Community Emergency Response Training

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERTtraining 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 promotes a partnering between emergency management and response agencies and the people in the community that they serve. The goal is to train members of neighborhoods and workplaces in basic response skills. Then CERT teams are formed and maintained as part of the emergency response capability for their area.

If there is a natural or man-made event that overwhelms or delays the community's professional responders, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during their CERT training. These skills can help save and sustain lives until help arrives. CERT members also can volunteer for special projects that improve a community's preparedness.


The basic 24-hour CERT training for community groups is delivered in 3 hour sessions, one evening a week over an 8 week period. Through training, citizens will learn how to prepared for disaster emergencies, put out small fires, provide basic medical aid by treating the three killers in opening airways, control bleeding, and treating for shock; light search for and rescue victims safely; organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective, and disaster psychology.  A Terrorism Module is included to educate CERT members about CBRNE, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and High-yield Explosives agents.  The 8th week concludes with a mock disaster exercise where participants practice the skills they learned throughout the course.

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.

CERT information including a CERT Instructor Guide and Student Guide is located on the web at

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Tomball Area CERT Team training will be held at the Tomball FD Station 1 located at 1200 Rudel Road, Tomball, Texas, 77375 Training will be held Thursday evenings from 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. starting September 14,2017, and ending November 2,2017. To register and/or for more information, contact Angelina Fontenot at

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8 — Week CERT Training Includes:

  •  Disaster Preparedness Fire Suppression
  •  Medical Triage/Treatment Light Search & Rescue
  •  Disaster Psychology CERT Organization
  •  Terrorism Awareness Course Review/Disaster Simulation

 ***Tomball CERT Program includes a 9th Class – CPR Training***

 All Class Materials and Equipment are provided at No Charge to Attendees!