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Authorities urge public to sign up for CERT program

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In the event of a large-scale disaster, emergency response agencies may be overwhelmed and could use your help.

Authorities say community emergency response training, or "cert," is more important than ever. 

San Luis Obispo County is offering a five-class cert course starting next week. 

"It's designed to teach people how to deal with and take care of themselves in a time of disaster, said Bob Neumann, retired SLO City Fire Chief, "and once you take care of yourself and your family, then you can move out to help your neighbors, and then if you're comfortable, you can actually join the team and work in supporting the community and, or, the fire departments as they manage the emergency." 

Anyone over the age of 18 can sign up for this hands-on class. You can expect to learn how to turn off utilities, medical and firefighting skills, hazardous materials and terrorism awareness, and light search and rescue techniques.

The course will be held on Tuesday and Thursday nights at the Morrow Bay Fire Department. You can find more information on how to sign up at www.ksby.com/links.

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