Neighborhoods, homes and workplaces can become disaster ready by taking CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) classes . The free course begins on Friday, May 7 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, May 8, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and concludes on Saturday, May 15, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The class takes place at the Raymond Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 707 Jackson Avenue in Raymond.
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: wadejak@co,thurston.wa.us) or contact Jason and Angel, 360-942-5483, [email protected] for complete details and to register for the class.