In the wake of devastating earthquakes in Haiti and Chile, Pasadena residents are invited to free training in disaster preparedness Saturday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Madison School, 515 Ashtabula St.
Pasadena Emergency Response Training (PERT) will be available in English and, for the first time, Spanish. The training will be provided by Pasadena Fire Department personnel and sponsored by Vice Mayor Victor Gordo.
Participants will receive hands-on instruction in disaster preparedness, assessment of medical needs, fire suppression, light search and rescue, and other skills critical to the first 72 hours after a disaster.
“While our emergency personnel respond within a few short minutes of an incident, this may be out of the question after a major disaster,” said Gordo. “Able-bodied individuals and families may have to be their own first responders and may have to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours.”
Reservations are required by visiting www.cityofpasadena.net/district5 (click on PERT Training) or calling (626) 744-4741.
For more information about emergency preparedness in Pasadena, visit www.cityofpasadena.net/disaster.