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Community Emergency Response Team

 The CERT Program educates citizens about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. All citizens are encouraged to take the CERT training.  There is no requirement to join the active CERT team.  Our philisophy is that a trained citizen is a better prepared citizen.

Big Crawfish Boil Fundraiser!


CERT is helping to raise money for several veteran's charitible organizations as well as money for our 501(c)(3) organization that has been buying trailers and supplies for our growing organization!

We will controll the parking lot operations at this event and we need YOU! The event is on Saturday, April 1st, and we will have 2 shifts. We need our members to come out and make this a successfull event. See the calendar and go to the survey to sign up!

Advanced First Aid Class

Want to know what to do to help someone who is suddenly ill or injured? This is the class that you need! There is no prerequisites, and the class is free to all in Galveston County.

Class is Saturday, March 25th, from 8 am - 3 pm at the OEM 2nd floor classroom. Please click here to go to sign up page!


Next CERT Academy is in April on Bolivar Penninsula

The academy is a 24 hour course of instruction, and you must attend all class time to complete and be eligible for graduation. Some absences can be made up during the academy, other absences may need to be made up in another academy. The dates and times of this academy will be April 4,5,6 from 6:30pm-9:30pm each night. Then on Saturday, April 8th from 9am-3pm. Then April 11, 12, 13 from 6:30pm-9:30pm each night, Thursday night (April 13th) is the Disaster Drill and Graduation, if you miss on the 13th you will have to make this day up in another academy in order to graduate.

You can go here to sign up! Location of the class is too be determined.

BP MS150 Bike Ride Needs You!

Well it is here the BP MS150 bike ride, April 29th and 30th. We are having an information and training on March 15th at the Galveston OEM building at 7 to 8pm. Please plan on attending we need 10 to 15 CERT members to make this another successful year. I also need you all to sign up at the CERTMS150.ORG if you have not already done so. Then if you can email your shirt size before the meeting, Tony will bring them to the meeting. Please spread the word, you can volunteer for one or two days, all housing and transportation is paid by BP MS150. See you then.

HAM Classes


Recurring HAM Meetings
- 2nd Thursday
  Tidelands Amateur Radio Society, Inc.
- 3rd Thursday
  Clear Lake Amateur Radio Club
- 4th Thursday
  Galveston County Emergency Communications Group 

 If you would like to be notified of future CERT Academies please follow this link and complete the form so we have your information and we will contact you about future CERT Academies.

  Sign up here if you are interested.


If you think you are ready to take the CERT training but want to know more, start here!

Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams", IS-317, is an independent study course that serves as an introduction to CERT for those waiting to complete training or as a refresher for current team members. It has six modules with topics that include an Introduction to CERT, Fire Safety, Hazardous Material and Terrorist Incidents, Disaster Medical Operations, and Search and Rescue. It takes between six and eight hours to complete the course. Those who successfully finish it will receive a certificate of completion.

IS-317 can be taken by anyone interested in CERT. However, to become a CERT volunteer, one must complete the classroom training offered by the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management.

Start taking the course