Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
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Dallas CERT training emphasizes accountability for yourself, your family, and your community by stressing the importance of personal preparedness and accountability. Our CERT volunteer members are expected to have an awareness of their 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).
Two classes have been added to the 2023 schedule, the first is an online Introduction to the Basic CERT course in March, and the second is an in-person full class in April. Please view the schedule below and sign up via the "Apply Now" button. More classes are expected. Please stay tuned or visit us at Twitter.com/DallasCERT.
During a major emergency, when first responders are unable to respond immediately, CERT team members:
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:
The Dallas CERT training program includes the following sessions:
The final session includes a disaster simulation to allow volunteers to apply their newly acquired skills in a simulated environment. CERT Graduates receive a certificate of completion.
We understand you want to take photos during trainings and activations for a variety of uses - including social media. Please read over our guidelines for photography available at this link - Photography Recommendations.
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:
Additional Information & Training
If You Have a Volgistics Profile
Contact the CERT Program Manager, Cassandra Wallace via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
CERT Membership Levels
CERT Membership Levels
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
Preparing Texas (create account and upload certificates here)
ARRL Precedence and Handling Instructions
FEMA ICS: IS 100.c*, IS 200.c*,IS 700.b*, IS 800.d* *www.training.fema.gov/ (put class title in search bar)
Harris County CERT Rodeo
Harris County Rodeo Website
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.
For more information contact OEM or the CERT Program Manager-Cassandra Wallace at:
OEM: OEMDepartment@dallas.gov or via fax: 214-670-4677.
CERT Program Manager, Cassandra Wallace: email@example.com