City program to offer emergency response training for parents of school-age kids

Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month?

We didn’t either. But now’s certainly a good time for families, schools and businesses to revisit their emergency plans, stock up on supplies and seek out best practices.

CERT Training FlierSpeaking of which, the City of Irvine’s Community Emergency Response Team — or CERT — is offering an upcoming 11-session training program for moms and dads of school-age children. The hands-on course, focusing on such topics as personal and family preparedness, fire suppression, first aid and light search and rescue, will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning Oct. 7 and concluding Nov. 11.

The idea behind CERT is to prepare citizens to help themselves, their families and their neighbors in the event of a major catastrophic event. To receive certification in the course, participants must attend all 11 sessions, which will be staged at the Irvine Police Department headquarters, Orange County Fire Authority Station No. 6 and Irvine City Hall.

You can find more information by clicking on the flier to the right, and you can request an application by visiting the City of Irvine’s CERT webpage or by calling 949-724-7164. Space is limited, so don’t wait too long if you’re interested.

Meanwhile, if you’d like to learn more about the Irvine Unified School District’s emergency planning efforts, take a look at this recently updated Emergency Preparedness webpage. You’ll find information on emergency communications, lockdown training, Comprehensive Safe School Plans and more.