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Be "CERT-ain" about preparedness


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Los Altos residents learn first aid during a CERT training session last year.

The Los Altos Block Action Team has scheduled a series of fall Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) trainings to prepare local residents for emergencies.

The sessions are slated 6:30-9:30 p.m. Sept. 18 and 25 and Oct. 2, 9 and 16 at Intero Real Estate Services, 496 First St., No. 200, Los Altos.

Graduation exercises are set for 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 25 at Los Altos Hills Town Hall, 26379 W. Fremont Road.

CERT is part of a nationwide program for disaster preparedness developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the California Service Corps. Los Altos Block Action Teams encourage local residents to prepare for emergencies and offer CERT training to minimize loss of life and property in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.

The course is designed to be an informative, interactive learning experience for adults of all ages. Teenagers are invited to participate if they register with a parent or troop leader.

Topics include:

• Disaster medicine

• Earthquake preparedness

• Damage assessment

• Search and rescue

• Disaster psychology

• Fire suppression

• Incident Command System

Attendance at all sessions is required for certification.

Cost is $95, which includes all five sessions, graduation exercises, a CERT vest, a hard hat and a backpack with emergency supplies. Cost is $25 for those taking the course as a refresher who already have the supply kit. The registration deadline is Sept. 8.

The Block Action Team is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.

To register and for more information, visit losaltosbat.org.

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