This is a guest post submitted by Lafayette-resident Virginia Merrifield, a CERT volunteer.
What Would You Do In An Emergency?
Household accidents as well as natural disasters can happen at any time and often without warning. Your local Lamorinda CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Group is offering free emergency preparedness training in 2015 to help you react quickly and effectively should a fire, accident or other disaster happen.
- Would you know what to do if a wastebasket caught on fire at your home? Even if you do own a fire extinguisher would you know where it is located and how to use it?
- What would you do if a loved one got injured and was bleeding profusely – would you know what to do to help?
- What if there was a major fire headed for your neighborhood, are you prepared to take only the most critical documents and evacuate quickly? Do you know what documents are the most important, have an evacuation bag prepared and know the safest evacuation route? Does your family have an evacuation and reunion plan in place?
Lamorinda CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is an organization that teaches emergency preparedness, basic medical aid, fire safety and light search and rescue. The course is taught by first responders and experienced community volunteers, but is tailored for ordinary citizens so they can best help themselves and their communities when a disaster occurs. In the event of a major disaster, the fact is that first responder help might be delayed in coming, so everyone should be prepared to help themselves, their families and their neighbors if necessary. For emergency events large or small CERT training is an essential component to minimizing damage and saving lives.
2015 Lamorinda CERT Class Registration is Now Open
Classes are offered three times in 2015.
- Lafayette: Tuesday evenings, 1/13 – 2/24, 6:30pm-9:30pm (2/24 class starts 6pm)
- Moraga: Wednesday evenings, 4/8 – 5/20, 6:30pm – 9:30pm (5/20 class starts 6pm)
- Orinda: Thursday evenings, 9/10 – 10/22, 6:30pm-9:30pm (10/22 class starts 6pm)
The 2015 winter session will be held at the Lafayette Community Center, 500 St. Mary’s Road.
The CERT course of six classes followed by a drill allows participants to practice basic emergency preparedness and first aid skills. Should a major disaster occur, you will be ready to help in your neighborhoods until first responders arrive. Classes are open to residents and employees of the Lamorinda area, and are free of cost, however CERT asks for a commitment to attend all classes. Registration for any of the 3 sessions can easily be done online at www.lamorindacert.org/training/classes.
From learning how to put out a small fire to knowing how to properly immobilize a broken bone, CERT training is vital in an emergency. Register for the CERT course now – it may be the best gift you ever give your family!