Since childhood, I’ve always tried to look at the bright side of things, and for doing so, have forever been pegged as “an eternal optimist.” But as I’ve matured, I’ve become a bit more of a realist, and now understand that the world doesn’t always work the way we might think it should. So it’s important to prepare for the unexpected, and there are plenty of ways to do that. One of them is the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program Training that is being offered in late June in the City of Rancho Mirage. I’ve heard of this course for years, and I’m excited to be taking it this go-round.
The intense 20-hour course takes place over three days—Friday (5:30 – 9:30 p.m.), and Saturday, and Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.), June 27th, 28th, and 29th, 2014—and consists of both classroom and hands-on preparation. The goal of CERT Training is to help ordinary citizens master basic disaster response skills such at fire safety, search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations so that they may assist others in the workplace or community following an event where professional responders are not immediately able to help. And let’s face it, with the possibility of severe weather, earthquakes, and wildfires in the Palm Springs Valley and Southern California, this training could be lifesaving.
The CERT Program is open to the public, and although there’s no cost for the training or the course materials, it’s essential to register to ensure a space in the class. To learn more and to register for the class, go to www.ranchomirageca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/CERT-class-news-release.pdf And if you need additional information, please call Rancho Mirage City Hall at 760-324-4511.
I’d love to see some of my fellow Rancho Miragers on Friday, June 27. But if you can’t make it, check back on the Rancho Mirage website, as I’ll be sharing what we learn right here. Stay tuned. And don’t worry. I’ve got your back.