Emergency Preparedness

If a disaster strikes, how well provided for would you and your family be?
Check out these few tips from the Cosumnes Fire Department and judge for yourself:

Get an Emergency Kit
If disaster strikes your community, you might not have access to food, water, or electricity for some time. Assemble an emergency kit with enough supplies for 72 hours for each member of your family. To help, we created an emergency supply kit list for you.

Make an Emergency Plan
Make plans with your family and friends in case you're not together during an emergency. Discuss how you'll contact each other, where you'll meet, and what you'll do in different situations.

Be Informed
Check all types of media - Web sites, newspapers, radio, TV, mobile and land phones - for global, national and local information. During an emergency, your local Emergency Management or Emergency Services office will give you valuable information, such as open shelters and evacuation procedures.
Get Involved/Trained
First Aid Training
Take a first aid and emergency response training.

Community Emergency Response Team Training
Participate in the Cosumnes CSD's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training.

Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, there can be an emergency or disaster that can overwhelm the community's immediate response capability. While adjacent jurisdictions, State and Federal resources can activate to help, there may be a delay for them getting to those who need them.

The primary reason for CERT training is to give people the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates while waiting for help.

While people will respond to others in need without the training, the goal of the CERT program is to help people do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.

The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them 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.

How to Sign Up for CERT Training
Anyone interested in CERT training or becoming actively involved with the Cosumnes CERT team, is encouraged to visit the Elk Grove-Galt CERT website. For questions or donations information, contact our CERT Administrative Assistant Marisela Suarez at 916-753-1952 or 916-405-7100.