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.
HFD's "Operation: Stocking Stuffer"
Date and Time of Event
Toy Drive Sorting Days
Thursday, December 15, 2016
Friday, December 16, 2016
Monday, December 19, 2016
Tuesday, December 20, 2016
AM: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
PM: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
All Day: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
The Great Toy Giveaway Day
Wednesday, December 21, 2016, 5:30 am - 3:30 pm or until the last toy is gone!
Report time: 5:15 am
The Houston Fire Department, Prosperity Bank, KPRC Channel 2 and PODS want you to be part of the Operation: Stocking Stuffer 2016 Toy Drive! 50 CERT volunteers are needed per day to sort toys (Dec. 15, 16, 19 & 20) and to assist with the Giveaway (Dec. 21).
If you are assisting at the Toy Giveaway on Wednesday, Dec. 21, you are required to attend the Volunteer Orientation on Tuesday, December 20 at noon. This will be a great chance for you to receive your assignment and to review the giveaway policies and procedures.
New Light Christian Church, 7317 E. Houston Rd., Houston, TX 77028.
-Wear your CERT vest, CERT ID badge and closed toe shoes.
-Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily for volunteers (depending on which shift you are working).
-There will be plenty of bottled water available.
-This is a labor-intensive assignment. Wear clothes that can get dirty.
-CERT volunteers report to Captain Homero Ponce-Lopez, whose contact information is listed below.
Registration & Contact Information
Sign up to volunteer at the following link: https://www.piersystem.com/go/survey/2747/26646 For further information contact: Capt. Homero Ponce-Lopez, City of Houston CERT Coordinator & HFD (Ret.) at: Homero.Ponce-Lopez@houstontx.gov
Help Us Fill Pantries At The Ronald McDonald House
In 2009 the members of the Sheriff’s Office, Citizen Sheriff’s Academy Alumni Association and the Tropical Impression Racing youth outreach program came together to assist this tremendous organization. Since that year we have filled the pantries of the Ronald McDonald House with simple contributions of simple and inexpensive items that we all use every day.
Sheriff Trochesset has given approval for us to continue this endeavor for 2016. Please forward this to your family and friends. If you cannot make the Holiday event on December 15th, but you have items collected we will gladly arrange to pick them up. We will be collecting can goods, dry foods, cereals, paper products, cleaning products and toilet articles. Please remember, if you use it, they use it! NOTE: They also greatly appreciate the hotel soaps and shampoo type items as well. We will have a collection site set up at the Skills building at the Sheriff’s Office on 54th St. in Galveston on December 15thth.
If you wish to make a cash donation or gift card we will coordinate with the Ronald McDonald House to purchase additional items needed.
Lt. Tommy Hansen
Cell 409 682-0487