Give a gift of life-saving proportions by signing up for the City’s Community Emergency Response Training (CERT). This seven-week program will teach residents basic survival skills that can be crucial during disasters such as earthquakes, fires, floods, hazardous incidents, and other life-threatening situations. Classes will take place on Thursday nights from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.beginning January 16, 2014 through February 27, 2014 at the City of Santa Clarita Activities Center.
“The holiday season reminds us how important our loved ones are, and the CERT program is a fantastic way to keep them safe and protected,” said Mayor Laurene Weste. “By preparing for emergencies that can happen any time throughout the year, participants who complete the program will be able to walk away with skills that could be the difference between life and death in a natural disaster.”
The CERT program is an interactive training series integrating lectures, videos, skills assessments and demonstrations designed to empower residents with important skills needed to act quickly during emergencies. The program focuses on comprehensive emergency preparedness education and emphasizes the importance of preplanning and contingency planning to ensure the safety of family, friends and co-workers during times of crises.
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 course culminates with a disaster simulation on the final evening.
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.
Registration for the CERT is now open for $30.00 per person which includes all course materials and equipment. Residents can register online until spaces are filled at santa-clarita.com/seasons .