Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is a Federal Emergency Management Agency program that educates citizens about the hazards they face in their community and trains them in lifesaving skills. If needed, following a disaster, these citizen-responders use their training as part of a neighborhood or workplace team to help others when professional responders are overwhelmed or not immediately available.
CERT members provide immediate assistance to victims in their area, organize spontaneous volunteers who have not had the training, and collect disaster intelligence that will assist professional responders with prioritization and allocation of resources when they arrive.
BayCERT is the combined Seabrook, La Porte and Webster teams working together to build a broader network for communication and community awareness. BayCERT has provided assistance with police dispatch, traffic control, aid distribution centers such as PODS during Hurricane Ike and shelter management during the Emerald Shores Apartments and La Maison Apartments fires. BayCERT works directly with the Seabrook, La Porte and Webster Offices of Emergency Management.
Monthly meetings cover a variety of related topics such as CPR training, traffic control, team organization and emergency animal control, with speakers from a variety of emergency response teams and professional programs.
BayCERT is a part of the Harris County Citizen Corps and the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and is a strictly volunteer organization.