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Douglas County neighborhoods get FREE training in emergency and disaster preparedness

As the fire burns in Boulder, the school year begins and 9/11 is only a few days away, many of us as parents think daily about the safety of our children while they are in and out of school. Should a terrorist, natural disaster, or school violence situation arise, the Douglas County community, in honor of National Preparedness Month, has come up with a way to train citizens of our neighborhoods in managing these emergency and disaster situations - the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood, workplace or other areas following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.

In addition to supporting emergency responders during a disaster, the CERT program builds strong working relationships between emergency responders and the people they serve. CERT teams also help the community year-round by helping with community emergency plans, neighborhood exercises, preparedness outreach, fire safety education, and workplace safety.

CERT courses are coming up soon! Details include:

WHEN: Sept. 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2; 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

WHERE: Lone Tree Civic Center, 8527 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree 80124

For more information, contact Gary Stephenson at 303-858-1973 or gary.stephenson@cityoflonetree.com.

More About the CERT Program

CERT is an integral part of Citizen Corps, the grass-roots movement that actively involves everyone in making our communities and our nation safer, stronger, and better prepared. All over America, communities have organized Citizen Corps Councils to inspire people to take action and get involved. To learn more about CERT and other Citizen Corps programs in your area, visit www.citizencorps.gov.

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