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Sep 23, 2017 10:45AM ● By Jeanne Fratello

The November 2014 Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team after is live drill, which concluded class training.

Recent catastrophic events locally and around the world continue to bring the point home: Now is the time to make sure that you are prepared to handle an emergency situation. Signing up for an emergency preparedness training class with the Manhattan Beach Community Emergency Response Team (MB CERT) is a first step to doing just that.

The class is a four-day intensive experience that runs from Thursday, November 2 to Sunday, November 5. It will cover light fire-fighting and search-and-rescue skills, rapid triage, first aid and transport, and emergency communication and survival skills.

Classes will be held at the Public Works Training Room at 3621 Bell Ave. on Thursday and Friday, November 2 and 3, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.; and on Saturday and Sunday, November 4 and 5, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. All four days of class are required for the program.

The class is limited to 30 participants. Registration is on a first come, first served basis with priority for those who live or work in Manhattan Beach. The class is free for those persons who live or work in Manhattan Beach and $60 for all others.

CERT is a volunteer organization of trained citizens who will help themselves and their neighbors during emergencies, and when public safety employees are overwhelmed during a major emergency and cannot respond to all of the calls for help.

During a major emergency, when the CERT is activated, there are a variety of jobs to be done. CERT team members first ensure the safety of themselves and their families. They may then be called to assist surrounding homes in their neighborhood and elsewhere in the city depending on needs and emergency workers available. In case emergency, fire, or police personnel are unable to respond to a given neighborhood in a timely fashion, CERT members will assist their neighbors and community doing first aid, searching damaged buildings, managing hazard controls, and keeping neighbors away from downed utility lines.

All class enrollees are asked send in a check for $60 payable to MBCERTA as a deposit to reserve a space in the class and provide an email address with the check. The $60 will be returned to you on completion of the class if you live or work in Manhattan Beach; the deposit is non-refundable if you do not attend the class. 

To register, send check and email to MBCERTA, Class Registration – Fall 2017, Drop Box #1, 400 15th Street, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 Attn:  Cleo.

For more information, write or contact George Butts at 310-701-0101.

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