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Class offered for volunteer emergency responders

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Evanston's Community Emergency Response Team program is seeking participants for its fall training class.

The program provides information about disaster preparedness and how to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster.

The course will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 7, and will meet at 7 p.m. each Wednesday evening through Nov. 2. A final exercise will take place on Saturday, Nov. 12.

CERT participants also receive training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

In the event of a serious man-made or natural disaster, the Office of Emergency Preparedness will activate the Emergency Operations Center and call upon special teams made up of responders from city's emergency field support services that include emergency communications volunteers and CERT members.

The application form is available online. For more information email ema@cityofevanston.org or call (847) 866-2999.

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