Whole Community Preparedness Another 9 week CERT basic training academy will begin on Tuesday, March 8, from 6 – 8:30 p.m. at the Julian Jr. High. The training includes, Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Medical Operations, Light Search and Rescue, CERT Operations, Disaster Psychology, Terrorism, Review, Scenario and Graduation. If you are interested in the Basic CERT Program, please contact Johnny or Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at: 760-310-0206 or 760-310-0976. Julian Cuyamaca CERT/Teen CERT provides ongoing training and materials free of charge. Online CERT training at: https://www.fema.gov/training-materials. Hands-on classes can be arranged. Community-based preparedness planning allows us to prepare for and respond to anticipated disruptions and potential hazards following a disaster. As individuals, we can prepare our homes and families to cope during that critical period. Through pre-event planning, neighborhoods and worksites can also work together to help reduce injuries, loss of lives, and property damage. Neighborhood preparedness will enhance the ability of individuals and neighborhoods to reduce their emergency needs and to manage their existing resources until professional assistance becomes available. Studies of behavior following disasters have shown that groups working together in the disaster period perform more effectively if there has been prior planning for disaster response. These studies show that organized grassroots efforts may be more successful if they are woven into the social and political fabric of the community – neighborhood associations, schools, workplaces, places of worship, and other existing organizations. Effective response therefore requires comprehensive planning and coordination of all who will be involved – government, volunteer groups, private businesses, schools, and community organizations. With training and information, individuals and community groups can be prepared to serve as a crucial resource capable of performing many of the emergency functions needed in the immediate post-disaster period. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program is designed to help communities prepare for effective disaster response through training and planning.