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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 philosophy is that a trained citizen is a bette
    r prepared citizen.

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CERT Volunteers for Extreme Weather Expo June 3rd

CERT Academy in June at Baycliff VFD

CERT Volunteers for Graduation Drill June 24

League City Hurricane Blowout May 13th

Operation Safe and Sound May 28 & 29

Lone Survivor's Frog Fest 2017 May 28 & 29

TDEM Hurricane Exercise June 7

Advanced First Aid Class June 17

AHA Heartsaver CPR Class June 28

Next CERT Academy will be in June at the Bacliff Fire Department

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 June 13,14,15,20,21, and 22 from 6:30pm-10pm each night. Then on Saturday, June 24th from 9am-Noon, is the Disaster Drill and Graduation, if you miss on the 24th you will have to make up in another academy. 

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


 Up Coming Events:

Operation Safe and Sound - This is where CERT members will patrol the San Luis Pass on the west end of Galveston Island and help prevent incidents during the holiday weekend

Lone Survivor's Frog Fest - this event is on Bolivar Peninsula and is a full weekend of Music and Festival Activities to benefit the Lone Survivor Foundation. CERTs will assist in the management of the crowds and safety issues.

TDEM Hurricane Exercise needs volunteers to go through the process of Evacuee Tracking Network processing. There is a site in Texas City and one in Galveston City.

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.

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