By The Capistrano Dispatch

Applications are now available for the city’s Community Emergency Response Team program, which prepares citizens how to prepare for and respond to emergencies or natural disasters.

The 20-hour course will take place on two consecutive weekends, September 21 to 22 and September 27 to 28.

Through demonstrations and simulations, participants will learn how to prepare for disasters, fire suppression, disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, team organization and how to respond to terrorism.

The program is free for San Juan Capistrano residents and businesses and $25 for non-residents.

For more information, including an application, contact Michael Cantor, the city’s safety and emergency services manager, at 949.234.4565 or email

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