The Community Emergency Response Team (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.
What has Galveston County CERT been involved in this year?
Jan 12th - Area Search for missing woman
Feb 9th – Harris County CERT Rodeo – CERT Team Competition
Mar 12th – Staging Support, Firefighter Line of Duty Death
Apr 27th – 28th – Kemah Triathlon, force multiplier
April 19th – 21st – BP MS 150 Bike Ride – Breakpoint Controllers
May – Operation Storm Ready, Galveston County Hurricane full exercise
June – 2013 Houston/Galveston National Weather Workshop – Galveston County in charge of Greeters
July 4th Independence Day weekend – Operation Safe and Sound – Force multiplier
August 31 – Labor Day weekend – Operation Safe and Sound 2 – Force multiplier
Oct 26 - Community Garage Sale, Galveston County Parks and Senior Services - Community Outreach
Oct 26 - Wings over Texas Air Show - Community Outreach
Gave Presentations at numerous Galveston County Town hall meeting
Graduated 2 new CERT classes
Numerous training and recruitment activities
Nov 2 - Galveston County Health District POD (Point of Distribution) Exercise/Drill - Patients
Dates for an upcoming CERT Academy will be finalized soon. If you are interested in being part of that class, contact John Herrmann.
MS 150 Bike Ride - CERT Breakpoint Controllers Registration Informatin
The registration for the CERT Breakpoint Controllers for the 2014 BP MS-150 is currently underway.
This event is rapidly approaching and will be held on April 12-13, 2014.
We definitely would like to have you rejoin us and join in the fun.
This year all registration for the event is being done by a new process through the National MS Society website at http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/2014BP-CERTs.
This is a new link from any previous emails you may have received about the 2014 BP MS-150 and will take you directly to our CERT Volunteer Web page on the National MS Website.
When you get to the “2014 Breakpoint CERT“ web page, please scroll down until you get to the listing of current registrants.
Next you will click on the “Join Team” section just above Robert Reichardt’s name. This will open a new screen where you can start the registration process.
Please note the registration website was designed for volunteers for many different groups. Be sure to pick the 4th item down titled “Volunteer - Breakpoint CERT”. Please use the same user name and password that you have previously registered with. If you have never registered then simply register as a new user. If you previously have registered on the website, possibly for the 2013 ride, and do not remember your password then you can request your user name and reset your password by following the instructions.
Even if you think you have already registered for this year, please go look at this registration page http://main.nationalmssociety.org/goto/2014BP-CERTs and see if your name is listed. Some of the registrations from Dec 2013 did not show up.
Again, we apologize for this extra step but as I mentioned the NMSS has implemented this new system and we are still struggling with its implementation.
We are looking forward to having you back with us for the 2014 ride!
For questions about the registration process or status, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or contact:
2014 CERT Breakpoint Controller Volunteer Management Team/
BP MS 150 Bike Ride
Also contact either:
Wide Area Search and Rescue Training coming in January 2014. Keep your eyes open and don't let it get by you!