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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.

Our CERT 2017 Kickoff Social will be on January 28th!

Please sign up to attend the 2017 Kickoff Social Dinner on Jan. 28th starting at 6:30 pm at the Barcenas Mexican Restaurant in the older Outlet Store Mall off of the Gulf Freeway. The address is 11013 Delaney Rd., in La Marque. You can go here to sign up!

Our Next CERT Academy will be in the North County

We will hold a CERT Academy starting on February 8th at the Office of Emergency Management. The dates and times are:

Wed. Feb. 8th, 6pm - 10 pm

Thurs. Feb. 9th, 6pm - 10 pm

Wed. Feb. 15th, 6pm - 10 pm

Thurs. Feb. 16th, 6pm - 10 pm

Sat. Feb. 18th, 8 am - 4 pm, Disaster Drill in Afternoon from 1pm - 3:30 pm, Graduation follows the Disaster Drill

You must complete all the hours for qualification to graduate. Some hours can be made up during the Academy, but you must attend the Sat., Feb. 18th date to Graduate.

You can go here to sign up!


Take the SkyWarn Class!

The National Weather Service (NWS) is offering a training course for aspiring storm spotters as part of the SKYWARN program January 4th from 6Pm to 830PM at the Galveston Police Departments Justice Center Located at 601 54th Street Galveston TX 77551. Dan Reilly, Warning Coordination Meteorologist for the National Weather Service Houston/Galveston, will be administering the class, which is free and open to the public

Those interested in attending the training course must pre-register with Rosana Pratt, TEM, at 409-765-3610 or by email at

Sign up to Join the GC CERT Rodeo Team!

The CERT Rodeo is February 11th. We need team members to join and represent us! We will have a skills day on Jan. 21st to practice and prepare! Go here to sign up!



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.

Start taking the course