September is National Preparedness Month. As part of National Preparedness Month, the City of Seal Beach, the Seal Beach Police Department, and the West County CERT team will be hosting a free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class.
CERT educates people in disaster preparedness for events that may impact their area and provides basic disaster response skills. Using the training, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in projects in their community.
The 20-hour FEMA-approved course includes training in Disaster Preparedness, Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, Fire Suppression, Team Organization and Disaster Psychology.
Training will be held at the Joint Forces Training Base – Building 244, 11200 Lexington Dr., Los Alamitos, CA 90720. The training schedule is two, weekend training sessions;
- Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday Oct. 4, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- Friday, Oct. 10, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
- Saturday Oct. 11, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
West County CERT is comprised of those who live and/or work in Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, Los Alamitos, Seal Beach and Westminster plus their attached communities.
For more information about National Preparedness Month and how to prepare for a disaster go to www.ready.gov.
The preceding article was released by the Seal Beach Police Department.
CERT volunteers are prepared to assist emergency responders during disasters. Courtesy photo.