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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.

We have a new CERT Academy starting on November 10, on the west end of Galveston Island at Jamaica Beach City Hall Building

The dates of the new academy will be:

November 10, Tuesday, 6 pm - 10 pm

November 12, Thursday, 6 pm - 10 pm

November 17, Tuesday, 6 pm - 10 pm

November 18, Wednesday, 6 pm - 10 pm

November 19, Thursday, 6 pm - 10 pm

December 5, Saturday, 8 am - 2 pm

The academy is free of cost and you can go here to sign up!

or cut and paste the following address:

We will need volunteers from CERT to help with the graduation drill on December 5, from 11:30 - 2 pm. Location Jamaica Beach City Hall.

Please check the calendar for up coming events and trainings


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 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