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City of Colorado Springs offers free emergency training to citizens


           The City of Colorado Springs, in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, is urging citizens to take time now, during National Preparedness Month, to prepare for possible emergencies.  It won?t be long before winter weather is upon Colorado Springs.  History shows that conditions can very quickly turn dangerous with ice, strong winds and heavy snow. Blizzards have occurred often in October.  Now is the time to prepare and a great time to ask the question, "Am I ready?"

              The Colorado Springs Office of Emergency Management is offering a free two-day Citizen Emergency Response Training (CERT) class on September 26 and October 3.  The class will be held at the Fire Department Complex, 375 Printers Parkway, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

            In Colorado Springs, our most likely emergencies are weather-related, including blizzards, floods and wildfires.  Storms may cause you to be stranded in your home, worksite or vehicle so it is important to have emergency kits in each location.  During major events first responders often are overwhelmed with the number of individual emergencies.  Citizens must know how to be self-sufficient during the first critical 72 hours immediately following any type of disaster, whether natural or human-caused.  CERT is designed to fulfill those needs.

            CERT provides comprehensive training in disaster preparedness and response.  Through classroom learning and hands-on training, participants will learn how to help themselves, their families and their neighbors during and immediately following a disaster.  Topics covered include disaster preparedness; disaster medical assistance; light search and rescue; fire safety; terrorism and disaster psychology.  This course does not offer certification in CPR or first aid. 

            Online registration forms and additional class dates are available through the Office of Emergency Management?s website at