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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 29, 2011
CONTACT:: LeAnn M. Coletta
O.E.M. Program Manager
951.413.3809  leannc@moval.org

City Offers Disaster Response Training

The recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan should be a reminder that you and your loved ones could be without assistance for several days or more during a disaster. “History shows that due to widespread damage, it is often several days or more before those in need are rescued. A recent example occurred in Japan, when an 80 year old grandmother and her grandson were rescued nine days after the devastating earthquake. Will you be able to help yourself and your loved ones if no one comes to your rescue for nine days?” said Office of Emergency Management Program Manager, LeAnn Coletta. To help local residents and businesses learn how to respond to disasters, the City of Moreno Valley is offering Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. “CERT is a Federal Emergency Management Agency 20-hour curriculum that prepares community members to take an active role in emergency preparedness,” said Coletta. CERT participants learn preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire suppression, light search and rescue, damage assessment and disaster psychology.

“We began teaching CERT in 1998. Since then, more than 800 students between the ages of 14 and 88 years old have been through the City’s CERT training. Young or old, this training will give you skills that you can use in everyday emergencies, as well as during a disaster. On the last day of training, students will participate in a disaster exercise with live victims, which is everyone’s favorite part of the training,” said Coletta.

CERT training is held every three months on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The next 2 ½ day course is scheduled for April 29th to May 1st. The course hours are Friday, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The registration fee is $15 per person. Sign up early as space is limited. For more information call the City’s Office of Emergency Management at 951.413.3800 or email OEM@moval.org.

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