For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Gil Dong, Assistant Fire Chief, (510) 981-5506

City Seeks Disaster Preparedness Trainers

Berkeley, California (Wednesday, December 21, 2005) - Have you ever wanted to teach people to prepare for disasters? Come to the free “Train the Trainer” class sponsored by Berkeley’s Office of Emergency Services on Saturday morning, January 28, 10:00 -12:00, at the Fire Department Training Center, 997 Cedar Street.

Volunteers are sought to go to Berkeley neighborhoods and talk about what earthquakes are, what to do before (how to prepare) and during an earthquake, what types of supplies to have, and how people can organize themselves and their neighbors. Firefighter Sam Hoffman will go over in detail the five critical steps to prepare for an earthquake: have a plan, a long distance phone contact, supplies, a safe home/workplace, and know your neighbors/co-workers.

Before attending this class, it is suggested volunteers take the Basic Personal Preparedness class offered on Saturday, January 14, either at 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. at St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave. This two-hour class covers in detail the material needed for a 45-minute neighborhood talk.

Light refreshments will be served. To register for Trainer the Trainer, or for the Basic Personal Preparedness class, call 510-981-5506, e-mail, or register on-line at