Editorial — Disaster preparedness is everyone’s job

September 16, 2014

What would you do if an earthquake affected your home? Mudslide? Flood? Fire? What about a minor emergency, like the occasional winter storm or power outage?

September is National Preparedness Month. But what does that mean to you?

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Emergency response classes start soon

March 4, 2014

When a disaster occurs, professional emergency services personnel will not be able to help everybody immediately.

That means ordinary citizens make a difference. Join more than 300 people in the community who have already completed training for a Community Emergency Response Team.

CERT training is designed to prepare citizens in the event of a disaster. Registration is now open for the spring session.

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CERT classes registration opens

September 16, 2013

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 16, 2013

Join hundreds of community members, and learn how to best help yourself, your family and your neighbors during a disaster.

Emergency responders will not be able to help everyone immediately, so citizens like you can make a difference by using your Community Emergency Response Team training to protect and save lives.

CERT courses include:

  • Disaster first aid training
  • Disaster preparedness
  • Basic firefighting
  • Light search and rescue
  • Damage assessment
  • How to turn off utilities
  • The psychology behind a disaster

The program includes a nine-week course with classes from 6:30-9:30 p.m. every Thursday starting Sept. 26. There will be no class Oct. 31.

Registration costs $35. Learn more and register here.