Courtesy of the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services:
The San Benito County Office of Emergency Services is excited to announce an upcoming free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training opportunity being held on three (3) consecutive Saturdays in April at the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office in Hollister.
CERT is a FEMA-certified course on basic disaster preparedness for self, family, neighborhood and community. The course educates residents in San Benito County about preparedness for hazards that may impact our community and provides training in basic emergency response skills, such as: disaster preparedness, fire safety, home utility control, light search and rescue, emergency medical operations, community response team organization, and disaster psychology.
Using skills learned in the classroom and during exercises, participants will be better prepared to safely and appropriately provide assistance to their family, neighborhood, community, and workplace following a disaster when professional responders may not be immediately available to help. Once the basic training course has been completed, CERT members are eligible to be deployed in the community to assist with large scale emergency and disaster incidents (e.g., a large earthquake with widespread damage).
This CERT training course will be held at the San Benito County Sheriff’s Office, located at 2301 Technology Parkway, Hollister, CA 95023. The schedule for the course is as follows:
- Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 8:30 am to 4:45 pm
- Saturday, April 14, 2018 – 8:30 am to 4:45 pm
- Saturday, April 21, 2018 – 8:30 am to 4:45 pm*
*Disaster simulation exercise is held on the last Saturday of the course. This day is likely to get out early!
There is no cost for CERT training and all materials will be provided. To RSVP for the course, or to address any questions you may have, please email [email protected] or call the San Benito County Office of Emergency Services at 831-636-4168.