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Lillian Boyd, Dana Point Times There were 22 Basic CERT Academy graduates who spent the entire weekend attending classes and participating in emergency preparedness practical application exercises. It was the first Dana Point CERT Academy of 2020. Each participant learned Light Search and Rescue techniques, First Aid, Fire Suppression, and other disaster preparedness information.

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“The CERT program empowers the participants with the information and skills to prepare themselves, their families and community for any emergency that may occur,” said James Shadle, Senior Management Analyst, Emergency Services Coordinator, City of Dana Point. “It is dedicated persons like these that make our communities, neighborhoods and the County of Orange a safer place to live and play.  I applaud their dedication to the ideals of emergency preparedness.” Classes were supported by Orange County Fire, Care Ambulance, and OC Intelligence Assessment Center and hosted by City of Dana Point and Monarch Hills Association. There are no additional classes scheduled for this year. To register for the course and to be contacted for the next CERT Academy, email If you think you have 20 or more interested residents who would like to attend a CERT Academy and be willing to host this three-day course in your community or organization, please call 949.248.3583.
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Lillian Boyd Lillian Boyd is the senior editor for Picket Fence Media and city editor for Dana Point Times. She graduated with a degree in journalism from Humboldt State University. Her work experience includes interviewing incarcerated individuals in the Los Angeles County jails, an internship at the Pentagon covering U.S. Army news as well as reporting and anchoring for a local news radio station in Virginia. Follow her on Twitter @Lillianmboyd and follow Dana Point Times at @danapointtimes.

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