Twenty-nine Bellevue residents will be officially ready to assist in emergency situations after they graduate from the city's Community Emergency Response Team training course Tuesday.
Taught by the city's Office of Emergency Management, CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.
The training is a 24-hour, eight-week long course that empowers participants to better prepare themselves, their families and their neighborhoods for an emergency. The program -- developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) -- covers proactive neighborhood response efforts individuals can lead. The expectation is that residents will commit to forming CERT groups in their neighborhoods coordinated by the Office of Emergency Management.
The CERT graduation will be held at 6 p.m. tonight (March 14) at the Bellevue Public Safety Training Center, 1838 116th Ave. NE.
For more information about the course or how to become a preparedness leader for your community please contact OEMPublicEd@bellevuewa.gov.
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