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Training Opportunities

  • CERT Team Training (Below)

  • On February 28, 2003, President Bush issued Homeland Security Presidential Directive-5. HSPD-5 directed the Secretary of Homeland Security to develop and administer a National Incident Management System (NIMS). NIMS provides a consistent nationwide template to enable all government, private-sector, and nongovernmental organizations to work together during domestic incidents. NIMS training is currently available as a FEMA Independent Study Course (IS-700). To enroll in this course go to: FEMA Independent Study.

  • Incident Command training is being developed and offered for a variety of disciplines, including Federal Disaster Workers, Public Works, Law Enforcement, and Public Health. All of the ICS training offered through these courses is consistent. However, the various versions include examples and exercises specific to each of these disciplines. ICS 100, Introduction to the Incident Command System, introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. This course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS). To enroll in this course go to: FEMA Independent Study.

  • Hurricane Preparedness Planning for Businesses (Acrobat pdf document)

  • The Baytown Citizen Police Academy - is a unique learning experience conducted by the Baytown Police Department. It is designed to give citizens a better understanding of the operation and mission of their local Police Department. Each class covers a different topic; areas include patrol, criminal investigations, crime prevention, and traffic enforcement, use of force, narcotics, communications, and gangs among other topics. Classes meet each Thursday evening from 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm. If you are interested please contact Stewart Beasley at 281-420-6662 or stewart.beasley@baytown.org.

  • The Greater Houston Area Red Cross offers training and volunteer opportunities for all ages. Whether you want to become a trained American Red Cross volunteer, acquire skills for a new job, or enhance your current skills, you can depend on Red Cross to offer quality and consistent training. All courses require preregistration, and space is limited. Classes are held throughout our 18-county area. Course Schedule.

  • Join the American Red Cross - Disaster Action Team (DAT)

  • A new online presentation is now available at www.redcross.org/beredcrossready to help prepare individuals for emergencies at home, at work and in their communities. The presentation includes sound narration throughout, as well as streaming video of key first aid skills, including conscious choking and CPR. Visitors to the site can also download an emergency preparedness kit shopping list and key steps in making an emergency plan.

  • First Aid CPR certification (approximately 9 hours) is being offered by the Red Cross.
    Please contact the Red Cross for the next available class.

  • Individual Preparedness & Response: A Quick Guide. (Acrobat pdf document)

  • The SAFE KIDS Greater Houston Child Safety Seat Inspection Stations are located throughout the county, make an appointment today. (Acrobat pdf document)

  • Bellaire Fire Department Citizens Fire Academy - The academy provides an opportunity for you to become familiar with the operations of the fire department. The academy is a total of eleven weeks and is held on every Wednesday evening from 7:00pm to 9:00pm with three classes held on Saturday. If you are interested please contact the station at 713-662-8202 or you can e-mail the coordinator at dtittel@ci.bellaire.tx.us.

  • Jersey Village Police Department Citizens Police Academy - The academy provides an opportunity for you to become familiar with the operations of the police department. The academy is a total of eleven weeks and is held on every Tuesday evening from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. If you are interested please contact Joyce Undershill at 713-446-2100.

  • The Texas Center for the Missing offers a Missing Child Awareness, Prevention and Education Program which is designed to raise awareness about the social issues surrounding missing children. Parents, concerned citizens and child service providers will be taught how to minimize the risk that children will be lost or abducted; abduction prevention techniques are discussed, as well as what to do if a child is abducted; and a parent’s role in prevention and search efforts. To learn more please contact Melissa A. Hulin at 713-314-3673 or mhulin@tcftm.org.

  • The Harris County Public Library’s adult literacy program needs literacy tutor volunteers, who assist adults in reading at a grade 0-5 reading level, as well as volunteer English as a second language tutors (who assist adults new to the United States) at many Harris County Public Library branches. Training and materials are provided for new volunteers at no charge. More information is available at www.hcpl.net/literacy/literacy.htm. If you are interested you have other questions about the library’s adult literacy programs, please contact Steve Zack at 713-749-9035 or by e-mail at szach@hcpl.net.

  • Surviving Fire - Test your survival skills in a virtual town filled with different types of houses.

  • Houston Sail and Power Squadron offers three types of public courses:
    1. BoatSmart - a one day overview of boating safety
    2. Seminars - a series of two hour discussions on particular boating topics
    3. Squadron Boating Course - a four week course (meets once per week)

    • The Squadron offers to the general public a variety of boating courses including boat safety. “BoatSmart” covers seamanship, required equipment, regulations and rules of the road, emergency procedures and much more. It covers just about everything you need to get started, and is a great refresher for the more experienced boater. For more information http://www.uspshouston.org/education/publicourses.htm
    • There is also a course available for home study. The on-line America's Boating Course (ABC), a joint effort between USPS and the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, includes an interactive computer CD-ROM that serves as a "virtual" instructor with audio and video clips.

  • Certified Chaplaincy Training Program: This certification teaches the basic skills necessary to assist at hospitals, jails, orphanages, elderly homes, police stations, or in disaster areas. This training allows you to study at home or attend one of the scheduled workshops. After completion each student will receive credentials which includes a personalized badge and certificate. For more information please click on the following link: http://www.christianbibleinstitute.net/certificate-programs/ or you may contact Dr. Tony V Lewis at 888-360-0004.
  • Crisis Chaplaincy of Harris County offers Volunteer Crisis Chaplain training through a 2 day, 16-hour seminar. Volunteer chaplains are in high demand by many non-profit organizations, and can minister to people in many ways. Chaplains are taught to minister to the individual not just by words but also by good deeds. Our Training includes conflict resolution, understanding family dynamics, coping with trauma and grief, disasters and mass casualty events, active and reflective listening and much more. Graduates will receive a training manual, ID, and certificate. A background check will be required. To find out more about our training and class schedule please visit, www.ccofhc.com for more information, or call 281.770.7607.
CERT Team Training is being scheduled at the following locations:
  • Vietnamese-language CERT Team training will take place at the Vietnamese Community Center, 7100 Clarewood Dr., Houston, TX 77036. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, beginning July 11 and ending August 29, 2015. The training is free and open to the public. For inquiries and to register contact Anh Tran at Anh.Tran@houstontx.gov or 832-721-0836.

  • Tomball CERT Team will host CERT training at the Tomball Fire Station #1 (Main Station), 1200 Rudel Road, Tomball, Texas 77375. Classes will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., starting May 20, 2015, and ending July 15, 2015 (There will be no class the week of July 1, 2015 due to the 4th of July weekend). For more information or to register, contact Barbara Tague, Tomball CERT Coordinator, at 713-851-0737 or tomballcert@gmail.com

  • Lillian Beard Deaf Connection Center, CERT Team training will be at 9920 Long Point Rd., Houston, Texas 77055. Classes will be held on Saturday from 10:00am – 1:00 pm, starting March 21, 2015 and ending May 9, 2015. To register contact Mike Howard at mikedhoward@gmail.com.

  • Cy-Fair Area CERT Team training will be held at the Cy-Fair VFD Station 98 located at 11631 Yearling Drive, Houston, Texas, 77065. Training will be held Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., starting March 17, 2015, and ending May 12, 2015. Please go to www.cyfaircert.org, click on TRAINING, and register for the 2014 CERT Training Class 25. For more information, contact Elena Wingfield at training@cyfaircert.org.


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