The Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, as it is commonly known, is an organization of volunteer emergency workers who have received specific training in basic disaster response skills with the intent of supplementing existing emergency responders in the event of a major disaster.
Following a major disaster, local fire, medical, police, public works, and other first responders may not be able to meet the demand for their services. Residents and visitors to our community may need to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life sustaining needs.
The Northshore Emergency Management Coalition CERT program educates participants about local hazards, basic disaster preparedness, and provides hands-on training that includes fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. After completing the CERT academy, volunteers have the opportunity to participate in additional drills and exercises to keep their skills sharp and continue to enhance their knowledge and abilities.
The next CERT academy begins on Monday, January 7, 2019 and runs for seven consecutive Mondays, from 6:30-9:30 p.m., at Northshore Fire Station 51, 7220 NE 181st Street, Kenmore. Registration opens approximately 4 weeks prior. Classes fill quickly, and registration is open to the first 30 who submit a completed registration form along with the $35 class fee.
For more information on the Northshore Emergency Management Coalition CERT program, or to be sure to be notified as soon as registration begins, contact the program manager, Carl Lunak, at 425-354-1744 or by email.
The registration form is available here.
For more details, take a look at the flyer.