Goleta CERT Graduates
updated: May 29, 2014, 10:03 AM
Source: City of Goleta
Entire Goleta Family Completes Goleta's
Second Spanish Community Emergency Response Training
Another five people are now CERT-ified having completed the City of Goleta's second Spanish Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT) earlier this month. This class was unique in that an entire family - two
adults and their two high school students -- participated in the eight week course. Additionally, in an
effort to better simulate an actual disaster situation, the final disaster drill featured victims and participants
from both Spanish CERT and English CERT. During the drill, participants needed to develop strategies to
communicate with strangers who may or may not speak the same language. This presented a new
challenge for our Goleta CERTs and proved to be highly successful.
CERT training prepares community members to become educated in the area of emergency preparedness.
CERT participants are trained to serve as part of neighborhood or workplace response teams in the event of
a major disaster, when emergency services may not be available and when residents may have to rely on
each other for life-saving and life-sustaining needs.
"We are pleased to have had a number of Goleta residents complete this latest Spanish CERT course. Each
one of our graduates has now received important training in preparing for and responding to, major
disasters and assisting their families and neighbors," said Vyto Adomaitis, Director of Neighborhood
Services & Public Safety.
The City of Goleta will continue to look for opportunities to strengthen the partnership between the City
and its Spanish-speaking community members through future outreach and training.
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