Menlo Fire CERT Offers New Community Emergency Preparedness Trainings

through Contributed content February 6, 2022

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates volunteers on disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, search and light rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. CERT provides a consistent, national approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, allowing them to focus on more complex tasks.

FREE Red Cross

Wednesday February 9
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location to be determined
Register: menlofirecert.com

A 90-minute all-hazards preparedness course offered the second Wednesday of every month, designed to provide the community with basic response actions for the following disasters: earthquake, flood, wildfire, hazmat, etc. . Participants learn how to build a disaster kit, plan and stay connected during a disaster.

  • Learn how to make an emergency plan and an emergency pack
  • Learn how to react during and after a disaster
  • Receive a disaster kit, radio and family preparedness chart

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) – Basic Training

Saturdays February 26, March 12 and March 26
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily
Location to be determined
Register: menlofirecert.com

Three eight-hour courses offered on Saturdays in March and October provide training to local community residents in basic disaster and preparedness skills (fire suppression, medical care, incident command and light search/rescue); that can be applied in a real emergency situation. The intent of the program is to create a layer of self-resilience in neighborhoods by empowering CERT members to protect their community and assist local first responders.

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