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CERT training is a free 8 week national program designed by FEMA and facilitated locally by the Harris County Emergency Services District No. 48.  The course is led by various instructors including employees of the Houston Office of Emergency Management, Paramedics, Firefighters, and emergency personnel from both Harris County and City of Houston.

Course Outline:

Week 1: Disaster Preparedness

Week 2: Fire Suppression

Week 3: Medical Operations Triage

Week 4: Medical Operations Treatment Strategies


Week 5: Light Search & Rescue Operations

Week 6: Disaster Psychology & Team Organization

Week 7: Terrorism Awareness (FBI)

Week 8: Disaster Simulation Drill

Equipment Provided*

  • Manual
  • CERT Back Pack
  • Hard Hat
  • Safety Goggles or Glasses
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Vest
  • Work Gloves
  • Whistle
  • Pen, Pencil, Marker & Notebook
  • Various Medical Supplies
  • Dusk Mask
  • * As Available
CERT Drill A



CERT training classes are held at Harris County ESD No. 48 Fire Department Building A located at 21201 Morton Road, Katy, TX 77449. Classes are held one night a week from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. 

**Teens between the ages of 15 and 17 must be accompanied by an adult**