CERT Class #10 just graduated (left) and there's a new one starting up soon. My mom got certified, so if she can do it, you definitely can! CERT= Community Emergency Response Team which is a national program that helps prepare you to help yourself, your neighbors and your community in the event of a disaster.
That's right sister, we've got to get ready for the big one. That wind storm last year was just a little taste of what it could be like if things went sideways here. You will learn how to do search/rescue, prepare your home/work with emergency supplies, understand fire behavior and apply basic medical and psychological techniques. There's a test at the end where there are similated scenarios, so be prepared to do some heavy lifting. Our own fire dept instructs the weekly classes for the low low price of- FREE! (for citizens who live, work or attend school in Kirkland).
The next session starts on April 9th and runs for 8 Wednesdays 6-9pm. There's an application here or you can also contact the coordinator, Robin Pastor, if you have questions: 425-587-3659 or firstname.lastname@example.org. There she is, photo left, with our Fire Chief Jeff Blake. You should encourage your neighbors to go too. When I checked how many CERT's there were in our neighborhood of over 800 homes, there are only 2. Good news is that I know where they live, bad news is there would be quite a line at their door. The net of the story is we need to get more people CERT-ified. So go ahead and take advantage of this program so you can help save the day when it comes. ~j