Published: Apr 10, 2011 8:13 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 09, 2011 7:53 PM EDT

BONITA SPRINGS, Fla.-Severe weather season is just right around the corner and that's why the Lee County Community Emergency Response Team is making sure they're prepared for a natural disaster.

Today, more than 60 CERT members participated in a tornado disaster drill. Crews worked together to rescue injured victims from a condominium in Bonita Springs. It was all part of the annual disaster drill the county holds every year.

"This training today actually lets them get hands on training and show what they have learned working as a team," said Debbi Redfield, a spokeswoman for the Bonita Springs Fire Department.

CERT members undergo 16 hours of training in anything from CPR, search and rescue and first aid. Gordon McKenna joined CERT to learn how to help others during a natural disaster.

"There is a certain confidence that builds in you after you take a course like CERT and they train you how to respond to disasters," said McKenna.

After the drill was over, firefighters and participants discussed what was done well and what they can improve on for next time.

Anyone interested in joining CERT is asked to contact their local fire department.