Paso Robles to offer disaster-preparedness courses

The public is invited to participate in a series of disaster-preparedness classes beginning Sept. 28 in downtown Paso Robles designed to teach individuals how to help themselves and neighbors.

The cost is $40, which includes a student manual, helmet, gloves, vest and goggles.

The Paso Robles Department of Emergency Services is hosting the Community Emergency Response Team training courses at its Public Safety Center at 900 Park St.

Turning off utilities, basic firefighting skills, basic medical skills, hazardous materials awareness, light search and rescue techniques and self-reliance during times of emergency are among the topics.

The classes are planned for Wednesday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. from Sept. 28 to Oct. 19.

Pre-registration is required. Because of limited seating, North County residents will be given first consideration for registration, according to www.northslococert.org. To enroll, call Judy Bremer at 227-7560 or email jbremer@prcity.com.