Preparedness Academy

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Disaster First Aid


Learn skills and get hands-on experience in how to perform immediate triage, and use disaster first aid following an event. A First Aid Certificate is awarded, no CPR unless indicated at registration. Recommend taking CPR before this class. All classes are on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Upcoming Dates:
  • April 22, Pierce County EOC, 2501 So. 35th St., Tacoma
  • June 10, Buckley Fire & Rescue, 611 Division St., Buckley
  • October 28, Gig Harbor (Location TBD)
  • November 4, Bonney Lake (Location TBD)
  • November 18, Puyallup (LocationTBD)
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Psychological First Aid


People's reactions to crisis vary. Learn which reactions are harmful and how some are actually beneficial. Take away some important tools you can use to connect with affected people and provide immediate emotional support following an emergency. Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Upcoming Dates:
  • May 23, Tues. Puyallup Library
  • Sept 12, Tues. University Place
  • October 10, Tues. Gig Harbor
  • November 7, Tuesday, Fire Station 94, 23014 70th Ave East, Graham
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Communications - Radio 


Understand the basics of using radio communications in a disaster and get hands-on practice with others in the group. This is a great way to get comfortable using the “walkie-talkie” style of communication in a disaster. Information on how to get a HAM license is included. Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Upcoming Dates:
  • October 26,Thurs. Gig Harbor
  • Sept 12, Tues. University Place
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Earthquake Retrofit 


Homeowners can take steps to reduce the earthquake hazard to their homes. Learn about home retrofitting as a mitigation process for protecting your house. Be ready for the Big One and learn about, home evaluation, permit process, proper bolt and plate installation and engineering solutions. Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Upcoming Dates:
  • May 17, Wed. Town Square,130, Mashell Ave N Eatonville
  • October TBD University Place