How will you keep your family safe in a disaster?

Sep 03, 2014

Disasters can happen anytime, anywhere. As we have seen in the wake of the Oso mudslide and other recent events, it may take hours to days for emergency responders to meet the needs of the public following a major disaster.

The Emergency Services Coordinating Agency, located in Brier, is offering disaster preparedness classes to King and Snohomish county residents.

Community Emergency Response Team training is about keeping yourself and your family safe and assisting others until help arrives. ESCA is currently accepting CERT class registrations.

Professional first responders, Emergency Managers and CERT Instructors teach students to extinguish small fires, provide first aid, conduct search and rescue, and perform other vital skills needed to help themselves and others after a disaster.

The eight-week course will be held from 7-10 p.m. on Thursdays from Sept. 18 to Nov. 6. The last class is a disaster simulation for students to practice what they have learned over the course.

Classes convene at the Northshore Fire Department Headquarters, Station 51, 7220 N.E. 181st St. in Kenmore.

To register, contact Vickie Fontaine at 425-776-3722 or

-Edited by Beacon staff

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