Northwest NEWS

December 27, 1999


CERT training

   Kenmore residents can learn how to survive after a major disaster by participating in Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The eight-week course includes classes on basic disaster preparedness, minor fire supporession, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, and other skills that are vital in the first hour after disaster strikes.

   "This training will allow our residents to help themselves and their neighbors until professional responders can arrive," said City Manager Steve Anderson.

   CERT classes begin January 13 for eight consecutive Thursdays. Each session is taught at a different venue, such as Stevens Hospital for Disaster Medical Operations, Parts 1 and 2. All sessions begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 9:30 p.m. The final class session will include a CERT "disaster simulation," in which the students get a chance to practice their new skills under realistic conditions.

   "The classes are interesting and fun, but the disaster simulation is a real confidence builder," said CERT Program Manager Dan Good. "There's something exciting about watching average citizens rescue a simulated victim from under a collapsed wall or demonstrating their ability to save a life."

   The training is free, but students are asked to invest about $2.00 in their own safety equipment. Registration is required. Call Dan Good at 425-776-3722 for information.