CERT-- which stands for Community Emergency Response Team-- is a program taught by local emergency services personnel to prepare citizens with basic safety and life saving skills.
"Following a major disaster, police, fire, and medical personnel may not be able to meet the demand," an announcement by the L.A. County Fire Department states. "People will have to rely on each other to meet immediate life saving and life sustaining needs."
According to the city of Artesia, the free course consists of three, seven hour sessions: Nov. 2, Nov. 9 and Nov. 16. Participants must attend all three to get their certificate.
The city says the following topics will be a part of the training:
- Disaster Preparedness
- Disaster Fire Suppression
- Disaster Medical Operations I
- Disaster Medical Operations II
- Light Search and Rescue Operations
- Disaster Psychology and Organization
- Course Review and Simulation
You can sign up by contacting Pradeep Elayath at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 865-6262.
Registration is also available online, through the L.A. County Fire Department's website, found here. As of Sept. 16, there were 19 slots still available in the course.