Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Seminars

CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training and Map Your Neighborhood training courses are upcoming, beginning in February. Folks interested in taking a more active role in emergency preparedness planning – both for their household and in their community – will find these courses very useful.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

Saturdays, February 28th, March 14th & 28th, 2009
8:00AM – 5:00PM
Bald Hills Fire Department
16306 Bald Hill Rd. SE, Yelm, WA

Advance registration is required.

CERT is a training program that prepares you to help yourself, family, neighbors, and co-workers in the event of a disaster.

CERT training will give you the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property.

CERT Curriculum (completion of all modules required for certification):

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Fire Safety
  • Medical Operations
  • Light Search & Rescue
  • CERT Organization
  • Terrorism and CERT
  • Disaster Simulation

For more information or to register for this course, contact: Brittany Ruiz, 360-786-5207 or email ruizb@co.thurston.wa.us

Map Your Neighborhood Train-the-Trainer

Tuesday, February 3, 2009
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Thurston County Emergency Management
2703 Pacific Avenue SE, Olympia

In a disaster, your most immediate source of help is the neighbors living around you.

“Map Your Neighborhood” is a program designed to help neighborhoods prepare for disasters. It is offered through your local county or city Emergency Management Office.


  • Learn the 9 steps to take immediately following a disaster.
  • Identify the skills and equipment inventory each neighbor has that are useful in an effective disaster response.
  • Create a Neighborhood map identifying locations of natural gas and propane tanks and identifying those neighbors with specific needs.
  • Work together as a team to evaluate your neighborhood after a disaster and take the necessary actions.


  • Start a neighborhood group by attending a 2‐hour MYN Train‐the‐Trainer session, which provides you with important information on how to effectively facilitate a neighborhood meeting, details the 9 Steps to Take Immediately Following a Disaster, and answers any questions or concerns you may have.
  • Once trained, you may order the MYN Program materials through your local county or city Emergency Management Office. These materials include the MYN Neighborhood Handout Shingle, a Discussion Guide, CD and DVD, which contains several forms, resources and information.
  • After facilitating a MYN team, fill out the MYN Postcard and send it to your county or city Emergency Management Office. This will allow them to track the number of teams and evaluate the program.

For more information visit our website at www.co.thurston.wa.us/em or contact Vivian Eason 360‐786‐5243 or email easonv@co.thurston.wa.us

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