Are you ready to help your neighborhood in a disaster? You can be.

Let us talk for a moment about something we can all agree on: We’d all like to survive a disaster. And help others in the aftermath.

A major earthquake does not hold open houses. Its public comment period is actually aftershocks, and fires.

Nevertheless, we can be prepared to help.

The Seattle Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is holding Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training this fall, and applications are due this week.

Via email (from OEM and the Seattle Neighborhoods Actively Prepare [SNAP] program):

Following a major disaster, emergency services that people have come to rely on will be overwhelmed and unable to meet the increased demand. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training is a series of courses that are intended to prepare people to take action in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. The training is a combination of skills based classes that will teach participants about Fire Suppression, Utility Control, Light Search and Rescue and Disaster First Aid, in addition to basic tenants of Emergency Preparedness and Emergency Response.

Demand for the training is HIGH. In response to this, and to spread CERT graduates throughout the city, OEM is now taking applications for the training. Applications are due this Friday, August 30.

You can download the application here (super-duper short), fill it out, and either email it to or FAX it to 206-684-5998. Those selected for the training will be notified the week after applications are due (by Friday, September 6).

Each class in the training series builds on the knowledge and training of the class before. Be aware of the training schedule before you consider applying:

Tuesday, October 15, 2013 6-9 PM
Saturday, October 19, 2013 9 AM – 1 PM
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 6-9 PM
Saturday, October 26, 2013 9 AM – 1 PM
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 6-9 PM
Tuesday, November 5, 2013 6-9 PM
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 6-9 PM

You can read about the topics of each training session here, under Delivery.