The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. The City of Encinitas encourages community members to learn more about the CERT program. Orientation, which will focus on disaster preparation, is set for April 8 at the Encinitas Community Center Room 142B from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Additional classes are held locally in Solana Beach and Rancho Santa Fe. Contact alewin@encinitasca.gov to register for the academy.