Neighborhoods, homes and workplaces can become disaster ready by taking CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes. The free course will be held Wednesday through Friday, May 5-7 at the Shoalwater Bay Gym Tribal Center, 2373 Tokeland Road in Tokeland. Classes takes place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day.
CERT training helps individuals, families and other groups create and organize response teams. The teams receive basic training in disaster response skills such as fire safety, emergency medical techniques, light search and rescue operations and decision making. The hands-on, interactive training is designed to help citizens help each other when first responders such as police and firefighters are not immediately available during a disaster.
Taught by experienced emergency managers and first responders, the CERT course requires a minimum of 15 people. Call Karan Wade-James at 360-786-5207 (email: [email protected],thurston.wa.us) or contact Tina Sturdevant, 360-267-8127, [email protected] for complete details and to register for the class.