Galveston County Office of Emergency Management announced the next Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Academy to be held on Bolivar in April. This academy will be held at a location to be announced in the Crystal Beach area of the Bolivar Peninsula. 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.
The academy is a 24 hour course of instruction. The dates and times of this academy will be:
April 4, 5, 6 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm each night
Saturday, April 8th from 9am to 3pm
April 11, 12, 13 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm each night
Thursday night, April 13th is the Disaster Drill and Graduation.
You must attend all classes to complete and be eligible for graduation. Some absences can be made up during the academy, other absences may need to be made up in another academy. If you miss the 13th, you will have to make this day up in another academy in order to graduate.
We will be learning about team work, what CERT is, fire extinguishers, utilities safety, medical operations, light urban search and rescue, Incident Command System, terrorism and CERTs, and Psychology of the disaster. We also offer First aid and CPR classes to all who attend the academy free of cost but on different dates.
You will need to wear clothes that are comfortable and appropriate for doing skills that will require getting up and down on the ground. Please do no wear open toed shoes, boots are best but tennis shoes will do fine. We will provide you with protective equipment to wear for your safety. You are welcome to bring snacks or drinks, please bring them in a cooler or container marked with your name. There may not be vending machines in the building.
Please fill out the SURVEY (click) to be registered in the course. You may not receive any confirmation but if you complete the survey and submit it, you are registered!