Montgomery College to Host Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Program

Published on: July 13, 2007

Program Offered Through Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management

Offered free of charge through the Montgomery County Office of Emergency Management, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program that prepares individuals to help themselves, their family, and their neighbors in the event of a disaster.

CERT will be offered at Montgomery College on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m.-noon, beginning August 18, and ending October 13, with no class held on Labor Day weekend.

During an incident, emergency services personnel may not be able to reach everyone right away. By getting trained in CERT, participants will have the skills to help emergency responders save lives and protect property. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of their community.

The CERT training course is approximately 24 hours in length and includes hands-on practice of CERT skills. CERT training is offered to those 18 and older who live or work in Montgomery County. Instruction is provided by trained emergency personnel from the surrounding community, including law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical services personnel. The training concludes with a mock disaster simulation.

Participants receive a training manual and CERT equipment backpack.

For more information or to confirm a space in the upcoming class, contact: Linda Corbin, director of facilities and CERT coordinator at Montgomery College. Her number is (936) 273-7312, or e-mail: linda.obrien@lonestar.edu. More information can also be found at www.mctxoem.org.

Montgomery College is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000 or visit montgomery.lonestar.edu.

North Harris Montgomery Community College District, among the largest and fastest-growing community colleges in Texas, comprises North Harris College, Kingwood College, Tomball College, Montgomery College, Cy-Fair College, six satellite centers and The University Center.