CERT taking sign-ups

DOWNEY - The Downey Fire Department will conduct Community Emergency Response Team training in October for residents interested in helping out in the event of a catastrophic disaster.Residents who complete CERT training will be relied upon to help their neighborhood after earthquakes, floods and other major emergencies. CERT members help assess damage after a disaster, extinguish small fires and teach fire safety, perform light search and rescue operations, perform triage, provide medical services to the injured; and organize procurement of supplies. There is a "very good chance" that neighborhoods will initially be on their own following a catastrophic disaster, fire officials said. Anyone 18 years or older can receive CERT training. There is no cost. Training is from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19 and Oct. 30. To register, go online to downeyca.org/gov/emergency

********** Published: Sept. 19, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 23