Disasters happen, as anyone who witnessed the local 2011 windstorm, 2009 station fire and countless other events can attest.
And while law enforcement, fire officials, doctors and some others may be familiar with how to respond, they may not be able to meet the demand for help in the event of a large disaster.
Residents and neighbors may need to rely upon one another to help with immediate life-saving needs, especially in neighborhoods that may be isolated or cut off from main roads.
To help equip residents, the Los Angeles County Fire Department is teaching a free Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) course.
The three-part course takes place March 2, 9 and 16 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Loma Alta Park.
The course will cover:
Emergency medical operations – one victim
Emergency medical operations – triage
Light search and rescue operations
Fire extinguisher training
Course review and disaster exercise
To receive a certificate of completion, attendees must attend all three classes. Make sure to bring lunch, water and snacks.
Attendees must register and can do so here: http://AltadenaCERT.eventbright.com or call (661) 287-3690.
Are you interested in taking the CERT course? Do you feel prepared for an emergency?