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The Emergency Management/Homeland Security Bureau of the City of Scottsdale offers training opportunities and presentations on Homeland Security and emergency/disaster preparedness issues.  Registration is required as space is limited. 

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Title: Ready Scottsdale Presentations
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Dates: Dec. 18; 2014 dates: Feb. 12, March 29, May 6, June 21, Sept. 20, Nov. 19, Dec. 13
Time: Various, see registration page for dates and times
Location: Arizona Room, Weitzman Public Safety Building; 8401 E. Indian School Road
Cost: Free
Event Description:

This presentation will discuss the need for preparedness and simple steps you can take to protect your family and loved ones in the event of an emergency.  Specifically, the seminars will discuss creating a disaster supply kit, making a family disaster plan, and a list of resources to help each member of the family protect themselves. 

Title: Community Emergency Response Training (CERT)
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Dates: CERT Class 14-01: Registration FULL
CERT Class 14-02: Oct. 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13 and 15 (Nov. 15 will be from 8-noon)
Time: 6:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Location: Tom Hontz Police and Fire Training Facility, 911 N. Stadem Drive, Tempe
Cost: Free
Event Description:

The CERT program trains the community in basic disaster prevention and response skills such as disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, search and rescue, organization and disaster psychology.


This six-week course culminates in a disaster simulation. Classes are hands-on, intensive, and designed to offer students decision making and practical skills needed to safely assist families, neighbors and coworkers in the event of an emergency or disaster.


CERT training is free, but pre-registration is mandatory as class size is limited.

Title: Skywarn Storm Spotter Class
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Dates: April 22, 2014
Time: 6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Scottsdale Civic Center Library, 3839 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, AZ 85251
Cost: Free
Event Description: This class teaches how to properly identify and report significant weather phenomena to the National Weather Service (NWS). Even with sophisticated technology like radar and sateliites, the NWS still needs ground truth information from trained weather spotters. Students learn about how thunderstorms work, how to identify cloud features associated with microbursts and tornadoes, visually estimate wind speeds, and how repots tie in to warnings and advisories issued by the NWS. In addition, students learn about all of the services available from the NWS.

The Skywarn Storm Spotter training is free, but pre-registration is required as class size is limited.

For more information, contact John Moede, Emergency Management Coordinator, at EMHS@ScottsdaleAZ.gov or call (480) 312-1832.