City of Colorado Springs offers free emergency training to citizens
The City of Colorado Springs, in cooperation with the Colorado Citizen Corps, is urging citizens to take time now to prepare for possible emergencies. Winter weather in the Colorado Springs area can be unpredictable. History shows that conditions can very quickly turn dangerous with ice, strong winds and heavy snow. 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 January 22 and 23. The class will be held at the Fire Department Complex, 375 Printers Parkway, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
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. 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.Online registration forms and additional class dates are available through the Office of Emergency Management?s website at www.springsgov.com.