Tualatin CIO President’s Report: January 2022

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(COURTESY/TUALATIN CERT)

COVID continues to inflict havoc on our Tualatin community. Despite the limitation, your Tualatin Community Response Team (CERT) is continuing its hybrid training for the introductory program consisting of online classes, Zoom community instruction, and limited in-person outdoor and social distancing training. Thanks to support from the City of Tualatin, all training and a basic member equipment is free.

Although we have over 180 CERT members throughout Tualatin, we need more trained volunteers to help protect our community when a major disaster overwhelms first responders. 

Why sign up for this training? CERT trains you to be more prepared and able to assist others. Members learn about disaster preparedness and hazards that could impact our city. The team teaches basic disaster response skills, including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Ongoing practice and community service opportunities allow CERT to help our neighborhoods to better handle whatever comes next.

CERT training is a national program designed to prepare communities in the event of a disaster. Trained instructors guide participants through a 25-hour FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) course covering basic skills that are important to know when emergency services may not be available.

Help yourself, family and neighbors get better prepared by joining the CERT team and by taking advantage of this free training. 

Our Spring 2022 basic training starts with a Zoom meeting from 6:30 to 8 pm on Tuesday, March 1. Training continues via Zoom on Tuesday night from 6:30 to 8 pm for the next 6 weeks. Because we are limited by COVID, you will enroll online for the University of Utah self-study course which walks you through the basic instruction. Subject to current COVID restrictions of masking and social distancing, the final training will be on two Saturday mornings in April. Space is limited. Please contact info@tualatincert.org to enroll.