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King City CERT prepares for emergencies

Community Emergency Response Team works on communitywide campaign
by: Barbara Sherman DON’T LEAVE SAFETY TO CHANCE — King City Community Emergency Response Team members Bev Speck (left) and Marie Vander Weele talk to Bob Morrow on July 15 about being prepared for any emergency that may occur.

King City residents should not be surprised if they answer a knock on their door, and a member of the King City Community Emergency Response Team, wearing a chartreuse green vest, is standing there.

CERT members plan to knock on every door in King City to encourage residents to be prepared for an emergency, and they also plan to generate a list of residents needing special assistance, such as those in wheelchairs or on oxygen.

According to CERT member Bev Speck, the team visited with residents three years ago, but at that time many people had not heard of CERT.

"The response this year has been very gratifying," Speck said. "The residents recognize the group and welcome us into their homes to discuss being prepared."

King City Police Chief Chuck Fessler formed CERT in February 2006, and Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue provided training for the people who signed up.

New training classes will begin in the fall, and application forms are available at King City City Hall.