Managed by FEMA, the CERT Program trains ordinary citizens in how to help themselves and their neighbors in the event of disasters. In addition, because of the training that CERT Volunteers undergo, they are often called upon to assist in organized disaster response as well. The Houston CERT Program is a part of the Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security and part of the Harris County Citizens Corps.
CERT volunteers give back and assist with public events including Extreme Weather Ready Expo, BP MS 150 and other agency safety events. CERT volunteers also serve on planning and hospitality committees for future training events.
CERT volunteers also sharpen their skills at opportunities like the annual Harris County CERT Rodeo with other CERT teams from the great state of Texas.
1. Present citizens with the facts about what to expect following a major disaster in terms of immediate services.
2. Give citizens the message about their responsibility for mitigation and preparedness.
3. Train citizens in needed life-saving skills with emphasis on decision-making skills, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number.
4. Organize teams so that they are an extension of first responder services offering immediate help to victims until professional services arrive.
>Gives residents responsibility and personal control
>Brings together volunteers and first responders
>Demonstrates individual leadership and personal commitment for the safety of the community
>Builds community pride and patriotism
>Prepares you for the vital role of caring for others and ourselves in times of crisis
>Teaches how you can protect yourself, your family, and help your neighborhood