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.
Emergency Phone Bank Operators Course
Sign up to be part of the Emergency Phone Bank Specialist Group by taking the course offered at the OEM 3rd Floor Classroom on February 23rd from 6:30 pm til 10 pm. This class is led by Charlene Warren, Emergency Management Coordinator for City of LaMarque. Clas size is limited, so sign up early. Go here to sign up!
American Heart Association Heartsaver Course
We are offering a CPR class for anyone in the community!
Please go here to sign up for the class. Class is on Tuesday, February 28th from 6 pm - 10 pm at the OEM 2nd floor classroom.
Class is open to anyone 12 years and older, and is free to all!
Advanced First Aid Class
Wnat to know what to do to help someone who is suddenly ill or injured? This is the class that you need! There is no prerequisites, and the class is free to all in Galveston County.
Class is Saturday, March 25th, from 8 am - 3 pm at the OEM 2nd floor classroom. Please click here to go to sign up page!
Next CERT Academy is in April on Bolivar Penninsula
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 April 4,5,6 from 6:30pm-9:30pm each night. Then on Saturday, April 8th from 9am-3pm. Then April 11, 12, 13 from 6:30pm-9:30pm each night, Thursday night (April 13th) is the Disaster Drill and Graduation, if you miss on the 13th you will have to make this day up in another academy in order to graduate.
You can go here to sign up! Location of the class is too be determined.
|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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