Thursday, March 3, 2011

CERT Graduates 500th Basic Trainee

Ashland CERT completed its winter basic training course on February 24 with a disaster simulation exercise despite heavy snow from the recent winter storm.

This graduating class is significant because not only is it the largest class, with twenty-six graduates, since CERT was founded in 1999, it also represents the 500th citizen trained to be prepared when disaster strikes.

A recent partnership with Southern Oregon University has bolstered the number of people participating in CERT’s basic training and the program is on track to add over fifty new members this fiscal year.

Participants in CERT basic training learn to help themselves, their families, and community members immediately following a disaster when emergency services are typically overwhelmed and unable to help.

Through training ranging from disaster kits to search and rescue, graduates are able assemble a team to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people following a disaster.

The class will be offered again in April.

More information about CERT can be found at or by contacting Richard Randleman, the CERT Program Coordinator at 541-552-2226 or

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