Issaquah Citizen Corps offers new short-form CERT class
January 7, 2014
The Issaquah Citizen Corps is kicking off the new year offering a Community Emergency Response Team class in a new short format. The training focuses on personal readiness and disaster preparedness skills.
Classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays starting Jan. 18, at the Issaquah Public Works building, 670 First Ave. N.E. Cost is $35 and covers course materials and a basic CERT backpack.
The four-week class culminates in a disaster simulation drill March 8.
Karen McManus, president of the Issaquah Citizen Corps, said the new courses are the result of popular demand.
“We listened to our community in planning this new short-format class that consolidates the course to four days,” McManus said in a press release. “Many people really want to participate but the traditional nine-week class may not fit their schedule. We are hopeful that this class option helps make preparedness training more accessible.”
CERT promotes awareness and trains individuals in preparedness and response to emergencies in their homes, neighborhoods and communities. The CERT program provides basic training in disaster readiness and rescue skills to save lives and protect residents and their property during the first three to seven days, the most critical period until responders may likely reach the isolated.
Training provides classroom lectures and discussions with hands-on experience and is taught by Federal Emergency Management Agency-certified CERT trainers and subject matter experts.
Course highlights include:
- How to prepare and respond in the event of an emergency or disaster.
- How to use a fire extinguisher and put out a fire.
- Master first-aid basics.
- How to triage injuries.
- Gain practical knowledge for light search and rescue.
- Practice skills in drill scenarios.
Learn more and register for the classes at www.issaquahcitizencorps.org.