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September 2023 

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The September 2023 edition of Our Renton


Prepare for the unexpected

By Michelle Theurer

Emergencies can strike without warning: when you're walking your dog, buying groceries, fixing your car, or strolling with loved ones in the park. They come unexpectedly and inconveniently.

Renton is susceptible to various degrees of natural emergencies, including earthquakes, flooding, snow, and extreme heat. Some emergencies, such as a sprained ankle or injured shoulder, can be minor.

You might ask, "How can I be ready if I don't know when the unexpected will occur?” The answer: education.

Basic emergency preparedness skills can protect yourself and your loved ones during uncertainty.

Here's how you can learn these skills:

Take a class

The city's Emergency Management Division hosts a variety of classes through partnerships with Renton Technical College, Renton Regional Fire Authority, Renton Police Department, and others.

This fall, emergency management hosts one of the most important classes of the year: Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

CERT trainings were started in 1985 by the Los Angeles Fire Department and spread throughout the nation. These classes show attendees how to prepare their homes for disasters and respond to neighborhood emergencies.

Topics include personal preparedness, first aid, fire suppression, search and rescue, terrorism response, and team organization. The CERT class meets every Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. from September 21 to November 4 at Renton Regional Fire Authority Fire Station 14. There is no charge. Ages 18 and older. Register at rentonwa.gov/register. In-person registration is available at Renton Community Center.

Throughout the year, general preparedness classes are also available. Register for those online using the keyword "emergency”.

Teach yourself

Many websites demonstrate basic preparations and response skills:

Get Involved

Join a local volunteer group, such as RECS (Renton Emergency Communication Service). Or form your own neighborhood CERT Team after completing the class.

Remember, preparation can lessen any disaster's impact on you and your community.

Michelle Theurer is the City of Renton's Emergency Management Coordinator.

September is Ready in Renton Month, the ideal time to prepare your family for upcoming severe weather. Find more information on classes, emergency alert systems, and tips to be ready at rentonwa.gov/em.


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