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

Offered for Free by Berkeley's Office of Emergency Services

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, June 14, 2006) - Due to popular demand, Berkeley Fire/Office of Emergency Services is offering a summer schedule of Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) classes. These free classes, open to everyone who lives or works in Berkeley, train participants to be ready before the next disaster. What better way to ensure your family and home will be safe, than to take free classes taught by professionals in your hometown?

Disaster First Aid, Saturday, July 8, 9:00-12:00,
997 Cedar Street 

Basic Personal  Preparedness, Saturday, July 29, 10:00-12:00
or 1:30-3:30, 997 Cedar Street

Disaster Mental Health, Saturday, August 5, 9:00-12:00,
997 Cedar Street

Light Search & Rescue, Saturday, August 12, 9:00-1:00,
997 Cedar Street

Fire Suppression, Saturday, August 26, 9:00-12:00,
Berkeley Marina 

One recent participant described the Light Search & Rescue class as “an excellent example of what city government can and should be.”

Find out how to prepare your family and help your neighbors before the next disaster. Register on-line at, by e-mail to, or by calling 510-981-5506. No one’s prepared until everyone’s prepared.