Archived News Release from 2009
For Immediate Release
Sign Up Now for February Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
Redwood City, CA - January 30, 2009 – Redwood City's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is a great way for neighbors to join together and prepare for potential disaster such as earthquake, major fire, or flood. The next CERT training course starts on Thursday, February 19th, and continues on February 21st and 28th, so the time to sign up is now! To learn more, interested community members can go online (visit www.redwoodcity.org; click on “Emergency Preparedness” and then on CERT). Or, they can call 780-7400 for more information, to reserve a slot in the upcoming CERT training series, or to get on the list to be notified of future classes.
The 20-hour CERT program educates community members about how to best prepare their household, family, and neighborhood for a potential disaster, and how to respond during the aftermath of an emergency that impacts their street, block, or neighborhood. It provides community members with training in basic disaster response skills including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations, and more.
Redwood City’s CERT web pages contain a great deal of valuable emergency preparedness information for every resident, including a number of disaster planning checklists, links to other valuable safety informational websites, a sampling of the CERT coursework, and other key preparedness elements.
When a community member completes CERT training, they not only have some new skills and knowledge that will be very valuable during an emergency, they are also helping to prepare their entire neighborhood to withstand a disaster. They can help to make neighbors safe, help with multi-home emergency planning, and offer their knowledge of disaster preparedness to others. The more people that go through CERT, the better our entire community will face disaster, together.
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Captain Ernesto Gomez
Redwood City Fire Department