While the links in the left column will provide a vast amount of information on how to prepare and respond to a variety of disasters, the best preparation one can make is to train for these events. Nothing can replace hands-on, face-to-face instruction and practice to develop and ingrain the skills necessary to act decisively and appropriately in the face of crisis.
Each community should have individuals trained for:
- First Aid, Medical, & Stress Management
- Search and Rescue
- Safety and Utilities
- Care of People with Special Needs
- Shelter & Feeding
- Animal Rescue
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
To that end, training is available from several sources. One of the best sources is the San Rafael Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program. It is the only program certified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) in Marin County. CERT provides 18 hours of instruction and hands-on training. For an overview of the CERT program see http://readymarin.org/cert/.
To check the CERT training calendar and to register for a class, go to http://readymarin.org/calendar/. The cost of the training is $45.
If you have questions, call:
Marin County CERT Coordinator
Office: (415) 485-3409
Cell: (415) 450-7670
Deputy Fire Marshal
San Rafael Fire Department
You may also contact the Disaster Prep Committee to discuss setting up local training as well participate in our community efforts.
GET READY Training
GET READY is a 2-hour emergency preparedness class offered at no cost to all households and businesses in San Rafael and Marin County. For more information, call:
or go to http://readymarin.org/get-ready/
FEMA On-line Disaster Preparedness Course
FEMA offers free online disaster preparedness courses, including:
- IS-22: Are You Ready? An in-depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness
- IS-7: A Citizen’s Guide to Disaster Assistance
- IS-55a: Household Hazardous Materials – A Guide for Citizens
- IS-393a: Introduction to Hazard Mitigation
For more information and to register for a course, go to http://training.fema.gov/IS/crslist.aspx.