Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
During a natural or man-made disaster, CERT teams assist emergency response teams in doing damage assessment, accounting for residents and securing quick, accessible routes into their neighborhood. They are trained to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours without additional resources.
The Basic CERT class prepares you by instruction in 9 modules:
Unit 1: Disaster Preparedness
Unit 2: Fire Safety
Unit 3: Disaster Medical Operations, Part I
Unit 4: Disaster Medical Operations, Part II
Unit 5: Light Search and Rescue Operations
Unit 6: CERT Organization
Unit 7: Disaster Psychology
Unit 8: Terrorism and CERT
Unit 9: Course Review and Disaster Simulation
The approximate length of the class is 21 hours spread over two consecutive full day Saturdays.
Age Requirement: 18 unless you are a member of the Rowlett Explorer Post or take the class with a parent/guardian.
Rowlett, Sachse and Rockwall County are actively recruiting residents to be trained in of the CERT program which includes development and training of Neighborhood CERT teams to support our community. Once trained, CERT may be able to provide the following services to their neighborhood:
- Increase their neighborhood’s disaster readiness
- Perform triage and provide medical services to the injured
- Perform light search and rescue operations
- Extinguish small fires and teach fire safety.
- Assess damage after a disaster
For more information about general CERT programs, see FEMA's site at http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/
Rowlett and EastTex Regional CERT members are required to participate by attending a minimum of drills, meetings and other trainings to maintain active status with the program. Other CERT programs have similar membership requirements.
CERT Overview Video
CERT in Action Video