Citizen Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Josephine County is offering a 3 day CERT class March 21-23, 2014 in Cave Junction.
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.
One also expects that under these kinds of conditions, family members, fellow employees and neighbors will spontaneously try to help each other. This was the case following the Mexico City earthquake where untrained, spontaneous volunteers saved 800 people. However, 100 people lost their lives while attempting to save others. This is a high price to pay and is preventable through training.
Through CERT training Citizens can learn life saving skills with emphasis on decision making, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. Be prepared, know what to do incase of an emergency.
Sign up for the 3 day course by contacting Emergency Services @ 541-474-5300 or firstname.lastname@example.org