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CERT Training: When the Big One Hits

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CERT Training: When the Big One Hits

Time: April 15, 2010 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Location: Bellingham Techical College?
City/Town: Bellingham
Phone: 360-752-8447
Event Type: training
Organized By: Monica Valandani
Latest Activity: Apr 13, 2010

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Recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile have emphasized the need for community and individual preparedness. The Whatcom Unified Emergency Management, the Whatcom County Citizen Corps Council, and the Bellingham Technical College (BTC) are collaborating to offer Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes to those interested in becoming better prepared if and when a major disaster occurs. The next session will begin on Thursday, April 15, from 6:30 to 9:30 PM, and will run for 9 weeks.

CERT training presents citizens with the facts about what to expect following a major disaster; provides actions people can take before, during, and after the event to survive and recover as effectively as possible; trains people in needed life saving skills with an emphasis on decision making, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number; and shows how to organize teams to be an extension of first responders offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. It is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be on their own for an extended period of time and when their actions can make a difference. The CERT course will benefit any citizen who takes it.

The cost for this class is $69 per student. This covers administrative costs, books, and a CERT responder’s safety kit. For registration information, contact Monica Valandani, BTC Program Office Coordinator, at 360-752-8447. For overall information on CERT, contact Bob Jacobson, Whatcom County CERT Coordinator, at (360) 778-7163.

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Comment by Heather K on April 13, 2010 at 9:58pm
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes begin this Thursday!
To register be sure to call Monica at 752-8447!
(David, maybe this could be a featured event)
Comment by Kate Clark on April 13, 2010 at 9:53pm
I think it would be great if somebody from each TI would take this at some point. I'd think about doing it if I wasn't still brain dead from last weekend.
Comment by Heather K on March 18, 2010 at 4:21pm
Judith, you are both so awsome in the implementation of your visions!
I sure would enjoy coming out to your place to be part of a garden-work party when you are ready for that step. Maybe sometime this growing season before November? Or connect with me for permaculture consulting.
Comment by Judith Culver on March 18, 2010 at 3:58pm
Heather, thanks for your comments. Our plan is to shelter in place and prepare to help our neighbors. We're west of Ferndale, not at risk from the bay or the Nooksack. We don't have any overhead lines but lots of trees. David tries to keep the risky trees cut down. We are working constantly to upgrade our skills and our preparations. I'm glad to have so many resources in Transition Whatcom and the county to help us.
Comment by Heather K on March 18, 2010 at 3:17pm
Hi Judith & David - We both have had over 5 years of being volunteer fire-fighters & first responders with weekly training nights, and we both have many of these emergency preparedness skills. Now we are both retired as FD volunteers. There are also Red Cross classes that do training for emergency response. With the changes coming, there looks to be two ways to be prepared...One is being prepared to depart for a safer area without being trapped in chaos or gridlock, the second is being prepared to receive people from disaster areas into their homes or community center. I sure would like to see more of the community Granges & rural fire departments, be more prepared to shelter people, soup-pots to prepare food, first aid supplies on hand, ham radio's, and be able to provide minimal electricity, heating, drinking-water-rainwater, waste recycling on site, in a local-noncentralized way.

Not everyone has the ability or resources to do that on their own homesites.
I'd be willing to work with other folks in the rural foothills area of Goshen/Laurel/Rome/Agate Bay/Nugents Corner/Everett towards creating this.
The wk commitment for the CERT class is a long time, but the class should be great for those who are ready.
I encourage people to have a plan for how & where to meet up with family members after an event when they are be aware of the changing landscape around them as they travel...being aware where the closest natural water source is, where higher ground is, where the ocean is, where open space away from falling trees & lines are, and seeing that whoever is with us in each moment is our community - from grocery store line to homekitchen.
If the CERT allows videoing that could be posted on our TW site that would be great! Keep us informed to the insites you learn through the class!
Comment by Judith Culver on March 18, 2010 at 2:42pm
David and I have already registered. We would look forward to meeting Transition Whatcom folks there. Let us know who you are. Judith

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