Big Bear Lake, CA, March 19, 2012, noon – The Big Bear Valley Community Emergency Response Team (BBV-CERT) will have its first meeting of the year on Monday, March 26, 2011. The meeting will start at 6:30pm at the Bear Valley Senior Center in Big Bear Lake. The training will be reviewing how the Big Bear Valley is divided into four Divisions, and within each of the Divisions are neighborhood teams. Attendance is open to all CERT members and any Big Bear Valley residents interested in learning more about CERT and its activities. All members will receive a CERT manual on a CD with all the Big Bear Valley CERT information and forms. The Big Bear Valley Community Emergency Response Team is a community based group of volunteers that in times of disaster are prepared to respond to emergency situations in the Big Bear valley, fanning out in their neighborhoods, assessing damage, shutting of any potential gas or water leaks, and assisting with emergency services. CERT members can give critical support to first responders, and provide immediate assistance to victims. The next CERT training class is scheduled for the week of April 2, 2012. To register call the Big Bear City Fire Department at 585-2362.