September 1, 2014
RENO, NV - In the past year, we've seen here in Reno just how quick and devastating a natural disaster can be.
That's why Washoe County holds free emergency preparedness classes every other month. It's called the Citizen Corps program or CERT program. This week, it attracted 14 people who not only want to learn how to take care of themselves when disaster strikes, but their neighbors when they need help the most.
"In this area, we've got drought, we've got wildfire, we've got earthquakes, floods. We have so many different things here that could happen, and we want to make sure that not only are these folks prepared, but our whole community is prepared to the level that we'd like them to be," says Betsy Hambleton, coordinator for the Washoe County Citizen Corps.
In some of the recent emergencies, Washoe County used the help of those who have taken the class. For more information on the program, head here: