Be a Hero: Get NERT Emergency Preparedness Training in Bernal Heights

It’s a question of when — not if.

We don’t know when a big earthquake (or Godzilla incursion) will occur, but we do know that Bernal Heights will be prepared, thanks to our robust foundation of chert and the many trained Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) volunteers who are ready to help when disaster strikes. 

NERT is an outstanding program organized by the San Francisco Fire Department that provides free disaster response training to San Francisco residents. Neighbor John Monson brings news that the next NERT training session will happen right here in glamorous Bernal Heights:

For the first time in several years there will be a NERT training in the heart of Bernal.

We have a great opportunity to improve our preparation for the widely anticipated next big earthquake. SFFD has scheduled a Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training at St. Kevin Church on Cortland, starting June 10th.

This is a great training where you will learn a some great emergency skills as well as how to manage a coordinated disaster response. Once you complete the training you become a licensed emergency responder (with a card to prove it!)

In a big emergency we are quite likely to be on our own. The fire department only has the resources to respond to the most acute situations in the city. Hopefully that won’t be us. But, we are very likely to have incidents to respond to and need the people, skills and organization to do that.

We have a strong core of NERTs in Bernal. We welcome you to join us. Being prepared and working with your neighbors is fun, feels great and will make a huge difference when our neighbors need us most.

Bernal Heights NERT Coordinators.

John Monson, Dave Klaus, Edward Whitmore

WHO: Everyone!!!

WHAT: FREE Disaster Preparedness Training
WHERE: Bernal Heights St. Kevin Church – 702 Cortland Ave
WHEN: Tuesday evenings June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8 AND 15, 2014*

*You must attend all sessions to gain the full benefit of the training. New students may not join after class session 2. A Certificate may be issued. Make ups may be approved.

HOW: To register visit this link or call 415-970-2024.
WHY: So we are prepared to do what we can for each other. Help make SF a resilient City!

Full NERT Training Course Outline:

Class Session #1 – Tue. June 10, 6:30-10:00PM
Earthquake Awareness, Preparedness, and Hazard Mitigation
Class Session #2 – Tue. June 17, 6:30-10:00PM
Types of Fire, Hazardous Materials/Terrorism Awareness, Utility Shut-off
Class Session #3 – Tue. June 24, 6:30-9:30PM
Disaster Medicine
Class Session #4 – Tue. July 1, 6:30-10:00PM
Light Search and Rescue
Class Session # 5 – Tue. July 8, 6:30-9:30PM
Emergency Team Organization & Disaster Psychology
Class Session # 6 – Tue. July 15, 6:30-10:00PM
Hands-On Skills Application, Course Review, and Graduation

PHOTO: Shannon K

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4 Responses to Be a Hero: Get NERT Emergency Preparedness Training in Bernal Heights

  1. Mike Brown says:

    thanks – just signed up!

  2. Alex Green says:

    As a recent graduate of the NERT training program I can’t recommend this program highly enough. You will learn new skills and be more aware and prepared for when disaster- big or small- strikes. You’ll learn how to help yourself, your loved ones, and your community. It’s a bit of a time commitment, I know, but it’s also a lot of fun! Every able bodied citizen of SF ought to take this course.

  3. Melinda says:

    Oh fun, I’m a certified NERT too – fun to know some other neighbors (@Alex and Todd) are in on the action!

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