CERT training is March 18 to May 2

March 3, 2015

NEW — 6 a.m. March 3, 2015

City officials invite you to join the more than 300 people who have completed training for a Community Emergency Response Team.

The training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family and your neighbors in the event of a major disaster. Registration is now open for the spring session.

The classes are from 6:30-9:30 p.m. each Wednesday, March 18 through May 2, and include a hands-on disaster drill simulation the last day of class.

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A fair amount of health

February 10, 2015

By Greg Farrar Robin Sheaffer, a registered nurse and volunteer for Issaquah’s Community Emergency Response Team, FEMA’s Medical Reserve Corps and King County Public Health Reserve Corps, shows a Vial of Life canister, which contains a front door sticker, refrigerator door magnet and medical information form. Sheaffer was in charge of the Issaquah Citizen Corps booth Feb. 7 during the Health & Safety Fair at Pickering Barn. The free canisters were funded by a grant from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. The sticker and magnet alert first responders to check for the information form in the canister, stored in the refrigerator of any household resident who is in any vulnerable population group. The program enables emergency responders to quickly locate helpful information regarding a resident’s medical history and any advanced directives.

By Greg Farrar
Robin Sheaffer, a registered nurse and volunteer for Issaquah’s Community Emergency Response Team, FEMA’s Medical Reserve Corps and King County Public Health Reserve Corps, shows a Vial of Life canister, which contains a front door sticker, refrigerator door magnet and medical information form. Sheaffer was in charge of the Issaquah Citizen Corps booth Feb. 7 during the Health & Safety Fair at Pickering Barn. The free canisters were funded by a grant from the Puget Sound Energy Foundation. The sticker and magnet alert first responders to check for the information form in the canister, stored in the refrigerator of any household resident who is in any vulnerable population group. The program enables emergency responders to quickly locate helpful information regarding a resident’s medical history and any advanced directives.

Sign up now for Community Emergency Response Team class

September 10, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 10, 2014

September marks the 11th annual National Preparedness Month.

In honor of this year’s theme, “Be Disaster Aware; Take Action to Prepare,” the Issaquah Citizen Corps encourages the community to learn more about local hazards, and prepare with plans and supplies. Be prepared for that occasional winter storm, power outage and anything else unexpected.

In addition, the Issaquah Citizen Corps is taking signups now for its fall Community Emergency Response Team class.

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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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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.

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Editorial

January 29, 2013

Good reasons to attend health fair

Save the date! The annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair has a whole lot of reasons why you and your family should plan to attend, 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Pickering Barn.

Perhaps you’ve been meaning to get your family more prepared for emergencies. There is still time this year for a big winter storm to knock out power for days on end. Will you be ready?

The Issaquah Citizen Corps Council, Issaquah Medical Corps and the city of Issaquah will be at the fair with timely information to help you get started.

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Community Emergency Response Team training is available

January 29, 2013

Registration is open for Community Emergency Response Team training in Issaquah.

CERT training is designed to prepare residents to help family members and neighbors during a catastrophic disaster. The training is important because professional emergency services personnel cannot help everybody immediately, so citizens can use CERT training to protect and save lives.

CERT courses include disaster first aid training, disaster preparedness, basic firefighting, light search and rescue, and damage assessment skills.

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Issaquah Citizen Corps Council to teach chainsaw safety

January 29, 2013

Learn chainsaw safety basics as the Issaquah Citizen Corps Council hosts a class soon.

The training focuses on chainsaw handling, operation and maintenance. The free class is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 2 at the city Public Works Operations Building, 670 First Ave. N.E. The class size is limited, so interested residents should register at the Issaquah Citizen Corps Council website, www.issaquahcitizencorps.com.

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Issaquah health fair offers wellness screenings

January 15, 2013

The annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair returns to Pickering Barn from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 with plenty of free health screenings to make it fun and worthwhile for area families.

The fair will feature 50 or more health care professionals. Free health screening will include blood pressure, glucose, eye pressure, injury screening, posture and spinal analysis, oral cancer, sleep apnea and orthotic evaluations. There will be free gifts and information to take home.

The King County Police Union will host its MY ID Club, offering parents free fingerprints of their children, an important tool should children be abducted. The Issaquah Citizen Corps Council, the city of Issaquah and Eastside Fire & Rescue will offer safety and emergency preparedness information.

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Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair offers free screenings

January 14, 2013

NEW — 10 a.m. Jan. 14, 2013

The annual Issaquah/Sammamish Health & Safety Fair returns to Pickering Barn from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Feb. 9 with plenty of free health screenings to make it fun and worthwhile for area families.

The fair will feature 50 or more health care professionals. Free health screening will include blood pressure, glucose, eye pressure, injury screening, posture and spinal analysis, oral cancer, sleep apnea and orthotic evaluations. There will be free gifts and information to take home.

The King County Police Union will host its MY ID Club, offering parents free fingerprints of their children, an important tool should children be abducted. The Issaquah Citizen Corps Council, the city of Issaquah and Eastside Fire & Rescue will offer safety and emergency preparedness information.

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