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State-Funded Crisis Boxes Keeping Schools Safe in Greene County

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A state grant is making schools safer in Greene County.

The $12,500 grant from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management is going to Greene's "CERT" - which is a trained Community Emergency Response Team run by the sheriff's office.

CERT plans to use the money to install crisis boxes in Greene County schools and offer initial response training for teachers.

"Reports and statistics have said in the past that teachers, staff members at schools, colleges and so forth didn't have the equipment or the knowledge to act in trauma cases and to act as emergency responders when needed to," Steve Keene, the program manager for the Greene County Sheriff's Office, said.

If the school system accepts the crisis boxes, each school will have boxes placed throughout the building. There would be about 300 crisis boxes installed countywide.

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