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Free disaster preparedness training for everyone starts Feb. 29

Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) is a free training program for individuals, neighborhood groups, and community-based organizations in San Francisco. Through this program, individuals will learn the basics of personal preparedness and prevention. The training also includes hands-on disaster skills training that will help individuals respond to a personal emergency as well as act as members of a neighborhood response team.

San Francisco is made up of many neighborhoods. We are training to be one ready community when it counts. Emergency Response is key, but the Neighborhood Team comes first!

To keep our neighborhood safe and resilient in case of an earthquake or disaster, the San Francisco Fire Department is offering free NERT training classes in the Marina. The six-week training course is being offered Wednesday evenings starting on Feb. 29, 2012.

Marina NERT Training

Sherman Elementary School

1651 Union Street (at Franklin)

Wednesdays, 6:30–9:30 p.m.

  • Feb. 29, Session 1: Earthquake awareness, preparedness and hazard mitigation
  • March 7, Session 2: Basic skills; fire extinguishers and hazardous materials; utility shut-offs
  • March 14, Session 3: Disaster medicine
  • March 21, Session 4: Light search and rescue
  • April 4, Session 5: Team organization and management; terrorism and NERT
  • April 11, Session 6: Hands-on training, skills development, and application

To register, call 415-970-2024 or e-mail sffdnert@sfgov.org. Include your name and phone number, the location of the training class you want to sign up for (Sherman Elementary), and the date of the first class (Feb. 29). You many not receive a confirmation, so please attend the first class.

Note that it is very important for participants to attend all sessions in order to gain the full scope and benefit of the training. New students will not be permitted to join after the second session of training. If you must miss a session, make-up classes may be scheduled within six months.

After successful completion of all six classes, a certificate and NERT identification will be issued.

Visit www.sfgov.org/sffdnert to learn more about NERT training, other class dates and locations, and to register online.

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