Disaster prep workshops to be held on Kauai

Published On: Feb 05 2014 08:00:00 AM HST

Ewa Beach residents are now officially ready for a natural disaster, according to the National Weather Service.  The community took steps to make sure it is ready in case of emergencies.

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A series of disaster and emergency preparedness training courses will be held on Kauai over the next several months.

The Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program says the workshops are free to Kauai residents as a part of a program sponsored by the Kauai Fire Department and the Kauai Civil Defense Agency.

“During a massive disaster, such as a hurricane or tsunami, assistance from a first responder may not be immediately available,” said Fire Chief Robert Westerman. “The CERT program allows us to be proactive and train residents in basic disaster response, so they become equipped to assist family and neighbors until help arrives.”

During the six-week training, participants learn about different types of disasters, and how to prepare and respond to them. Topics will include fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and medical operations, such as CPR and first aid.

The first round of courses is scheduled for every Thursday through Mar. 13 at St. Catherine’s Church in Kapaa. Workshops will run from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The next round of courses will be held at the Kalaheo Community Center every Monday from Mar. 3 to Apr. 7. Workshops will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Additional courses will be offered islandwide through June.

For more information on the CERT program, or to register, click here.

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