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Be Ready for Disaster in Your Neighborhood with CERT Training

by Grace Kelly on November 20, 2012

You could learn how to be ready for a storm emergency in your neighborhood. With a wide-spread storm, our few first responders will be spread thin. In anticipation, training allows ordinary people to shut off gas in an emergency, put out a small fire, methodically search for people in a dark building, and rescue a person trapped under a heavy object. When minutes matter, these actions can be crucial to saving lives.

Ramsey Sheriff Bostrom is offering nine free classes on Wednesdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. starting next January. You would be a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), which partners community members and emergency services personnel together for coordinated responses following a catastrophic disaster. These are the topics covered:

  • Disaster Preparedness 
  • CERT Organization 
  • Fire Safety 
  • Light, Search and Rescue 
  • Disaster Psychology 
  • Disaster Medical Operations (Part 1)
  • Disaster Medical Operations (Part 2)
  • Terrorism
  • Final Exercise / Graduation
  • Upon graduation, CERT members can assist their neighborhoods and workplaces in an emergency, when first responders are not immediately available.  CERT members also volunteer to take to participate with various agencies in emergency preparedness projects.

    Class locations will alternate between Arden Hills and Vadnais Heights, with the final exercise and graduation taking place in Saint Paul.

    I took the CERT classes last fall, and I found most of the classes to be very useful. We actually did hands-on practice in putting out small fires, in putting on bandages and in searching for people. The Sheriff’s office has a great training area for search and rescue.  

    These classes are very popular, and the class fills up quickly.  So if you are interested contact the training coordinator at 651-266-7332 or email to sign up immediately.

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