Napa County offers volunteer emergency responder course following California earthquakes

Napa County, Calif., will hold a Community Emergency Response Training course at Napa Valley College beginning April 24.

Following recent earthquakes in California, county officials are working to make sure residents and communities are prepared if a major earthquake occurred, according to Napa Valley Patch.

Emergencies and disasters in recent months demonstrated that emergency responders are not able to help everyone affected in a timely manner. Community members must be able to take care of basic needs themselves, Napa Valley Patch reported.

CERT training is a nationally recognized training offered by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to provide essential emergency-response skills. Attendees will learn basic skills needed to sustain life after a man-made, natural or technical disaster until emergency responders are able to help.

Skills include basic search and rescue and fire suppression, including how to operate a fire extinguisher and control utilities. Basic emergency medical services such as how to clear an airway, control bleeding and triage will be covered. Course attendees will also learn how to organize a community after a disaster using disaster psychology and team organization.

The course will be offered free of charge to residents of Napa County. Attendees must be present at all three sessions to complete the course and receive certification, according to Napa Valley Patch.