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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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Operation Safe and Sound - Labor Day Weekend

Sept. CERT Academy in Jamaica Beach

 Up Coming Events:

 Operation Safe and Sound Labor Day Weekend

Please consider coming out and supporting our efforts to protect the visitors to San Luis Pass on Labor Day Weekend, September 2nd and 3rd. There is a morning shift and an evening shift on both days. This is a great event for CERT members to support the Galveston County Beach Patrol and to make a difference in the lives of the visitors to San Luis Pass! Go here to sign up!

Next CERT Academy will be in September at the Jamaica Beach Town Hall

The academy is in Jamaica Beach at the City Offices building and is a 24 hour course of instruction. After graduation from the academy you will be eligible to join the Galveston County CERT program. 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 September 15, 16, 17, 22, and 23rd. The Friday night classes will be from 6 pm - 10 pm, the Saturday classes will be from 8 am - 5 pm, and the Sunday class will be from 2 pm - 6 pm. September 23rd is the disaster drill and graduation ceremony in the afternoon. If you miss the class time on the 23nd, you will have to make up this time in a future academy.

You can 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.

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