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.
Up Coming Training Classes
We will have an Advanced First Aid class on March 7, 2015 at the OEM building's 2nd floor classroom. Class will begin at 8 am and end before 3 pm. We will provide a pizza lunch for those attending. This class will cover medical emergencies such as heart attack and stroke, as well as injury management along with bandaging and splinting. Patient packaging and moving will be discussed and practiced as well. This is a fun and informative class that is free of charge and open to anyone in the community, so go to gcoem.org and sign up!
We will also be having an American Heart Association Heartsaver course on March 10, 2015 in the second floor classroom of the OEM building. Class will begin at 6 pm and will be over by 10 pm. This class is free of charge and for anyone in the community that wants to learn CPR. Please go to the gcoem.org website and sign up under the surveys tab.
MS 150 CERT Breakpoint Controllers
CERT members are needed for the MS 150 bike ride to Austin to raise money for MS again this year. CERT members have had a great time in the past helping to make this ride a safe and successful fund raising event for MS.
All CERT volunteers must register with the MS 150 group directly by going to their website and clicking the register button. You can follow this link to get to the website.
Once you have signed up with the MS 150 group, please go here to sign up to volunteer with the Galveston County CERT group that will be attending the ride.
The MS 150 is on Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19, 2015! More information to come soon.
Galveston County CERT Academy 2015-2
GC CERT will hold our second CERT Academy of the year starting April 24th. Check back for the sign up!
Dates for this Academy Are:
April 24th 6 - 10PM
April 25th 8AM - 4PM
April 26th 2PM - 6PM
May 1 6 - 10PM
May 2 8:30 - 11:30AM (Skill Practice)
1 - 4PM (Disaster Drill)
|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.
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