GOLETA, Calif. - Dozens of agencies across Santa Barbara County participated in the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program this weekend.
Hosted by the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County, organizers say this year's training proved to be a success for participants.
The training session educated people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area.
The tree-day program also trained them in basic disaster response skills like fire safety, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations.
Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, organizers of the program said CERT members will be able to help others following an event when professional responders are not available to help.