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People from all walks of life and groups such as Neighborhood Watch and neighborhood association members, faith-based groups, businesses and employees and those interested in law enforcement or who have medical training are encouraged to enroll in the O’Fallon Police Department’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) to learn disaster preparedness skills. You do not have to be an O’Fallon resident to take the free, 20-hour training, whichwill be taught on March 4, 5 and 6. It will cover these topics and more:

  • Assembling a disaster preparedness kit and learning when and how to shut off utilities at home
  • Hands-on basic head-to-toe medical assessment, diagnosing and treating airway obstruction, bleeding and shock with simple triage and rapid treatment techniques, basic first aid for injuries, burns, etc.
  • Working as a team to safely to conduct triage, light search and rescue, sizing up and extinguishing small fires, maintaining rescuer safety
  • Communicating effectively with public safety organizations during a disaster

“CERT training is extremely valuable because it helps people deal with home emergencies as well as large-scale disasters,” said Police Officer Patrick Helton, who is leading the training. “That’s why groups of all kinds and neighbors should take this training, because people will understand how to work together safely to help those who need it, if we have a tornado or an earthquake or other catastrophic event. If a major disaster should strike, first responders are likely to be overwhelmed by the number of people who need help. CERT training can help people take care of themselves until professional help arrives.”


If you’ve got outdated or broken electronics and appliances cluttering up your home, bring them on down to O’Fallon’s Electronics and Appliance Recycling Event on Saturday, February 6 from 8 a.m. to noon. The drop-off is free except for certain televisions (see the fee chart below) and open to everyone including schools, churches and businesses. To participate, bring your items to the T.R. Hughes Ballpark west-side parking lot, located at the corner of Tom Ginnever Ave. and T.R. Hughes Blvd., O’Fallon, Missouri 63366. Additional 2016 dates for the bi-monthly event areApril 9, June 18, August 13, October 8 and December 3.

Recycle almost any item with an electrical cord or that takes a battery, such as household appliances, water heaters, furnaces, air conditioners, microwaves, kitchen appliances, computers, computer monitors (including CRTs), printers, keyboards, laptops, hard drives, scanners, DVDs, cell phones, pagers, fax machines, answering machines, radios, stereos, speakers, VCRs, power tools, lawn and garden equipment (all yard equipment must have gas and oil removed). Please do NOT bring: smoke detectors, glass lamps, light bulbs, VHS tapes or alkaline batteries.


Sports Park will be transformed into a winter funland for Cabin Fever Daze on Saturday and Sunday, January 30-31, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. The park is located at 3589 Highway K (63368) in O’Fallon, Missouri 63368. www.ofallon.mo.us/cabin-fever-daze

The festival offers a mix of low-cost and free activities along with delicious food and beverages for sale. Admission and parking are free. Highlights include a $5 “Stay and Play All Day” wristband which entitles the wearer to tee up 18 holes of mini-golf, zing opponents in the Laser Tag Arena, harness up for Human Foosball and go for a roll in the park inside the inflatable see-though Human Sphere.


Help O’Fallon win the Elected Officials Bell Ringing Challenge

If you’d like to help the Salvation Army make a difference in people’s lives this Christmas, you can make a donation to the Salvation Army Red Kettle, which will be staffed by your favorite O'Fallon Elected Officials on Saturday, December 12th from 10:00 a.m.- 8 p.m. at the O'Fallon Walmart on Highway K.


For an exciting and memorable holiday night out with your family, come to the Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll in Fort Zumwalt Park on Tuesday, December 8, from 6 – 9 p.m. The cost is $3 for ages 3 and up, and free for younger children.

On this special night for pedestrians, only, carolers will fill the air with music as visitors walk through the Celebration of Lights display, with lights shining and holiday scenes throughout the park and. Santa will be receiving young visitors, vendors will be selling hot chocolate, cookies and holiday gifts, and, at 7:25 p.m., fireworks will burst over Lake Whetzel. Additional Old-Fashioned Holiday Stroll activities include: