San Francisco, CA -- Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Program, Region IX announced today that the Napa County Office of Emergency Services has been awarded a grant of $47, 638 to create a viable county wide emergency response-training program. Total project cost is $65,517.
"The goal of the program," said Regional Acting Director Karen Armes, "is to train 1200 county residents in the national Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) curriculum and hazard mitigation techniques for home and business. This training will allow residents to become peer advocates for mitigation and preparedness."
The classes will be taught by FEMA-trained CERT instructors from multiple jurisdictions.
In the event of a disaster, the pool of CERT volunteers would provide needed backup for first responders throughout the county. The CERT cadres are to serve as the nucleus of an integrated program of individual, family and community preparedness.
"The September 3, 2000 Napa earthquake demonstrated to the City and County of Napa that one of the largest components of damage was from avoidable losses in the residential and business community, said Dallas Jones, director, California Governor's Office of Emergency Services. "This grant from FEMA will enable us to get the message to residents and offer them the hands-on skills to perform non-structural hazard mitigation and emergency response which is crucial in preventing a recurrence of the damages we experienced in the Napa Earthquake of 2000."