Home of the North San Luis Obispo County C.E.R.T. Community
Emergency Response Team
training returns to Paso Robles, begining May 16th! On four consectutive Thursday evenings at 6
p.m., and a final Saturday, June 8th "Hands On" skills session, The Paso Robles Department of Emergency
Services will conduct the Community Emergency Response Team program for all residents of the North County. Enrollment
is $50 per student, which includes the large student manual, and CERT gear bag filled with emergency tools, and
protective equipment. Click on the blue link below to view, download, or print out the Paso Robles - 2013 CERT
The video below will give you a
brief overview of the CERT program.
Fire Dept. Paso Robles Office of Emergency
Services & D.H.S
interest in the North San Luis Obispo County area CERT program is truly appreciated. The training, sponsored
by the five North County Fire Agencies, is aimed at providing area residents the opportunity to learn more about Emergency Response, and Disaster Preparedness.
is taught following the 20 hour, Department of Homeland Security
approved guidelines. Taking the classes
will make a world of difference in how you get through the next major disaster event. All graduating students will receive a CERT gear bag with basic emergency equipment to aid themselves, family, neighbors, and others during a time of need. Being
prepared is what it is all about!
North County residents have the opportunity
be prepared through education, training, and volunteer service to make communities safer, stronger, and
better prepared to respond to the threats of terrorism, crime, public health issues, and disasters of all kinds.
CERT was selected as one of the primary programs offered by the D.H.S. to help the American public to meet this
CERT Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself, your family,
and your neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using the training to save lives and protect
property throughout the area. This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency
services are not available. With training and practice and by working as a team, you will be able to do the greatest
good for the greatest number after a disaster, while protecting yourself from becoming a victim. Community-based
preparedness planning allows us to prepare for and respond toanticipated disruptions and potential hazards following
we can prepare our homes and families to cope during that critical period. Through pre-event planning, neighborhoods
and employers can also work together to help reduce injuries, loss of lives, and property damage. Neighborhood preparedness will enhance the ability of all citizens to reduce emergency services needs, and to manage their
existing resources until professional assistance becomes available.
us here at NorthSLOCoCERT@gmail.com to get on the waiting list for future classes in Templeton, San Miguel, Atascadero
or Paso Robles. Sign up now as our last class in Atascadero was filled early!!!
Please note that due
to limited seating, North
County residents, followed by other SLO County residents are given first consideration
for class sign ups. Students between 16 to 18 years old are allowed
to register for the class with at least one parent's participation.No one under 16
please, without prior approval.
Please check out the photos
and videos below. They will give
you an idea of the benefits of CERT training,
and what can be done to
prepare yourself for
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CERT students receive vital information from Professionals.
CERT Graduates- Paso Robles 2011
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No boring lectures here!
Outside the classroom sessions give students a chance to participate.
Instructors help students practice their skills
Student volunteers portray the disaster victims
Below, the videos explains
your need for self reliance during, and immediately after a disaster. CERT is the answer!
If the video above does not play, click on the
underlined Watch on You Tube link!
To visit the new California Preparedness website
click here. See the next videos in this series there.
Are you Prepared for 72 hours of being on your own? Your
Emergency Kit should include the following basic items: Water- 2 gallons per person per day, and don't forget
your pet's needs-- First aid kits with enough supplies for major injuries-- Prescription medicines
for at least one week-- Enough food for all, including family pets for one week--Personal hygiene needs-- Spare clothing,
extra eye glasses, and some sturdy shoes-- Cash for small transactions-- Tarps for sun and rain protection-- A battery powered
radio for post emergency updates-- Fire wood or charcoal for heating water, cooking, and personal warmth-- One 5 gallon bucket,
plus hand tools for small repairs-- Flashlights or light sticks-- In the North County, with its temperature extremes, it makes
sense to store any perishable items in a sturdy ice chest. Store it near an outside wall so that it can be retrieved after
a partial building collapse. Make sure every family member is aware of the location. A key piece of survival equipment is
a reliable two way radio. When disaster strikes, cell phones and land line telephone systems will be overloaded, or destroyed
outright. A great source for affordable, professional quality radios used all over America is http://cordnerradios.com Your ability to stay in touch with relatives, friends, neighbors and volunteers will add peace of mind, and increase
your chances of making it through the disruption.
Thank You to all the North County Fire Agencies...
The CERT program would not exist without your support!
Program endorsed by the Fire Chiefs
Association of San Luis Obispo County, in association with the California Fire Chiefs Association.
Sponsored in part by PG&E
Thank You to EQ-Wine Covers Co. of Paso Robles
for underwriting all of the costs associated with the first CERT class held recently in Paso Robles.
A special Thank You to Heart Hero's CPR Instructors Steph and Bob Ponti. Their generous contributions for our CERT Program have made a huge difference! For AED's, CPR instruction, and First Aid Education these are
the people to contact for all your needs. Visit www.HeartHeroCPR.com for details. If you would like to help out the CERT program, please contact
us for details, and opportunities. We will feature your business here on our website, as well as in our print advertising.