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FREE Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.) Training

CERT Training

The County of Los Angeles Fire Department is proud to present this training FREE to the public.

Following a major disaster, police, fire and medical professionals may not be able to fully meet the demand. People will have to rely on each other to meet the immediate life saving and life sustaining needs.

The County of Los Angeles Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T) program was developed to provide basic training in safety and life saving skills for the general public.

The course curriculum covers the following modules:

January 5, 2010 – Disaster Preparedness
January 12, 2010 – Disaster Fire Suppression
January 19, 2010 – Disaster Medical Operations 1
January 26, 2010 – Disaster Medical Operations 2
February 2, 2010 – Light Search & Rescue
February 9, 2010 – Disaster Psychology, Organization & Terrorism
February 16, 2010 – Disaster Simulation and Exercise

Martin Luther King Medical Center
12021 Wilmington Avenue,
Los Angeles, CA 90059
(Cafeteria Room 1053 A & B)

To enroll, contact Teryl Watkins at 323.200.8266 or at terylwatkins@gmail.com

VIDEO: Help Samoa Disaster Relief Press Conference

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas joined Samoan Chief Loa Pele Faletogo and other community leaders at a press conference in Carson last night to raise awareness about ongoing disaster relief efforts for American Samoa and Samoa. The islands were recently hit by devastating earthquakes and tsunamis.

To contribute to the relief effort please visit the Help Samoa website.

Tips for Emergency and Evacuation Planning

The fires burning in Southern California remind all residents that they should be prepared in case an emergency requires they leave their homes. The Los Angeles County Health Officer, Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, would like all residents to include 10 Essential Items in an emergency kit:

1. Water
2. Food
3. Cash and Important Documents
4. Clothes
5. Flashlight
6. First Aid Kit
7. Medicine
8. Radio
9. Toiletries
10. Tools (for gas shut-off, etc)

These essential items will help ensure that people have access to basic essentials, such a medication or specific foods, when other resources may not be available during an emergency. It is also vital that families put together a Communications Plan, in case they are separated or at work or school when a disaster strikes. This plan should include information on how to contact each other and designate a safe place to meet.

For more information on fire, earthquake, or other disaster readiness, call 1- 866-999-5228 or visit the Just Be Ready: Prepare Together webpage at www.publichealth.lacounty.gov. Bilingual Public Health staff is available Monday – Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Heat Advisory: Stay Safe in Hot Weather

High temperatures are forecasted for this weekend throughout Los Angeles County including in Lynwood (see forecast at left).

“While people don’t need to be told it’s hot outside, they do need to be reminded how to take care of themselves, children, the elderly, and their pets when the weather gets hotter,” said Jonathan E. Fielding, MD, MPH, Director of Public Health and Health Officer. “When temperatures are high, prolonged sun exposure may cause dehydration, heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.

“Never leave children, elderly people, or pets unattended in closed vehicles, even with the windows ‘cracked,’ because temperatures inside can quickly rise to life-threatening levels.”

Several tips for beating the heat include:

Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.

Drink water or electrolyte-replacing sports drinks often (do not wait until you are thirsty), and avoid drinking alcohol.

Offer help to those in your neighborhood with limited access to air conditioning and transportation, such as seniors or those who are ill. Check on them frequently or take them to a location with air conditioning.

During peak heat hours stay in an air-conditioned area. If you don’t have access to air conditioning in your home, visit public facilities such as shopping malls, parks, and libraries to stay cool.

Avoid unnecessary exertion, such as vigorous exercise during peak sun hours, if you are outside or in a non-air conditioned building.

Stay out of the sun if you do not need to be in it. When in the sun, wear a hat, preferably with a wide brim, and loose-fitting clothing with long sleeves and pants to protect yourself from sun damage.

Tips For Surviving The Heat

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If you plan to be outdoors, please take precautions to protect yourself from the sun and heat.

• Put on plenty of sun block and wear a wide brimmed hat or carry an umbrella.

• Wear light, loose-fitting clothing.

• Drink water often, don’t wait until you are thirsty.

• Avoid unnecessary exertion.

• If you experience dizziness, fatigue, faintness, headaches, muscle cramps and increased thirst you need to relax in a cooler, shaded place and drink water or a sports drink.

• More severe symptoms (such as disorientation, pale and clammy skin, a rapid and weak pulse, and/or fast and shallow breathing) may indicate heat exhaustion or impending heat stroke. Seek immediate medical attention.

• If you are traveling on vacation or running errands around town, NEVER leave a senior, child or pet in a closed car or any vehicle since temperatures can quickly rise to life-threatening levels.

• If you know seniors who live alone or people whose immune and/or respiratory systems are not working properly, check on them regularly to make sure they are staying cool.

• Offer assistance to “shut-ins” in your neighborhood. Check on them frequently during hot weather.

VISIT AN L.A. COUNTY COOLING CENTER