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Cert In Neighborhoods
Carol Kerridge | El Amigo Road


CERT Training exercise. Photo courtesy Carol Kerridge

Just in case you haven’t heard, the cities of Del Mar, Solana Beach, Encinitas, and Ranch Santa Fe Fire Depts. are offering a free program to train residents in basic skills that may be necessary in our own communities in the event of a major disaster if emergency services personnel are not immediately available or are overwhelmed.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program acting in their own home first, then their neighborhood can fan out within the assigned area of need, extinguishing small fires, turning off natural gas inlets to damaged homes, performing light search and rescue, and rendering basic first aid. Optional further training may qualify CERT volunteers to hold an important role as a potential workforce team member to service organizations in non-hazardous functions such as evacuation shelter support, crowd control, emergency communications through HAM radios and Twitter, distribution of medical antidotes should there be a bio-terrorism event, or become a CERT specialist who may be called to help in other areas of the State.

Twenty-five Del Mar residents have completed the 25 hours of basic training and have found it to be most worthwhile (and fun!)…but wouldn’t it be great to have a CERT trained person in each of our neighborhoods? Is there one in yours?
The next training session begins Tuesday, April 24th at 6 PM.
For more information and to sign-up, please contact:
Arnie Lewin (w7bia@cox.net)


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