The 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in California
If you have any doubts about our importance in times of emergency,
this will dispel them all.
"Studies show that the majority of people rescued are saved by
nonprofessionals who happen to be in the immediate vicinity. 49 of 50 people saved from the rubble of the 1989 Loma
Prieta earthquake in California were rescued by a group of 8 Mexican construction workers who have long since been
forgotten in the larger U.S. cultural narrative of the heroic efforts by trained, search-and-rescue
If this was done by people with no training, just think how much more we will be
able to do with our training.
I've said it before and I will say it again, "Remember, we are the ones that stand between
life and death when a disaster strikes."
The only way to be ready for a disaster is to take part in as many of the
trainings that are offered. Last Wednesday there was a training on triage at Boca Point and only four of us showed
up. It was given by Frank Corriggio.
Frank is an EMT and a member of the Boca Raton Fire Response Services
Department. We reviewed and practiced. There were only four of us there.
On October 30 we had a training on bandaging and splinting, only 6 of us were
Let me ask you all a question, if you were in a disaster and needed help, would
you be comfortable getting help from someone whose last training was a year or more ago? Someone who was not up on
the latest methods of saving lives? I know I would not.
We will be having more trainings and I hope to see more of you at them. Just
belonging to CERT does not make you qualified to do what will be expected of a CERT member in times of
Phil Ettinger: Team Leader