Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 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.
In 2009, the La Porte and Seabrook CERT teams joined together to form BayCERT. For more information on BayCERT, visit their website.
For more information about the CERT program, visit the Harris County Citizen Corps website. There are also photos available in our photo gallery so that you can get a feel for what a class usually looks like.