BEVERLY HILLS—Free emergency preparedness classes are being offered for local businesses this November.

The City’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is holding free workshops in November to educate businesses how to prepare and respond during major disasters. The classes are specially customized for the Beverly Hills business community to learn how to best protect its businesses and its employees from any kind of disaster.

The classes will be held on Monday, November 18 and Tuesday, November 19 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, located at 9876 Wilshire Blvd. The trainings contain seven modules led by emergency responders, emergency management personnel and trained volunteers. The modules include lectures, videos, slides, interactive participation and skills assessment, according to the CERT website.

The content of the training modules cover:

-Disaster Preparedness

-Fire Safety and Utility Controls

-Medical Operations Part I

-Medical Operations Part II

-Light Search and Rescue

-CERT Organization

-Disaster Psychology

-Terrorism and CERT

-Disaster Simulation

The city’s press release states that space is limited and encourages interested businesses to sign up as soon as possible by calling the Beverly Hills Fire Department at (310) 281-2703. For more information, visit theBeverly Hills CERT webpage, email or call (310) 281-2754.

The business disaster education classes are supported by the Beverly Hills Chamber of Commerce, Cedars Sinai Medical Center, the Brucker Foundation and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Participation in the program does not require previous emergency knowledge.

A free CERT class for residents will be held in spring 2014.