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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.

Check out the College of the Mainland's New Emergency Management Certification and Degree Program! Click on the Documents tab above and then click on the folder for the program to see their new flyer!

Up coming events:

G-191 - ICS - EOC Interface

This course is being hosted by GC CERT for it's members and others in Texas Emergency Management. You must go to  to register for this course!

The goal of the course is to provide state and local emergency management officials with the knowledge and skills they need to operate an Emergency Operating Center (EOC) and interface it with an Incident Command System (ICS) field operation. The course provides an opportunity for participants to begin developing an ICS/EOC interface for their community. The course reviews ICS and EOC responsibilities and functions and depends heavily on exercise and group discussions to formulate the interface.
Target Audience: State and local personnel responsible for developing, staffing, managing and operating an EOC and coordinating EOC operations with a field command post.
Note: This course is part of the FEMA Advanced Practice Series (APS).  The APS curriculum provides "how to" training focused on skills needed for emergency operations and management.


 Galveston County CERT, with GC-OEM & GC-ECG, will have training on 27 August 2016 , in CERT Emergency Communications Module [ ] and additional instruction on Technician class technical information. Participants will be introduced to basic operations and hands-on radio operation procedure. Radios will the UHF handhelds used by GCCERT deployment. Other radios will be discussed. 145.53MHz.(S) will be used for demonstration on the amateur band (program accordingly).

    You have learned the Q&A’s, Now be introduced to what that all means.  This part will include basic Ohm’s Law, power calculations, types of modulation, modes of operation, basic antenna/coax/connector theory, & metric system. The academic and practical information covered will be an introduction and an opportunity to find where individual interest’ are what future modules can be developed. Please respond to     WB5BMB@ARRL.NET


 Location: 27 August 2016 8 AM to 5 PM, 2nd floor training room in the Emergency Management Facility 1353 W Fm 646, Dickinson Tx.


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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