Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Begins Sept. 16th

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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training begins Sept. 16th and continues every Thursday evening from 6pm – 9pm at SeaTac City Hall, which is located at 4800 South 188th Street.

CERT was created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in 1994. The goal is for emergency personnel to train neighborhood residents, community organization members and employees in basic emergency response skills. CERT members are then integrated into emergency response efforts for their area. Some sessions require physical participation while others are primarily lectures. Instructors emphasize that participants must be physically fit enough to engage in strenuous activities, such as lifting and carrying.

There is a $35 fee for the course and select supplies, and a thorough background check is conducted on applicants.

Various session highlights include:

  • Sept. 16: Disaster Preparedness, with Instructor Mike Marrs, Chief of the Burien/Normandy Park Fire Dept.
  • Oct. 7: Disaster Psychology & ICS, taught be Sgt. Henry McLauchlan of Burien Police, and Kathleen Gleaves of the Port of Seattle.
  • Oct. 28: Terrorism & Review with Doug Reynolds of SeaTac Police.
  • Oct. 30: Final Mass Casualty Exercise, which is the big finale with fake “victims” being treated in a mock disaster. Cool.

For more information, contact Community Service Officer Mechee Burnett at (206) 973-4917 or [email protected].

Here’s the full class lineup:

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One Response to “Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Begins Sept. 16th”
  1. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs are critical for their communities. Having a well-trained, well-thought out CERT with a flexible communication tree can make the difference in how a community survives and rebuilds catastrophic events.

    Having been part of a security task force and a business liaison for an emergency program, I can attest to the value a program like this brings to a community. Sign up and participate if you can.

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