Ready or Not #167: CERT Training

Every day we see more pain and suffering on the television.  What has happened in Haiti in horrific and it isn’t going away anytime soon; the suffering and deprivation is going to be a daily part of life of those living in Haiti and the surrounding areas for a very long time.  And California, what is with all of the houses falling down the side of the mountains?  What about the flooding in the east, the frigid cold weather across the Midwest and Florida?  Florida?  Brrr.

Does it seem like a good idea to get prepared for a natural disaster?  Of course it does and you now have the perfect opportunity and plenty of time to get ready to plan ahead.  A CERT training class is going to be taught in Salem, Utah, on Saturday, March 20, 2010.

It is an accelerated class that will start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 9:00 p.m. that night.  Yes, it is a very long day and they suggest that you bring your lunch because you will only have a half an hour, but it is worth it.  The following Saturday will be the practice drill and it will only last from 8:00 until 12:00 noon.

If you already have your CERT certification this would be a good time to attend as a refresher course at no cost.  If you are attending for the first time the cost is only $45.00 and that is for all of your official CERT supplies including your hard hat, green vest, gloves, book and instruction material and official badge.  Remember, this is a Homeland Security program, very serious and important stuff.  If you are a scout master, bring your scouts out to get CERT certified.  They can earn several merit badges and become responsible members of their community at the same time!

As I watch all of the pictures of destruction in Haiti, all that I can think about, besides the obvious pain and suffering, is about how many people have been injured while trying to rescue other people?  The thought of that just breaks my heart.  All that these people wanted to do was to help others that were suffering and needed help, but they didn’t have the skills and knowledge necessary to work safely, and so they themselves became victims.

By becoming CERT trained you will gain the valuable knowledge that will keep you from becoming a victim when you are in a dire situation, you will be able to help others safely.  To find out more about how to sign up, go to the Salem City web site at: www.salemcity.org and click on the CERT training icon.

Have you got your water stored?  That is another thing that the Haitians are having trouble getting, clean water to drink and for sanitation.  The other day I was talking to my friend Connie, who is my mentor, and she was musin that the words, “Emergency Preparedness” is an oxymoron.  She stated that if you are prepared, then it won’t seem so much like a dire emergency.  Get your water stored (2-gallons, per person, per day for a 2-week period), and get CERT trained.  Be prepared – and when something does happen it will be less of an emergency – and you will certainly be a lot safer.

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