Recent and current wildland fires in our area, along with the potential for earthquakes, remind us that we live in a potentially dangerous area year round. To survive disasters and recover we must always be prepared to react and recover correctly.
The FEMA and Kern County Fire Department sponsored programs of Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) were established to help answer the need for immediate emergency help in disaster affected neighborhoods before professional first responders' help can arrive. Our local CERT program has been a recognized part of the Tehachapi Valley since 2002. The highly experienced CERT instructors give basic training to citizen volunteers to help them and their families first, and then come to help others after a disaster if professional first responder aid is delayed. The 20 hour training course over eight weeks covers personal and family disaster preparedness, fire safety, light search and rescue, and emergency medical triage, among other items. This is truly a "neighbors helping neighbors" program that you and your family and friends should take part in.
A new CERT training class is scheduled to start on Monday, Sept. 16 that 6:30 PM at the Bear Valley Springs Community Church. Don't delay! Call Jim Nelson at 821-5205 or Fiona Nelson (949) 702-3258 for additional information and sign up NOW! Current CERT members may attend any classes for their tri-annual re-certification requirement.