All fun and games aside, emergency preparedness is no laughing matter. Buddha’s Mom and I recently completed the City’s CERT Program, which educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Google CERT and see how you can volunteer!
There are bigger roles emerging for canines serving as canine comfort dogs during disasters.
Pictured is Murphy doing “Search and Rescue” and “cribbing”. He’s even more handsome in his emergency hard hat, right?
To find out about the American Red Cross and how you can help, go to http://www.redcross.org