For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Khin Chin, Office of Emergency Services, (510) 981-5506

Free classes help residents prepare their families and neighborhoods

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, August 27, 2008) - Do you know how to take care of yourself and your family in an emergency?  Do you know first aid, search and rescue techniques and how to suppress a fire?  Find out at one or more of the seven free classes offered by Berkeley's Office of Emergency Services. Classes are free and open to those who live or work in Berkeley and are 18 or older.  You'll get hands-on experience in putting on a splint, extinguishing a fire, using a fire hose, safely lifting a concrete block and much more.  All classes are held at 997 Cedar Street, in the training center next to Fire Station 6.

Fall Schedule:
Shelter Operations (taught by American Red Cross) - September 6, 9 am-12 pm
Disaster Mental Health - September 6, 1 pm-4 pm
Fire Suppression - September 27, 9 am-12 pm or October 4, 9 am-12 pm
Light Search and Rescue - October  11, 9 am-12 pm
Disaster First Aid - October 18, 1:30 pm-4:30 pm or October 25, 9 am-12 pm

For more information please contact Khin Chin via Email or telephone at 981-5506.  To register, visit and click on the OES-Disaster Preparedness link or call 510-981-5605.