To the Editor:

Keizer CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) will be holding their spring training class beginning Thursday, March 5, at 6:30 p.m. The classes will run eight weeks from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Community Room at the Keizer Fire Station, 661 Chemawa Rd. N.

The cost is $60 and will include training, a backpack, helmet, vest and various supplies.

Keizer CERT is a non-profit organization with the primary purpose of providing assistance to our community in the event of an emergency, man-made or natural disaster.  The CERT program is organized under FEMA, which provides the framework of training. We work closely with Keizer Fire District, Marion County Emergency Management, surrounding CERT teams, city of Keizer and other organizations. Our members come from all walks of life, from young adult to retired. No experience needed, just a willing spirit.

You may have seen our bright yellow CERT trailer out in the community. In 2014, we provided informational booths,  traffic control and /or medical assistance at the Keizer Iris Festival, RIVERfair, Brooks Steam Up, CycleCross, Oktoberfest, and worked with many other community groups. We also received training and provided support for our local firefighters in a “Burn to Learn” exercise, support at Keizer Fire Department’s open house, help with warming shelters, snow removal and numerous other community events.

Our fundraising to cover the on-going costs of classes, equipment, medical supplies and other necessities, come from donations, our community garage sale, and grants from the community. We wouldn’t be here to help our community in a disaster if it wasn’t for the generosity of our community donors. If you would like to sign up for our March training class, make a tax deductible contribution, or find out how you can contribute to the on-going mission of Keizer CERT, please see our website at www.KeizerCERT.org or call 503-910-3993.

Lori Shepard Lamb
Keizer