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City’s Emergency Preparedness Expo highlights importance of disaster readiness
Dana Point Times
As bats cracked in Williamsport, Pa. and a California team neared the Little League World Series championship title, a different display of readiness and dedication took over the baseball field of Dana Hills High School early Saturday.
Dozens of exhibitors lined the outfield wall for the city’s annual Emergency Preparedness Expo, highlighting ways residents can keep their families safe if and when a disaster strikes. From law enforcement branches to regional utility companies, each presenter came armed with tools for residents to deploy if needed, and provided tips and onsite training for emergency situations.
As part of the continued community emergency preparedness training, the city of Dana Point is offering a three-day, hands-on program where residents will learn valuable lessons to better prep themselves for disasters.
The city’s Community Emergency Response Team training provides participants with the basic knowledge to handle emergency situations. Participants will learn to manage utilities and extinguish small fires, to treat basic medical emergencies, to understand disaster psychology and to search for and rescue victims safely.
The program is nationally recognized and was designed using guidelines and training materials from county and state agencies as wells as the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security. Classes will take place over three days, from Friday, September 20 through Sunday, September 22. Participants must complete all three days to become CERT certified.
The three classes will be held on:
Friday, September 20 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, September 21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, September 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information and to find the registration form visit www.danapoint.org, or contact Mike Rose, director of disaster preparedness and facilities, at 949.248.3535 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.