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.
Thanks to our volunteers who helped in the Search for the missing swimmer on the Beaches of Galveston on Friday, May 29!
We have a new CERT Academy starting on August 14
The dates of the new academy will be:
August 14, Friday, from 6 pm - 10 pm
August 15, Saturday, from 8 am - 5 pm
August 16, Sunday, from 2 pm - 6 pm
August 21, Friday, from 6 pm - 10 pm
August 22, Saturday, from 8 am - 4 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 August 22 from 12:30 - 4 pm. Location TBA.
Galveston County CERT will be on Active Deployment for Operation Safe and Sound on the 4th of July weekend. We will be patrolling the San Louis Pass as we did on Memorial Day weekend. Please go here to sign up.
CERT will participate in the Friendswood 4th of July Parade in the morning, and the City of Galveston Parade in the evening of the 4th of July!
Sign up to be in the Friendswood Parade
Sign up to be in the Galveston City Parade
|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