# Wednesday, March 12, 2003
Even if your are prepared for a disaster, are you prepared to help?
I just finished training for our local CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) here in lovely Hillsboro, OR. It was quite an interesting experience. We received (free) 24 hours of training from the fire department on how not only to protect ourselves and our families in time of disaster, but how to help our neighbors and communities as well.
Training included fire supression, search and rescue, and disaster medical operations among other things. Well worth knowing. And to finish up the class we had a simulated emergency, with live victims and everything :)
Now that I'm done with the basic training, it's made me want to go out and get a ham radio license and / or an EMT license. Pretty exciting stuff.
Lots of other communities have similar programs, so if you are interested and saftey and community service, check with your local fire department or city/county emergency manager.