We now have at least 5 people in the Bridgeton area who have completed [NET] Neighborhood Emergency Training. [Called CERT in other places.]
The 8 weeks of classes were jammed packed with info as well as a final exercise. The classes often included hands-on training like carrying people, traige, checking for injuries, etc.
The final exercise consisted of practicing realistic triage [thanks to many great "injured" volunteers], using fire extinguishers to put out a real [but controlled] fire , getting "people" out of rubble, and searching a "damaged" building.
I was physically and emotionally drained by the end of the exercise....but glad I went through the course as I now have a much better idea of what to expect in any kind of emergency and how best to handle it - even with limited experience.
BUT - I plan on taking part in the many preparedness exercises that happen so that we can get more and more practice at doing what we just learned..
If you are interested in doing the NET training - you can go to the website and register for the Fall course. You must be at least 14 and live or work in Portland. http://www.pdxprepared.net