Are You Ready for Any Disaster? Get Prepared!
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Are You Ready for Any Disaster? Get Prepared!
For Immediate Release: January 08, 2014
Contact: Foster City Fire Department, 650-286-3350, fire@fostercity.org

Do you know what to do if a disaster occurs? Do you know how you will you respond in case of an earthquake? Will you be able to protect yourself and members of your family? If you answered "No" to any of these questions, you are not alone, and the Foster City Fire Department can help you get prepared!

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014 the Foster City Fire Department will begin its CERT Training, a series of seven classes over the course of 25 hours. Classes are held on Wednesdays at the Foster City Fire Department, 1040 E. Hillsdale Blvd., from 6:30 to 9:00 PM and are taught by the Fire Department and other certified CERT Trainers. A Skills Development & Mock Earthquake Exercise will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

Become part of CERT, the Community Emergency Response Team, which trains civilians to respond in case of a disaster. Through hands-on training, learn the most up to date information in basic disaster preparedness, use of a fire extinguisher, disaster medical care, first aid, search and rescue techniques, radio communications and neighborhood team building.

Program participants learn lifesaving skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Following a major disaster, fire and medical first responders will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate lifesaving and life sustaining needs.

CERT training benefits any citizen who takes it. CERT members are better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster. They can provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources. Since 1993 when this training was made available nationally by FEMA, communities in 28 states and Puerto Rico have conducted CERT training.

Foster City adopted the CERT training program in 2006 and has since trained over 500 volunteers in the Foster City community. Enroll in the upcoming training class to see how you can become better prepared to help your family and community in case of a disaster. For more information about the CERT Program and to register for the upcoming class, please call the Fire Department at 650-286-3350 or send an email to fire@fostercity.org. Visit us on the web at www.fostercitycert.org.

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