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City of Fullerton
News Release: 16215
Date: September 15, 2015
Contact: Chi-Chung Keung, APR, Public Information Coordinator
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fullerton, CA – In conjunction with “The Great California ShakeOut,” the Community Emergency Response Team, a group of citizen volunteers organized by the Fullerton Fire Department, will conduct a class on Monday October 12, focusing on earthquake preparedness.
The public is invited to attend the class, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the City of Fullerton Maintenance Yard, 1580 W. Commonwealth Ave. Parking is available in the parking lot on the Basque Ave. side of the facility.
Topics covered in the class will include regional earthquake threats, methods to survive the shaking, and ways to prepare homes to minimize the danger of falling objects during a quake.
An informational brochure on earthquake preparedness will be given to all who attend the class. Refreshments will be served.
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains citizens to organize their families so they will be better prepared to respond to emergency situations.
Based on a model developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, trained CERT members will be able to provide assistance to disaster victims, as well as to assist emergency responders such as the Fire, Police and Maintenance Services departments when activated by the Fullerton Fire Department.
Volunteers from Fullerton CERT are trained in basic emergency management so they will be able to assist their neighbors in emergencies.
Under the program, volunteers undergo 24 hours of training in subjects such as disaster preparedness, basic first aid, fire safety, basic search and rescue methods, and proper use of a fire extinguisher.
Persons interested in joining a CERT class can contact the Fire Prevention Bureau of the Fullerton Fire Department at (714) 738-6500. The next Fullerton CERT Academy begins on Saturday October 10, 2015.