Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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La Quinta Citizen Volunteers   The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area, and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available. CERT members are also encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. The City of La Quinta’s volunteer CERT group is organized to support the City during an emergency or disaster. CERT members provide other assistance in planning, preparedness, exercises, and community events. They practice skills including: triage, disaster medical treatment, light search and rescue, radio communications, and fire extinguisher usage. The basic 20 hour FEMA CERT training course is offered year round thru Riverside County Office of Emergency Services. Visit www.rivcocert.org for upcoming CERT classes.  Additional training is offered periodically by the City and other organizations. The City of La Quinta is actively recruiting adult volunteers of all ages for the City’s CERT team. Contact the Emergency Services Coordinator for more information. (760) 777-7044

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