Santa Maria Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)Free disaster preparedness and emergency response training for teens in grades 7 through 12 starts Monday, December 18th. The four-day program will take place daily from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Abel Maldonado Community Youth Center, located at 600 South McClelland Street. The program is presented by the City of Santa Maria Recreation and Parks Department and the Santa Maria Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
The program is funded by the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services’ LISTOS CERT Support Grant Program. The workshops are designed to prepare teens for disasters and emergencies. Participants of the program will be invited to form a Teen CERT club, in which they will continue to enhance their CERT education through bi-weekly activities and training, as well as educate community members.
The Teen CERT program is recommended for teens interested in careers related to disaster management, emergency response, healthcare, public safety, and social services. Its workshops may include graphic visual materials depicting emergency scenarios, including injuries. The realistic approach is designed to prepare teens for real-life emergencies. Parental evaluation of their children’s readiness and sensitivity for such content is suggested before registering at www.cityofsantamaria.org/register.
Questions may be directed to the Recreation and Parks Department at (805) 925-0951 extension 2260.