Earthquakes and hurricanes in the East. Fires in Texas.
No matter where you turn, Mother Nature is putting police and fire departments to the test.
If a major disaster struck Southern California, would you know what to do?
The Newport Beach Fire Department is offering disaster preparedness classes twice a week on weekdays or on a Saturday-only schedule.
Starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 22, Newport will start its Tuesday-Thursday Community Emergency Response Team classes that teach students everything from search-and-rescue and disaster psychology to CPR and how to put out a fire. The classes last about two hours and conclude with a full-blown emergency drill Oct. 29.
Saturday CERT classes are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and start Oct. 8. Students will also participate in the Oct. 29 drill to end the course.
Classes are free for residents and $40 for nonresidents. More information is available at nbcert.org. To sign up, call Community Preparedness Coordinator Matt Brisbois at (949) 644-3112 or email him at email@example.com.
— Joseph Serna