On August 29, 2005, most of our eyes were fixed on our television sets as we watched Hurricane Katrina devastate New Orleans and other parts of the Gulf Coast. Up until then, few of us could have imagined the kind of loss that families affected by Hurricane Katrina would suffer. Yet, right now in the City of Pasadena, California Institute of Technology seismologists are researching ways to predict earthquakes in an effort to prepare us for a catastrophic earthquake. Knowing that a major earthquake or some other type of catastrophic event could strike our region, I feel a sense of urgency and responsibility to prepare the residents of my district for such an event. Fortunately for us, the Pasadena Fire Department offers free Pasadena Emergency Response Training (PERT) to residents of Pasadena and Altadena.
On May 16, 2009, my office will hold a district-wide PERT BOOT CAMP at John Muir High School. Emergency crews may not be able to respond immediately after a major disaster, so advance planning will help you and your neighbors remain self-sufficient for up to 72 hours. The PERT Boot Camp is designed to help neighborhood associations, Neighborhood Watch groups, nonprofits, churches and school groups organize their resources and logistics before a disaster hits. During this free session, you'll work as a group to learn disaster preparedness, emergency medical care, fire suppression, and light search and rescue. You'll also walk through a simulated disaster.
Each participant will receive complimentary breakfast and lunch plus a PERT backpack stocked with emergency equipment.
Registration is limited. The Deadline to register is Tuesday, May 5th 5:00 p.m.
You must register as one of the groups listed above or join an established group.
All participants must be at least 11 years of age or older. Wear comfortable clothes and closed toed shoes.
For more information contact my office at 626.744.4444.