LETTER: Keep Emergency Preparedness Education by Electing Clancy, Hoober, and Larson

October 15, 2011

My husband and I completed a CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class presented by East County Fire and Rescue.  Since we have begun our family, we felt it was our duty as parents to always provide for our family no matter the circumstance, especially in a disaster, whether it be natural or man-made.

My husband and I have to speak up here. We say this because in essence, we are, at any time the captain of the ship “at home.” Personally, I want to feel I am able to care for my child(ren), no matter the circumstance.  For myself, once I completed the CERT class, I felt I was confident to safely encounter many of the challenges that may occur in the event of a disaster or emergency, no matter if my husband was home or I was “holding down the home front.”   My husband and I now feel we may be an integral part of helping our community in a time of need, should the need arise.  This class was amazing and entertaining.  We addressed basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, how to organize a good team to help others in our neighborhood and disaster medical operations.

Community education is an important part of emergency preparedness.  Let’s all get prepared now!  If we prepare for many kinds of emergencies now, we won’t suffer the “Uh-oh” effects later.  Even if you choose not to take this course, please re-elect Commissioners Clancy, Hoober and Larson to keep CERT classes and other emergency preparedness efforts alive.  Let’s make sure we elect leaders in our community who choose to educate and enlighten us so we may protect our families in the future.

Brad and Karla Black

Washougal, WA