For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Gil Dong, Assistant Fire Chief , (510) 981-5502

Are You and Your Family Prepared for the Next Disaster?

Berkeley, California (Monday, January 09, 2006) - Are you and your family prepared to survive the next disaster?  Berkeley’s Office of Emergency Services offers several free classes to anyone who lives or works in Berkeley:

Basic Personal Preparedness – March 4, 10:00-12:00 and then again from 1:30-3:30, 1953 Hopkins Street (in the Fellowship Hall of the Epworth United Methodist Church). Learn the five critical steps you can take now to prepare (make a plan, arrange for a long distance phone contact, prepare an emergency supplies kit, prepare your home, and know your neighbors/co-workers).

Light Search and Rescue – Saturday, March 11, 9:00-1:00, 997 Cedar Street.  Learn how to identify signs of structural damage, search for victims, apply basic rescue techniques, and remove heavy objects from trapped victims.

Disaster First Aid – Saturday, March 25, 9:00-12:00, 997 Cedar Street. Learn how to apply basic first aid techniques, give initial care to the seriously injured, and stabilize victims until other services are available.

To register, or for more information, call 510-981-5506. You can also register on-line at