In California, local government is the first to respond to emergencies with additional personnel and equipment from neighboring cities and counties available to assist if needed. However, in a large-scale disaster, such as a damaging earthquake, flood or fire, emergency resources may not be immediately available. Additionally, public utilities services (gas, water, electricity, telephone) may not be available to residences or businesses for some period of time.
Under these conditions, individuals, neighborhoods, businesses and schools may have to subsist on their own for 72 hours or more. CERT awareness and training will aid home and business preparation and provide you with the necessary and practical skills to help yourself, your family and your neighborhood until professional emergency personnel arrive and public utilities can be restored.
Remember – Preparedness is Key to Survival!