Walnut Creek: Sign Up Now for Emergency Preparedness Team Training

February 26, 2014 18:00 pm · 5 comments

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Registration is under way for Walnut Creek’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basic training, to be held April 9 through May 31.

CERT teaches everyday people how to safely and effectively respond to the needs of the community in the critical hours following a disaster. CERT graduates are sworn in as volunteer Disaster Service Workers for the City of Walnut Creek.

In the event of an earthquake or other disaster, CERTs gather at pre-designated staging areas and organize teams to search the neighborhoods.

These trained volunteers are the “eyes and ears” for first responders, gathering critical information for the City’s Emergency Operations Center and helping those in need.

Training topics include disaster preparedness, how to shut off utilities and use a fire extinguisher, light search and rescue techniques, disaster First Aid, radio communications, care of displaced pets, and how to manage a CERT team using the Incident Command System.

Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings, 6:30-9:30 p.m., April 9 through May 21, with a final class drill the morning of Saturday, May 31. There is a $25 class fee.

Registration information is available at www.walnut-creek.org/cert or by calling the CERT registration line, 256-3556.

{ 5 comments }

1 cf February 26, 2014 at 7:05 PM

Concord also offers CERT training that is free.

http://www.cityofconcord.org/pdf/police/cert_basic_calendar.pdf

2 anon February 26, 2014 at 8:28 PM

Will there be translators?

3 Sacto Rob February 27, 2014 at 8:23 AM

It’s probably a good idea to have a corps of trained volunteers. Because rest assured, if the real s**t ever hits the fan, too many of our “first responders,” especially the top brass, will be grabbing up all the emergency response vehicles, racing home to grab their families, then heading for the tall grass.

4 valiii February 27, 2014 at 1:19 PM

When the Big One hits, we will not be able to rely on calling 911 for help. This training will help you and your neighborhood have a coordinated response to the emergency. The more that are trained in your area, the better chance you will have. There is especially a need for volunteers who live in the larger condo and apartment complexes. You do not need to be a “strong” person to take this training, since everyone can help in some way.

5 ConcordMike February 27, 2014 at 6:50 PM

Heck, we’re not even prepared for our own house and property at the moment. Been very busy with family health and pet health issues.
Someday we will be ready if the big one ever hits.

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