Be Prepared for Future Disasters with Free Katy CERT Training

Be Prepared for Future Disasters with Free Katy CERT Training

December 29 2023

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program, renowned for its focus on disaster preparedness and response skills, will be hosted again for Katy Area residents next month. This essential training program, free of cost, is set to begin on February 12, 2024, and local residents are encouraged to be part of this transformative experience.

Born out of the Los Angeles City Fire Department's innovative thinking in 1985, the CERT program has grown into a nationwide initiative. The urgency of this program was highlighted by the Whittier Narrows earthquake of 1987, which demonstrated the devastating potential of natural disasters and the irreplaceable value of prepared citizens. Today, the program boasts over 2,700 local branches spread across all 50 states, including Harris County. In 2002, the Harris County Citizens Corp was established, making way for the CERT program to be offered to local residents.

The Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department is sponsoring this upcoming local CERT program, providing residents with an opportunity to make a difference in their community. The program extends over eight weeks, with 3-hour sessions held every Monday night at the ESD No. 48 Station #5 Administration Building on Morton Road. Participants will gain hands-on experience during a mock disaster exercise in the final week, putting into practice the plethora of skills they've acquired throughout the course.

The program covers essential disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and basic disaster medical operations. The training empowers residents to respond effectively and efficiently during emergencies, aiding in controlling bleeding, opening airways, treating shock victims, and even organizing spontaneous volunteer groups.

The CERT program is open to all residents aged 15 and above, with minors required to be accompanied by an adult. All participants will receive a manual and a starter backpack at no cost. To register, interested individuals can contact

Don't miss this opportunity to become a crucial part of Katy's readiness against disasters. By participating in the CERT program, you can ensure that our community stands resilient and prepared, no matter what challenges the future might hold.

By Tiffany Krenek, My Neighborhood News 
Tiffany Krenek has been on the My Neighborhood News team since August 2021. She is passionate about curating and sharing content that enriches the lives of our readers in a personal, meaningful way. A loving mother and wife, Tiffany and her family live in the West Houston/Cypress region.

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