Earthquakes and hurricanes in the East. Fires in Texas.
No matter where you turn, Mother Nature is putting police and fire departments to the test.
If a major disaster struck Southern California, would you know what to do?
The Newport Beach Fire Department is offering disaster preparedness classes twice a week on weekdays or on a Saturday-only schedule.
Starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 22, Newport will start its Tuesday-Thursday Community Emergency Response Team classes that teach students everything from search-and-rescue and disaster psychology to CPR and how to put out a fire. The classes last about two hours and conclude with a full-blown emergency drill Oct. 29.