A Nov. 6 event in Philomath will focus on emergency preparedness with an introduction to the Benton County CERT program. (Photo by Canva)

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office will host an emergency preparedness and introduction to the CERT program during a special Philomath event to run from 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, at Peace Lutheran Church. Everyone is welcome and the program is free.

Attendees can learn specifics on becoming a trained member of CERT — an acronym for Community Emergency Response Team. Those who become part of the program develop the skills needed to help family, neighbors and colleagues during a disaster.

CERT volunteers learn about disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect the county. Basic training occurs at an individual’s own pace in an online environment followed by an in-person skills check weekend event.

Topics include:

  • Wildfire and disaster preparedness.
  • Power outages and weather events.
  • CERT organization.
  • Disaster medical operations.
  • Fire safety.
  • Light search and rescue operations.
  • Disaster simulation.

For more information, email philomathnetwork@gmail.com or cert@bentoncountyor.gov.