In an ongoing effort to focus more deeply on the elements of the La Cañada Flintridge General Plan that relate to public safety, Public Safety Commission Chair Andy Beattie and Commissioner Olivia Brown prepared an agenda for the May commission meeting on emergency preparedness. The focus of the May 21 meeting was the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, sponsored by Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Los Angeles County firefighter Steve Harper and the department's community liaison, Stephanie English, presented a short video and an overview of the program. They provided highlights of the program, developed through the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide basic fire safety and life-saving skills. They also discussed the benefits of having members of the community that are trained to provide local community assistance during both major and minor emergencies, such as the city's CERT-trained Volunteer Emergency Response Team.
The CERT training program offers our community a great way to get involved and prepare for a wide range of emergency situations. This class provides participants with the training and tools to make their homes, neighborhoods and community a safer place to live. It empowers residents to provide support during local emergencies when professional safety resources are stretched thin or are unable to reach their area immediately.