We just received the following announcement via email that registration for CERT training is open and that applications are due on August 30th — this coming Friday.
The Seattle Office of Emergency Management is taking applications for the Fall CERT Training Course.
Following a major disaster, emergency services that people have come to rely on will be overwhelmed and unable to meet the increased demand. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training is a series of courses that are intended to prepare people to take action in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The training is a combination of skills based classes that will teach participants about Fire Suppression, Utility Control, Light Search and Rescue and Disaster First Aid, in addition to basic tenants of Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Response.
Because CERT training is designed so each class builds on the previous one, it is important that participants be available to attend all of the classes. The schedule for the Winter CERT class is as follows.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013 — 6-9 PM
Saturday, October 19, 2013 — 9 AM – 1 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 — 6-9 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2013 — 9 AM – 1 PM
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 — 6-9 PM
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 — 6-9 PM
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 — 6-9 PM
Due to high demand for the class, we have changed our registration process and are now taking applications. Our goal is to ensure CERT graduates are geographically distributed across the city. If you are interested attending CERT training please fill out the application attached below and return it to SNAP@seattle.gov or FAX it to 206-684-5998 by Friday, August 30, 2013. Those selected for the class will be notified no later than Friday, September 6, 2013. We will establish a waiting list that will be used ONLY for the fall class. To learn more about the CERT program you can visit their website at http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/about.shtm. If you have any difficulty viewing or completing this form please email SNAP@seattle.gov.