Registration for fall CERT training in West Seattle is now open!

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management announced today that registration for their Fall 2014 CERT training class is now open. Applications are due on or before Friday, October 3rd.

You’ll find the full announcement with the class schedule, CERT application form and registration details below.

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The Seattle Office of Emergency Management is taking applications for the Fall CERT Training Course.

About CERT

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. All classes will be held at South Seattle College.  The schedule for the upcoming CERT class is as follows:

The schedule for the upcoming CERT class is as follows:

Saturday,            October 25, 2014                 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday             November 1, 2014               8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Saturday             November 8, 2014              8:30 AM – 4:30 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, October 3rd, 2014. Those selected for the class will be notified no later than Friday, October 10th, 2014. We will establish a waiting list that will be used ONLY for this 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 (in Microsoft Word .doc format) please email SNAP@seattle.gov.

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To find information about CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training being offered in other communities; visit the page linked below and type your zip code into the search tool: http://www.citizencorps.fema.gov/cc/searchCert.do?submitByZip. Nearby communities such as Tukwila, SeaTac, and Burien also offer this training.

Added 9/26/14: For additional training opportunities, visit the West Seattle Be Prepared Training & Education page. You can find the Seattle Office of Emergency Management event calendar here.

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