Registration is now open for Kirkland’s eight-week-long Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program. The program is scheduled to begin Monday, September 17 and continue for eight consecutive Mondays from 6 to 9 p.m. To register, visit www.kirklandwa.gov/cert. Registration is $35 per person and that includes a manual, hardhat, vest, backpack and emergency supplies. Classes will be held at Kirkland Seventh Day Adventist Church, 6400 108th Avenue NE.
In this FEMA-developed curriculum, participants will learn how to support their neighborhoods and their community by preparing for and responding disasters. Specifically, they’ll learn skills relating to disaster preparedness, fire suppression, triage and basic first aid, search and rescue, disaster psychology and team organization. The program culminates on November 11 with a simulated disaster.
“The purpose of the class is to help create a resilient community, a community less impacted by a disaster because residents are prepared,” said Helen Ahrens-Byington, Kirkland’s Deputy Fire Chief. “A prepared community is prepared at the individual level and, at the same time, is developing a team of people who are ready to assist others after a disaster when emergency response is likely to be overwhelmed.”
This class is possible through the sponsorship of Kirkland Seven Day Adventist Church in partnership with the City of Kirkland Office of Emergency Management and the volunteers that actively support this program and Greater Kirkland Citizen Corps Council.