The still-recent explosion affected everyone in San Bruno and beyond.
Naturally, in most cases, our first thought was about our loved ones, then about our 'stuff'. For most, our families, friends and neighbors were fine; perhaps without electricity and phone use, but all in all, safe.
Once we hunkered down, I began checking for water, canned goods, flashlights; all of the usual stuff we are warned to keep on hand "in case of an emergency."
Fast forward. Instead of wondering how or if I can help when another disaster hits, I took action. I enrolled in our community's CERT Program. I didn't realize how little I knew.
The instructors were engaging, professional, and knowledgeable in all aspects of disasters. Dena Gunning, Emergency Management Specialist, and our very own Firefighter, Scott Waldvogel guided us throughout the six-week session. Culminating with a hands-on test at the firehouse, and a hearty lasagna lunch. We were also joined by Mr. Rico Medina, Councilmember, who took part in presenting our class with a Certificate of Completion. Thank you.
Serve your community by being prepared to assist your family, and if necessary, your neighbors. You will feel more confident knowing that you will be of assistance instead of a hinderance during a disaster.
To learn more about the upcoming C.E.R.T. session, go to: www.citizencorps.gov/cc/showCert.do?id=45629