Apr 19, 2010 7:40 PM
The City of Colorado Springs, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is urging citizens to take time to prepare for possible emergencies. Weather in Colorado Springs can very quickly turn dangerous with severe thunderstorms, strong winds, lightning and flooding. Some of the most severe storms in this area have occurred during the summer months.
The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management is offering a free evening Citizen Emergency Response Training class on May 4, 6, 11 and 13. The class will be held at the Fire Department Complex, 375 Printers Parkway, from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening.
In Colorado Springs, our most likely emergencies are weather-related, including thunderstorms, floods and wildfires. Storms may cause you to be stranded in your home, worksite or vehicle so it is important to have emergency kits in each location. During major events first responders often are overwhelmed with the number of individual emergencies. Citizens must know how to be self-sufficient during the first critical 72 hours immediately following any type of disaster, whether natural or human-caused. CERT is designed to assist citizens in individual and family preparedness.
The training provides comprehensive training in disaster preparedness and response. Through classroom learning and hands-on training, participants will learn how to help themselves, their families and their neighbors during and immediately following a disaster. Topics covered include disaster preparedness; disaster medical assistance; light search and rescue; fire safety; terrorism and disaster psychology. This course does not offer certification in CPR or first aid.
Online registration forms and additional class dates are available through the Office of Emergency Management's website at www.springsgov.com or 385-5957.