Following a major disaster, emergency first responders may not be able to meet the demand for emergency services. The number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will hinder access to the emergency services that community members have come to expect when they use the 911 system. During the first few days of a disaster, people may have to depend on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
Through the City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, Pico Rivera community members can be prepared to help themselves, their families, their coworkers, and neighbors in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Taught by Los Angeles County Firefighters, program participants will experience hands-on training in the areas of disaster preparedness, basic fire suppression techniques, triage, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue operations, and team organization and management.
Those interested in becoming CERT members will participate in a free 3-day training course scheduled on Saturday, June 16, 23, and 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Pico Park. Participants must be at least 18 years old, attend all three sessions, and wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes (no open-toe shoes).
Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information or to register, call the City’s CERT Coordinator, Judy Jimenez, at 562.801.5510.