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Volunteers Needed for Renton’s Community Emergency Response Teams

March 27, 2014
For more information contact:

Mindi Mattson, Emergency Management Coordinator 425-430-7041
Preeti Shridhar, Deputy Administrator of Public Affairs 425-430-6569

Train to Be Part of the City’s Disaster Response

Renton, WA: The City of Renton is actively recruiting volunteers to be part of the city’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT). CERT is a nationwide all-hazards disaster preparedness program created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. CERT volunteers are empowered to take on leadership roles in their neighborhoods following a disaster. It is also part of the national Citizens Corps program to increase preparedness through volunteerism.

“Emergency volunteers play a critical role in disaster response”, said Deborah Needham, Emergency Management Director.” “They are the first ones on the scene over 90% of the time.

  • Spring 2014 CERT Academy: Tuesdays, 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., April 15-May 31, City of Renton Fire Station 14, 1900 Lind Avenue SW, Renton, WA. Registration is now open for this session.
  • CERT graduates receive 24 hours of training in fire suppression, search and rescue, first aid, disaster psychology and team organization, and participate in a disaster simulation on Saturday May 31. CERT-trained individuals are able to work as part of a team in their neighborhood in order to meet the needs of residents after a disaster. Classes are taught by fire and police department personnel and local experts. The cost is $25 for Renton residents and $30 for non-residents. To register go to rentonwa.gov, where a link is provided on the main page. Or go to Cybersignup.org, class number #53048.

For more information about CERT contact Mindi Mattson at 425-430-7041.