Press
Release
City of Fullerton
Public Information Office

303 W. Commonwealth
Fullerton, CA 92832
Phone: (714) 738-6317

9/23/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS RELEASE #19713
Subject :

Fullerton Fire Department Conducts Earthquake Preparedness Training
Contact :Fullerton Fire Department    (714) 738-6500
Fullerton City Manager’s Office    (714) 738-6317
Fullerton, CA – In conjunction with "The Great California Shakeout", an annual earthquake preparedness drill, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a group of citizen volunteers organized by the  Fullerton Fire Department, will conduct a training session Wednesday, October 9, focusing on  earthquake preparedness. The public is invited to attend the session, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the City of Fullerton Maintenance Yard, 1580 W. Commonwealth Ave.

Topics covered will include regional earthquake threats, methods to survive the shaking, and ways to prepare homes to minimize the danger of falling objects in a quake.

A video on earthquake preparedness will be shown, and the earthquake threats to our region will be covered in a second video. People who attend the session will learn how to turn off a gas meter and can practice on an actual device.

An informational brochure on earthquake preparedness will be given to all who attend the class. Refreshments will be served.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program trains citizens to organize their families and neighborhoods so they will be better prepared to respond to emergency situations.

Based on a model developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, trained CERT members will be able to provide immediate assistance to disaster victims, as well as emergency responders such as the Fire, Police and Maintenance Services departments.

Under the program, volunteers undergo 20 hours of training in subjects such as disaster preparedness, basic first aid, fire safety, basic search and rescue methods, and proper use of a fire extinguisher.

Once the training is complete, CERT volunteers are required to attend a minimum of two training sessions per year.

Persons interested in becoming a CERT volunteer can visit the Fire Department's section of the City website at www.cityoffullerton.com or call the Fullerton Fire Department at (714) 738-6500. The next CERT Academy begins on Saturday, October 12.

For more information on "The Great California Shakeout" and CERT please contact the Fire Prevention Division of the Fullerton Fire Department at (714) 738-6500.

Persons requiring special accommodations to attend the event are asked to notify the Fire Prevention Division staff prior to Oct. 9.


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