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Archived News Release from 2006

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Redwood City Fire Department Offers Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Program, Launches CERT Web Page

Redwood City, CA - August 29 , 2006 - The Redwood City Fire Department is reminding the community that emergency preparedness is everyone's responsibility - and that the City's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is a great way for neighbors to join together and prepare for potential disaster such as earthquake, major fire, or flood.

There’s a set of CERT training courses scheduled for late September, so the time is now to sign up! To learn more, interested community members are encouraged to visit Redwood City's CERT web pages. Or, call 780-7400 for more information, to reserve a slot in the upcoming CERT course, or to get on the list to be notified of the next series of classes.

The 20-hour CERT program educates community members about how to best prepare their household, family, and neighborhood for a potential disaster, and how to respond during the aftermath of an emergency that impacts their street, block, or neighborhood. It provides community members with training in basic disaster response skills including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster medical operations, and more.

Redwood City’s CERT web pages contain a great deal of valuable emergency preparedness information for every resident, including a number of disaster planning checklists, links to other valuable safety informational websites, a sampling of the CERT coursework, and other key preparedness elements.

When someone completes CERT, they not only have some new skills and knowledge that will be very valuable during an emergency, they are also helping to prepare their neighborhood to withstand a disaster. They can help to make neighbors safe, help with multi-home emergency planning, and offer their knowledge of disaster preparedness to others. The more people that go through CERT, the better our entire community will face disaster, together.

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Captain Ernesto Gomez
Redwood City Fire Department


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