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'Fire in the Hills!' Presentation at library on October 29, 2014

Fire Capt. George Laing of the Contra Costa County Fire Protection District is the featured speaker at a special presentation "Fire in the Hills!" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, in the Walnut Creek Library Oak View Room, 1644 N. Broadway. Laing will provide an overview of the nature of grass fires in the hills, what steps can be taken to minimize fire danger, and what to do in the event of a grass fire. He will share real life lessons learned from the Oakland Hills fire, as well as his perspective on the impact the current drought could have on fire danger. The free program is open to the public, and is hosted by Walnut Creek's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Pre-registration is requested. Click here to register.

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What is CERT? COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT)

The goal of CERT is to teach people the skills they need to pull together and safely help their community in the event of disaster, as the demand for emergency services will likely exceed available resources.  CERTs go through a basic 20-hour training, and are sworn in as volunteer Disaster Service Workers for the City of Walnut Creek. When disaster strikes, CERT volunteers check on their family's safety first, and then gather at their pre-designated CERT Staging Area to work with other CERTs in helping the surrounding neighborhoods and gathering information for the City's Emergency Operations Center.

HOW CERT WORKS IN WALNUT CREEK
Walnut Creek has 8 CERT Areas. CERT graduates are assigned to a CERT Area based on where they live. In the event of emergency, CERTs gather at their CERT Staging Area and work together as trained in the CERT Program.
Want to know which CERT Area you live in? Click for street index  or go to the "Walnut Creek CERT Areas" page for maps.

WALNUT CREEK CERT STRATEGIC PLAN FOR 2013-18
The CERT Strategic Plan for 2013-18 is complete and available on our website. This plan lays out the priorities and goals for Walnut Creek CERT over a five-year period

WALNUT CREEK CERT DISASTER SERVICE WORKER POLICY
Walnut Creek CERT graduates are sworn is as Disaster Service Workers for the City. This is effective for two years; the CERT may renew DSW status by taking additional training. To learn more, click here.

For further information, contact Gayle Vassar, Communications and Outreach Manager for the City of Walnut Creek, 925-943-5895.