Chevron grant to boost emergency preparedness

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The City of Richmond Office of Emergency Service is offering local residents free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training beginning Aug. 28.

A $16,340 grant from Chevron Richmond that would help prepare Richmond residents for a crippling earthquake or storm is up for a vote at City Council on Tuesday.

City staffers recommend approval of the money, saying the funds would help expand the Richmond Community Emergency Respond Team (CERT) program. The program trains handfuls of citizens in every neighborhood of Richmond and San Pablo on how to respond to a major disaster.

“First responders are severely understaffed and will not be able to respond to the majority of our community in a disaster,” the city stated in its bid for the Chevron Richmond grant. “One of our biggest challenges is to train our community members to be self-sufficient with lifesaving skills and equipment to survive the next disaster.”

The money would fund courses for 200 people who will form 10 CERT teams. Those teams will be “strategically located throughout the cities” of Richmond and San Pablo.

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