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CERT training available to local residents

CERT is the Community Emergency Response Team. It’s a nationwide organization established by FEMA (The Federal Emergency Management Agency) to train citizens of all skill levels to prepare for major emergencies, to take care of their families during such an emergency, and then, if they can be spared, to be of help to the rest of the community in situations where the professional emergency services are overwhelmed.

The training is offered to local residents once or twice a year, and one is now scheduled to start on Tuesday, April 3. The training is stretched out over two weeks, on evenings and Saturday mornings, and amounts to 24 hours of training. There is no charge for the training, and anyone 18 years old or older, and in reasonable physical condition, can participate. This particular training is being conducted for citizens of Solana Beach, Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, and Elfin Forest. The only requirement is that you must attend all five sessions. Once trained, your further participation in CERT activities is encouraged, but is purely voluntary.

There is still room for more candidates at this next training. The schedule is:Tuesday, April 3, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, April 7, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Saturday, April 14, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Tuesday, April 17, 6-9 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

If this schedule doesn’t suit you, you can ask to be notified directly at future times when the training is offered.

For more information, or to be put on a notification list for future trainings, please contact George at

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