In Los Angeles, many of our communities are ill-prepared for the destructive potential of the major earthquake that is now overdue. When it happens, police,
fire and medical services will be unavailable to local communities
for days following the earthquake and citizens will have to rely on
their own supplies, knowledge and organization.
To train and educate the public, the Los Angeles Fire Department created the all volunteer CERT program
in 1986 in order to complement the City's response to individual, community and city-wide emergencies such as earthquakes as well as fire, floods, mud slides and epidemics.
Volunteers receive an initial 17½ hours of instruction over a seven-week period
from dedicated LAFD personnel and become proficient in the basics of
emergency preparedness and response. Ongoing training and exercises
refresh and expand on the initial training. These programs are free.
For more information about the Los Angeles CERT program,
go to cert-la.com
to find and sign up for upcomingfree
CERT training classes near you.