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    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

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    Dallas CERT training emphasizes accountability for yourself, your family, and your community bystressing the importance of personal preparedness and accountability. Our CERT volunteer members are expected to have an awareness of their own neighborhoods, and to pre-determine possible evacuation sites that will facilitate effective, safe and rapid response ​to emergencies.​​

    The CERT program teaches our volunteer members about disaster preparedness for hazards that affect our area.  The program trains you in basic disaster response skills (fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations).


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    City of Dallas
    Community Emergency Response Team
    Conditional Training Class – 220819
    Online Computer Based Training

    Friday, August 19, 2022 
    6:00 pm – 8:00 pm                        Unit 1 Disaster Preparedness
    8:00 pm – 9:00 pm                        Unit 6 Fire Safety

    Saturday, August 20, 2022
    9:00 am – 11:00 am                     Unit 3 Disaster Medical Operations Part 1
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm                  Unit 4 Disaster Medical Operations Part 2

    Friday, August 26, 2022
    6:00 pm – 9:00 pm                        Unit 7 Light Search & Rescue
    Saturday, August 27, 2022
    9:00 am – 10:00 am                      Unit 2 CERT Organization
    10:00 am – 11:00 am                   Unit 5 Psychology
    11:00 am – 12:00 pm                   Unit 8 Terrorism

    This is computer-based training (CBT). It is strongly recommended the use of a computer or iPad for this class. The use of a smart phone is NOT sufficient.

    This class is a “Conditional” CERT Class. During this period when we cannot perform “hands-on” training this class will be Lecture Only. Then when CDC restrictions are lifted, we will offer a course of “Hands-On” training followed by a final exercise. You will then receive an unrestricted CERT G-317 diploma.

    Expect an email approximately one week prior to the beginning of class with the instructions to join the on-line class.

    *Please note the dates the modules are presented are subject to change and that ALL sessions must be completed to get a certificate – missed sessions may be made up at future CERT class offerings.*

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    During a major emergency, when first responders are unable to respond immediately, CERT team members:

    • Assume leadership roles and coordinate spontaneous volunteers.
    • Assess situations and properly brief emergency responders when they arrive.
    • Recognize the potential hazards associated with a particular type of event and take appropriate action.
    • Assist others with the emotional distress associated with major emergencies and disaster conditions.      
    • Administer first aid and/or triage casualties.

    CERT members have proven themselves nationally, to be an active and vital part of their communities' preparedness and response capability. For example, CERT members have been used to:

    • Build a network of trained citizens within neighborhoods, businesses​, and places of worship to assist with basic emergency response when emergencies or disaster strike.
    • Assist with evacuations and traffic control.
    • Promote community awareness of potential hazards and preparedness measures.
    • Supplement staffing at special events such as parades and public safety activities.
    • Portray victims in training exercises.
    With the assistance of the Dallas Police Department's Interactive Community Policing Unit and established Crime Watch, Homeowner's Associations, Civic and Church groups, the program has grown phenomenally since 2007.  Many CERT participants already belong to other community service or social organizations including Volunteers in Policing, Crime Watches, Neighborhood and Homeowner's Associations, NAACP, the Christian and Islamic Communities, and City of Dallas employees. 


    Hear from members why they joined CERT and what it means to them.

    Largely as a result of this advertisement through multi-media (TV, radio, newspaper, and social media) we have representatives from virtually every sector of Dallas enrolled in program. We anticipate continued success in training our citizens to take personal responsibility for themselves and their families, and to support their community during an emergency or disaster in the City of Dallas.​​