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Berkeley, California (Tuesday, January 05, 2016) - Residents of south and west Berkeley are encouraged to sign up for free public health workshops that focus on emergency preparedness.  

We just lived through an outbreak of the measles. Scientists say that another earthquake is inevitable. It is valuable for us to recognize the vulnerabilities within our community, some of which are public health focused, and acquire the information to aid in our preparedness for a multitude of emergency scenarios. 

By participating in the free Community Preparedness & Engagement Program workshops, Berkeley residents are empowered to take on some responsibility for disaster preparation and response. Community members will gain leadership skills and will understand the importance of a coordinated community response to disaster. Ultimately, by being prepared, we predict less disruption of day-to-day activity during an emergency among vulnerable populations.  

The Community Preparedness & Engagement Program has six modules that we deliver to program participants:  

Why Prepare? - What is a disaster and emergency? Learn what they are and how to prepare for these threats in Berkeley.

Prepare With Your Community-   Learn how to organize your community before and during a disaster, so everyone knows how they can help.

Create a Family Plan - Create a plan with family, friends and neighbors to make it easier to reconnect after a disaster or emergency.

Build an Emergency Kit - Find out how to build an emergency kit that has life-saving supplies.

Disaster First Aid - Perform basic first aid that may be necessary after a disaster or emergency.

Coping After a Disaster - Discover ways to support each other following the stress and shock of a disaster or emergency. 

CPEP can also help you and your neighbors develop emergency starter kits and deliver disaster preparedness information & education tailored to the needs of your community. 

The workshops are focused on south and west Berkeley because those areas have historically received less emergency preparedness education and supplies. Data showed that much of the emergency preparedness information and resources was going to north Berkeley and to the hills, a particularly small demographic of the population.  

In the past, workshops have been held at various locations throughout Berkeley. We take our show on the road to visit groups and organizations that already have regularly scheduled meetings. We will shortly begin having regularly scheduled monthly meetings for residents who would like to drop in. These workshops are for groups. When individuals request to participate, we usually schedule them together in groups of at least five people.  

For more information, please visit CPEP's website. If you'd like to inquire about scheduling a workshop or have any other questions, please contact Lincoln Casimere at (510) 981-5308 or lcasimere@cityofberkeley.info.


The Community Preparedness & Engagement Program (CPEP) network, led by the City of Berkeley Public Health Division in collaboration with the City of Berkeley Fire Department & Office of Emergency Services (OES), includes: Alameda County Public Health Emergency Preparedness; Easy Does It Emergency Services; City of Berkeley Black Infant Health Program; City of Berkeley Parks & Recreation; YMCA Headstart & YMCA of the Central Bay Area; Berkeley Unified School District; Lifelong Medical; Berkeley Youth Alternatives.  


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