Community members invited to free class

Insert a description of the image here.When disaster strikes, Community Emergency Response Teams – or CERTS – step in to assist, helping communities respond to and recover from the emergency.

CSU Monterey Bay is recruiting volunteers to help fill this critical role.

Members of the community are invited to attend the entry-level 20-hour CERT class Sept. 6 through 8 on campus. The free class, offered in cooperation with Central Coast CERT and the Monterey County Office of Emergency Services, will be held in the Emergency Operations Center located in the Police Department:

• 3-7 pm., Friday, Sept. 6 and
• 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 7 and 8


CERT classes are a combination of lecture and hands-on training, and include light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, and CERT team organization. Among other skills, participants learn how to use hand-held radios, shut off gas and operate a fire extinguisher.

Upon successful completion, participants will receive certification as a CERT member and will be eligible to register as Disaster Service Workers.

While the university is building the Otter CERT team, the training is open to anyone in Monterey County. Upon completion of the training, community members will be able to join one of the local CERT teams active in the area.

For more information or to register, please contact CSUMB’s emergency manager Dick Bower at 582-3589 or, or Arianne Tucker, the university’s health and safety specialist, at 582-4096 or