Register now for CERT disaster preparedness course

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An upcoming training course can help Blaine, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo residents prepare for disasters, such as an eruption of Mt. Baker or an earthquake that collapses buildings and water and sewer systems.

The North Whatcom Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is conducting a training course starting on Saturday, September 28. The course consists of eight weekly sessions and will be held on Saturday afternoons from 1 to 4 p.m. at Fire Station 61, 9408 Odell Road in Blaine.

CERT is a nationwide program that was developed after an earthquake in Mexico in which untrained people who were trying to assist became victims themselves. CERT trains volunteers to act in a planned, efficient manner in order to determine possible safety problems, triage victims, rescue victims and establish basic medical care until victims can be transported to professional facilities.

The cost for the course is $50 which includes a course manual and a CERT backpack containing safety equipment such as a hard hat, safety vest, goggles and gloves. Alternatively, participants can choose to use packs loaned by CERT and pay $25.

For more information or to register, contact Liz Parker at lizparker64@gmail.com. 

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