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Become a CERT team member to help in emergencies

by Lynne Katusich

I received this important information from Jason Foster, Captain of our local Paramedics:

Anyone who lives in the Antelope Valley knows that we are no strangers to all sorts of disasters. It is for this reason that the effort establish a CERT team is underway in our community.

What is a CERT team?

In the event of a disaster, first responders in our community will quickly be overwhelmed, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during hands on exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community

What may a CERT member be asked to do?

A CERT member may be asked to assist with any of the following activities: community evacuations, emergency shelters, assist citizens with special needs during an emergency, perform first-aid, search and rescue operations, animal evacuations and many other important functions essential in large scale emergencies.

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How do I become a member?

The Antelope Valley CERT Team currently meets every fourth Thursday at 6 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Fire Station No. 3, 1166 Larson Lane. Just attend any meeting for details.

Who can become a member? Any person over the age of 18 that is interested in helping their neighbors and community in times of disaster can be a valuable member of CERT, regardless of age or physical limitations, and are urged to attend a meeting.

For more information on CERT teams go to: or contact Jason Foster at JFOSTER@MONO.CA.GOV

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Lynne Katusich can be reached at or (530) 495-2552.

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