Naples Island Community Responders

Emergencies happen.

And in the event of an earthquake, Naples's more than 4,000 residents can be at risk if the three bridges connecting the island to the mainland were compromised, making it difficult for first responders to attend to medical emergencies or fires.

That's why the city and the Long Beach Fire Department stepped in to create a plan of action, just in case — but it's going to take a community to make it work.

On Wednesday, June 26, community organizers and the LBFD will be hosting the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) first block captain training to teach Naples residents about taking action in the event of an emergency. The training will cover fire suppression, pet care, child, senior and special need care, water rescue, emergency medical care and more.

That's all happening at the Long Beach Yacht Club, 6201 Appian Way, from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday.

The training is intended to empower Naples residents to fend for themselves and their community during a disaster until first responders can make it onto the island.

For more information, or to sign up as a community responder, go to naplesisland.org/cert.

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