CERT of Skagit County

"Emergency Planning works, Not Planning does not work quite as well"

Don't forget the Radio Class on May 26, if you want to know your radio better and how to talk and use it, this is the class for you. Basic radio don't be afraid of your radio come become friends with it. You may need to use it one day.

If you missed it. The ACES class was this weekend. it was so good I stayed for the class, Scott and Erik came up and they do a great class, with Ted Buehner doing the weather section. Thank you for doing the class and thank you everybody who attended the class.

You missed two great classes CERT Program manager and CERT Train the Trainer

Thank you to all the people who took the time to take the class

Great class 3/17/2018 "Traffic Management Class"

The Program Manager class this week and The Train the Trainer class is this weekend almost a full class.

Community Emergency Response Team

"If an earthquake or other disaster struck your neighborhood would you survive? Would you be able and willing to help rescue and provide basic first aid until emergency personnel became available?

If so please join the Skagit Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) open to any and all who would like to help.

The CERT program will educate you on personal disaster preparedness and for hazards that could impact your neighborhood. It provides training in basic disaster response skills such as medical triage and initial care, light search and rescue, fire risk and suppression, disaster psychology, terror response and team organization to understand local EMS procedures.

CERT graduates can expect the classroom training and exercises to help prepare them to provide immediate responses in a disaster for themselves and family as well as neighbors when professional responders are not available.

If willing, CERT graduates will be encouraged to continue to develop their skills at their own pace, help grow the CERT mission, participate in Skagit County DEM preparedness efforts and help in non-disaster events as able.

The Skagit County CERT mission is to strategically train and equip as many "initial" responders as funding and volunteer manpower allow before our next major disaster."

As of February 17, our most recent CERT classes come to an end. They were held at the Burlington Fire Station and Shelter Bay Club House in La Conner. The classes were both humorous and serious. It felt like being a kid again when we put out fires using fire extinguishers and the fire hose at the station. Other classes covered the organization of CERT, disaster psychology, triage, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, and terrorism. Everything was implemented to help us feel comfortable in decision making roles. The instructors were knowledgeable, patient and friendly. We had a great turnout of people learning to take care of themselves, their families and their communities. The next Basic CERT classes will be held in Sedro-Woolley and Anacortes. For more information, please check the Upcoming Classes pages at the top of your screen.