The time to prepare is now. It’s too late to seek training when you find yourself face to face with a disaster.

Unfortunately, no one knows when a disaster will strike. This is why Victoria emergency response agencies have partnered to help residents become more prepared.

VictoriaREADY is a free six-week program that addresses the most common threats in our area as well as many other topics of concern.

Classes will consist of:

• Disaster/Hurricane Preparedness and Terrorism Awareness - presented by Victoria Emergency Management

• Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events and Personal Safety/Home Security - presented by Victoria Police Department

• Hands-Only CPR and Stop the Bleed/Tourniquet Training - presented by the Victoria Fire Department

• Firearm Safety/Legalities, Identity Theft and Border Security Information - presented by the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office

• Disaster Psychology - presented by Gulf Bend Center

• P.A.S.S. and Fire Extinguisher Safety - presented by the Victoria County Fire Department

Completion of this course will satisfy all requirements for graduates to participate in Victoria’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Classes are held one day per week beginning July 23. For more information, contact John Turner with the Victoria Police Department at 361-485-3811 jtturner@victoriatx.org or Jena West with the Victoria Office of Emergency Management at 580-5770 jwest@vctx.org.

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