The City of Santa Clarita is offering a seven-week Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program designed to teach residents basic survival skills in preparation for disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hazardous incidents, and other life-threatening situations. CERT classes will take place on Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. beginning January 12 and continuing through February 23, 2012.
The Community Emergency Response Training program is an interactive training series integrating lectures, videos, skills assessments and demonstrations into every lesson plan. CERT offers a comprehensive emergency preparedness education, emphasizing the importance of preplanning and contingency planning to ensure the safety of community members during times of crises.
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Participants will practice treating life-threatening conditions through a method used by first responders called Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment (S.T.A.R.T). By the end of the course, trainees will be able to identify the proper courses of action and organize available resources according to the appropriate disaster situation.
The CERT program is certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and requires no previous knowledge to participate. Participants must be 18 years or older. Classes are instructed by local fire fighters from the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
To register for the CERT program, visit Santa-Clarita.com. For additional information about the CERT program, contact Emergency Services Supervisor Donna Nuzzi at (661) 250-3721.