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San Juan Capistrano’s Community Emergency Response Team Now Accepting Applications

Are you prepared in the event of an emergency?  Residents of San Juan Capistrano might consider joining the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).  Details are below, courtesy of the City of San Juan Capistrano:

Community members interested in learning how to be more prepared in the event of an emergency or natural disaster can take advantage of a beneficial program the City proudly offers.

Applications are now available for San Juan Capistrano’s next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program that kicks off February 19. During the free seven-week course, participants learn about disaster preparedness; fire suppression; disaster medical operations; light search & rescue; disaster psychology; team organization; terrorism; and disaster simulation. Members receive about 20 hours of initial training.

The program’s benefits are endless: it increases disaster readiness, provides emergency skills that people can use in day-to-day emergencies, enhances the bond between government and community and increases community spirit.

The program is free for San Juan Capistrano residents and businesses; $25 for non-residents. Sign up fast, as seating is limited to 30.

Michael Cantor, the City’s Emergency Services Manager, heads up the program, which is held on consecutive Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. and one Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information, a class schedule and application, contact Michael Cantor at 949-234-4565 or

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