Harris County Citizens Corp to Host Free CERT Trainings, Annual CERT Rodeo

Harris County Citizens Corp to Host Free CERT Trainings, Annual CERT Rodeo

February 11 2023

When a disaster happens, you may be the first person to witness the emergency! Do you know how to check if you and your family are safe? What do you do until first responders arrive?

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training allows you to learn emergency preparedness and response skills, as well as access to a network of neighbors leading the effort to keep your community safe. Brought to you by the Harris County Citizen's Corp, trainings are offered online through FEMA and in person classes throughout Harris County. Find more information on all the trainings available by visiting https://bit.ly/CERTtrainings.

(Source: Harris County Citizens Corp)

On Saturday, February 18, the Harris County Citizens Corp will host their 17th annual CERT Rodeo at the Harris County Fire and Sheriff’s Training Academy, located at 2318 Atascocita Road in Humble, TX. From 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM, local and statewide teams and individuals who have graduated from an approved CERT Training will have the opportunity to practice and reinforce the skills learned in the 8-week CERT Training, including cribbing, medical operations, fire suppression, search and rescue, incident command and scene size-up.

Harris County Citizens Corp CERT Rodeo (Source: Harris County Citizens Corp)

Registration is now open. Please visit this website for more information about the event, including registration forms, ways to volunteer, check-in procedure and more.

About CERT

Community Emergency Response Team training is a Federal Emergency Management Agency program that educates citizens about the hazards they face in their community and trains them in lifesaving skills. If needed following a disaster, these citizen-responders use their training as part of a neighborhood or workplace team to help others when professional responders are overwhelmed or not immediately available. CERT members provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources when they arrive. 

CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference.CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.

About Harris County Citizens Corp

Since Tropical Storm Allison, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Ike, the people of Harris County have acted with courage, compassion, and unity. To capture the spirit of service we have encouraged residents to dedicate at least two years of their lives—the equivalent of 4,000 hours—in service to others. The Harris County Citizen Corps Council coordinates with volunteer groups such as the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, the United Way, and Citizen Corps programs to identify volunteer opportunities. The Citizen Corps programs include the Community Emergency Response Team, the Neighborhood Watch Program, Volunteers in Police Service, Fire Corps and the Medical Reserve Corps.    

Harris County Citizen Corps (HCCC) is committed to creating opportunities for people to volunteer to help our community prepare for and respond to emergencies. The primary goal is to have all citizens participate in making neighborhoods safer by providing them the tools and training needed for preventing and handling threats of terrorism, crime, and disasters of all kinds.  

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