ENCINITAS — To help people prepare for an emergency in which they need to think fast and act quickly, the Encinitas Fire Department and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) are teaming up to present a free, one-hour “Are You Ready?” disaster training program.The session will be offered from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, 1140 Oakcrest Drive, Room 142B. Preregister is required by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, visiting enccert.org or calling the “Are You Ready?” Program Coordinator Dave Tostenson at (760) 634-5605.
Tostenson believes that past firestorms and the 2011 countywide power outage were wake-up calls. “A community-wide disaster can overwhelm public emergency response resources,” he said. “Our training will help participants understand the risks specific to our area, explain what to do ahead of time to minimize the effects of a disaster on our homes and families, outline the supplies needed to carry us for up to 72 hours and discuss how to work together with our neighbors in emergencies.”
Encinitas Fire Department-endorsed Home Disaster Preparedness Starter Kits will be available at substantially reduced prices.
“Building a safe, prepared and strong Encinitas community is the aim of our “Are You Ready?” program,” Tostenson said. “The more people we can train, the stronger our city will be.”