CERT Program of Kirkland, WA

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  • Sunday, November 10, 2013 5:32 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Yesterday, November 9, marked the first meeting of the CERT Neighborhoods.  We welcomed 71 CERTs from 12 of the 13 Kirkland neighborhoods to begin the process of getting acquainted, choosing meeting places should a disaster occur, and selecting a contact person.  The CERT Steering Committee has been working on this project for almost 2 years.  Committee members Christina Brugman, Jeff Lyon, Jennifer Mahan, and Jeannette Stansell were on hand to facilitate the process.
  • Monday, September 30, 2013 8:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, many people turned away from established shelters because their companion animals were not allowed, and we all remember the sad photos of abandoned pets struggling to survive on the streets of New Orleans.

    Every family needs to prepare for disaster by setting aside food, water, fuel, and  first aid supplies.  But what about our pets?

    What supplies and considerations will you need in order to care for your animals in the aftermath of a disaster?  How will you cope with loose animals you encounter in your neighborhood?  Can you tell the difference between an angry/aggressive dog and a frightened one?  Do you know how to deal with them?  What if you encounter livestock? How are animal shelters set up and operated?

    The Kirkland CERT Program, together with WASART (the Washington State Animal Response Team), will present highlights from the CERT Animal Response Modules I & II on Saturday, October 19th, 2013, from 9 AM to 1 PM at Fire Station 26.  There is a $5 registration fee.

    We are pleased to offer online registration and payment for this course: http://tinyurl.com/KirklandCERT. This is the first trial of our new website, so if you encounter any difficulties, contact me and I’ll refer you to our webmaster.  A mail-in option is also provided.

  • Monday, September 16, 2013 10:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Kirkland Greater Citizen Corps Council and CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will be offering a series of speakers to further enhance the preparedness of Kirkland residents in the event of a disaster. The series is offered to CERT graduates and, when space permits, Kirkland families. 

    The first class features ways to communicate with your family, friends, neighbors and authorities in the event of a natural disaster. 

    The class will be held September 23, 2013 at 7:00 pm at Fire Station 26 (9930 124th Ave NE).

    Cost for the class is $5. Registration forms are online at www.kirklandCERT.com and will need to be mailed in or dropped off at City Hall to be assured a space.

     Presenter is Andrew Baze, author of Personal Emergency Communications: Staying in Touch Post-Disaster: Technology, Gear, and Planning. He is director of OSD Risk Management at Microsoft.

     Mr. Baze will show you why radios should have a place in your home and neighborhood emergency preparedness plans. He will explain the ease of obtaining an amateur radio license, explain options and enable you to create an emergency communication plan.

  • Wednesday, August 07, 2013 10:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registration is now open for Kirkland’s eight-week-long Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training program.  The program is scheduled to begin Wednesday, September 11 and continue for eight consecutive Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Classes will be held at the Northshore Baptist Church, 10301 NE 145th Street, Kirkland. To register, visit www.kirklandwa.gov/cert.  Registration is $35 for Kirkland residents; $50 for non-residents. The fee includes a learning manual, hardhat, vest, backpack and emergency supplies and must be paid at the time of registration.

    Community Emergency Response Training is a hands-on course taught by Kirkland Firefighters that trains citizens how to support their neighborhoods and community by preparing for and responding to disasters when first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand. Participants learn about readiness, how to help others, quick decision making skills and rescuer safety.

    Classes include instruction in disaster preparedness, medical operations, fire suppression, light search and rescue operations, disaster psychology and team organization. The series of classes ends with a disaster simulation held on Sunday, November 3, 2013. A graduation ceremony will be held before the City Council.

    Additional information and registration forms are available at www.kirklandwa.gov/CERT or by  contacting Christina Brugman, volunteer, Kirkland Office of Emergency Management at cbrugman@kirklandwa.gov.

     

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