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Spring CERT Class

Post Date:02/23/2017 9:55 AM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

February 22, 2017

Contact: Megan Stephenson, Emergency Preparedness Program Manager
925-943-5899 ext. 2911

CERT training offered this spring in Walnut Creek

Become a volunteer Disaster Service Worker for the City of Walnut Creek by taking the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.  

Walnut Creek CERT Basic Training classes will be held at City Hall starting on Wednesday, April 5th from 6:30-9:30 pm. Classes run for seven consecutive Wednesdays, plus a Saturday morning drill on May 20th at Heather Farm Park.

The purpose of CERT is to teach people how to safely respond to the needs of the community in the event of a major disaster. CERT graduates are sworn in as Volunteer Disaster Service Workers for the City of Walnut Creek upon completion of their training.

If disaster strikes, CERT team members check on their own families and home first, and then assemble at a pre-designated site to work together to respond to the needs of the neighborhood and gather information for the City’s Emergency Operations Center.

CERT classes are a combination of lecture and hands-on training, and include light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, and CERT team organization. Skills students learn include use of hand-held radios, when and how to shut off gas and how to properly operate a fire extinguisher.

There is a $25 program fee, payable the first day of class. Register online at www.walnut-creek.org/CERT or email cert@walnut-creek.org with your contact info. Space is limited, and classes fill up quickly.

 

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