their families and their schools in the event of a disaster. Training includes lessons on disaster preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations, CERT organization, disaster psychology and terrorism. For example, trained youth can help victims until professional responders arrive.

For more information, contact Senior Police Officer Sosa at 813-3922 or sosah@charleston-sc.gov. The program also has a Facebook page at Teen CERT Explorer Post 911.