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HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR FAMILY IN A DISASTER?

  • Written by Valley View Staff

CERT class starts March 25

In the wake of a disaster, professional emergency responders may not be immediately available.

The Carnation-Duvall Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) seeks to fill the gap with a citizens’ training program designed to lessen the impact on family and neighbors until assistance arrives.

Community Emergency Response Teams are neighbors helping neighbors.  The Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps once again will offer its spring CERT class in an effort to increase this community’s CERT volunteer base – better preparing ourselves, our families and our neighbors for the inevitable – the next flood, ice storm, wind storm, power outage or other form of community disaster.

The CERT skills taught by Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps include how to organize for a disaster, how to assess a damaged structure before going in, how to put out a small fire before it gets big, how to perform a light search and rescue, how to triage and remove any victims found, how to lend life-saving first aid to life-threatening injuries, and how to cope with the stress of a disaster—and how to do it all safely.  Beyond that, every student learns valuable tips for family, school and work preparedness and great suggestions for getting prepared.

Throughout the class, students also share experiences, ideas and multiple Q&A opportunities with past CERT grads and Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps Council leaders – other contributors to the local emergency preparedness arena.

The next CERT training session will start Monday, March 25th at the Duvall Fire Station and continue for the seven subsequent Monday evenings.

This CERT class will run from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and culminate on May 13th with the group’s “graduation exercise.”  This final exercise is an opportunity for each student, working with past CERT grads and Citizen Corps leaders, to put all their new skills and knowledge to test in a mock disaster drill.  It always proves to be an exciting end to every CERT class.

A donation of $35 is asked for the 20 hours of training.  Registration information can be obtained at www.carnationduvallcitizencorps.org.

Training is open to residents and local employees 18 years of age and up; those 16-17 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

“We’ve trained over 400 CERT graduates as of this past fall,” said Helen Duffy, Carnation Duvall CERT coordinator. “We hope to have another 50 or more trained by the year’s end and encourage our neighbors to become a CERT.”

Go to the Carnation-Duvall Citizen Corps website for a registration form or call Helen Duffy at (425) 457-6322.

Those interested may also e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information on becoming a CERT volunteer.

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