Volunteers become CERT members when they've completed class sessions taught by local emergency management and professional first responders. Classes include 20 hours of practical training and team-building exercises.
The previously scheduled April 2020 Training class
has been canceled.
Please check back for future training opportunities.
Until then, FEMA has some online training opportunities. Check them out at this link - https://training.fema.gov/is/courseoverview.aspx?code=IS-317
The Dallas CERT training program includes the following sessions:
Unit 1- Disaster Preparedness and Intro to Emergency Management
Unit 2- Fire Safety
Unit 3- Disaster Medical Operations - Triage and Treating Life Threatening Injuries
Unit 4- Disaster Medical Operations - Assessment, Treatment and Hygiene
Unit 5-Light Search and Rescue
Unit 6- Team Organization
Unit 7- Disaster Psychology
Unit 8- Terrorism and CERT
Unit 9- Final Disaster Exercise
The final session includes a disaster simulation to give volunteers the ability to apply their newly acquired skills in a simulated environment. CERT Graduates receive a certificate of completion, and a Dallas CERT t-shirt.
In addition, CERT volunteers are encourage to take continuing education classes to refresh and enhance skills. Since March 2007, CERT members have completed the following continuing education classes:
Ham Radio Operator's Technician Class
Incident Stress Management
Strategic National Stockpile (large-scale medicine and antidote distribution)
And several disaster exercises
For more information contact Cassandra Wallace via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via fax to 214-670-4677.
Additional Information & Training
If You Have a Volgistics Profile
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DPD Volunteer Application
Waiver of Liability
CERT Membership Levels
CERT Membership Levels
Tactical Radios Course
Tactical Radios PowerPoint
Tactical Radios PDF
Radio Training Materials
Dallas CERT Radio Operations Guide
Dallas CERT Radio Training Net Scenario
Dallas CERT Damage Assessment Form
ICS 309 Form
Radio Issue Form
Activity Log Page 1
Activity Log Additional Pages
Incident Briefing Page 1
Incident Briefing Page 2
Incident Cover Sheet
Medical Treatment Record Page 1
Medical Treatment Record Page 2
Operational Task Sheet
Personnel Sign In/Out Sheet
Task Status Sheet
Team Lead Assignments
Other Training Resources
North Central Texas Council of Governments
Texas Emergency Management
ARRL Precedence and Handling Instructions
FEMA NIMS: You can take additional IS related online courses here, such as IS-100.b, IS-200.b, and IS-700.a. These should be taken as part of the "advancements" training.
Harris County CERT Rodeo:
Harris County Rodeo Website
1st-2007 2nd-2008 3rd-2009 4th-2010 5th-2011 6th-2012 7th-2013 8th-2014
SKYWARN™ training is usually scheduled between January and March in preparation for tornado season. Details on upcoming classes can be found on the National Weather Service's page here.