Kent offers Community Emergency Response Team training

Now is the time to register in Kent for Community Emergency Response Team, also known as CERT, training, offered by the Kent Emergency Management office.

Following a major disaster, people rely on each other to save lives and protect property. Prepare yourself to make a difference in your community by participating in the fall CERT program.

Residents, local businesses, industry and school representatives are encouraged to attend.

The basic training in disaster survival and rescue skills is designed to improve the ability of the community to survive until responders or other assistance can arrive.

The eight-week program begins Sept. 22, 2011. Classes are on Thursdays, from 1-4:30 p.m. or from 6-9:30 p.m. The sessions provide instruction on disaster preparedness, disaster first aid, triage (rapid medical assessment of injuries), fire safety, search and rescue, disaster psychology and team organization.

For more information or to register for the CERT program, call Kent Emergency Management at 253-856-4440. Registration is limited.

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