Monday, April 20, 2009

Taking a CERT Class Is A Great Way To Lead Your Community

Southern California is exposed to a wide variety of hazards, both natural and man-made. Earthquakes, fires, severe storms, power outages, and acts of terrorism are just some of the potential emergencies we may encounter.
Imagine that you have no electricity, no gas, no water and no telephone service. Imagine that all the businesses are closed and you are without any kind of emergency services. What will you do until help arrives?

The first step to getting your home prepared is talking. Talking to your family, friends and neighbors about what the plan is for "___________" (fill in the blank...earthquake, fire, gas leak, black out, act of terrorism, etc)

The next step is to take action. Make survival/"GO" bags, establish a meeting place, review the location and how to check/shut off utilities, check water and food supplies, copy, scan and preserve important documents (drivers licence, passport, insurance policy, medical records, bank accounts, etc.)

Make disaster preparedness a part of your families wellness program. A great way to inspire your community is to lead by starting a CERT training class in your neighborhood. In the city of Los Angeles, this training is free. In a time when budget cuts and staff reductions cause many programs to end, CERT is still available.

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