Katy Area CERT Celebrates New Graduates Equipped for Emergency Response
Photo: Katy Area CERT

Katy Area CERT Celebrates New Graduates Equipped for Emergency Response

May 14 2024

Recently, Katy Area CERT proudly celebrated their new graduates from the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. This intensive course, spanning over four weeks, equipped these graduates with a myriad of disaster response skills, enhancing both their preparedness and resilience in the face of emergencies and natural disasters.

The CERT program, originated from the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985, has now grown into a nationwide initiative with more than 2,700 local branches across all 50 states. Harris County became one of these branches in 2002 with the establishment of Harris County Citizens Corp, thereby offering local residents the opportunity to be a part of this transformative program, all free of charge for participants.

The recently concluded Katy Area CERT program was generously sponsored by the Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department. Over the four weeks, the program explored various aspects of disaster preparedness, ranging from Fire Suppression and Medical Operations to Terrorism Awareness and Disaster Simulation drills. Thanks to dedicated instructors such as Chief Trahan, Capt Vince Moreno, and Battalion Chief Barrera, among others, the training fostered a comprehensive understanding of these critical areas.

Chief Trahan with Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department leading a fire safety class
for the most recent round of Katy Area CERT graduates. (Source: Katy Area CERT)

The program also included a 'Stop the Bleed' class in their curriculum, offering hands-on experience in controlling bleeding, opening airways, treating shock victims, and even organizing spontaneous volunteer groups. This comprehensive training will surely serve these graduates well in emergencies, enabling them to respond swiftly and efficiently.

The final drill for this class was held on Monday, April 15, where participants had the opportunity to test their skills in a simulated disaster environment. Students from Katy ISD's Miller Career & Technology Center collaborated with the Harris County ESD Rehab Department to assist with the demonstration for Katy Area CERT participants.

This essential training program represents a significant milestone for disaster preparedness in the Katy Area. As the CERT program continues to grow, local residents will have additional opportunities to take part in this vital program.


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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