Disasters often strike without warning.
In such circumstances, community members are called upon to step up and assist their compatriots.
Beginning Dec. 3, people who wish to learn emergency response skills will have the opportunity to become a part of a community-led group of volunteers who help out during large-scale emergencies.
The Community Emergency Response Team is accepting applications for their six-day training program.
The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The weeklong class ends on Dec. 8 with a full-scale emergency drill in Humboldt.
Being a part of such training can help give people confidence that they can handle emergencies - imperative in situations when quick thinking could mean the difference between life and death.
The Messenger applauds the work of the area CERT team. We hope many more people seek to join the ranks of this important organization.