What is CERT?
If a major disaster affects Hurst, our citizens may be forced to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life-saving and life-sustaining needs. The Hurst Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program that prepares citizen volunteers to respond to emergency situations that may affect our community. This program teaches emergency preparedness and basic disaster response techniques that will prepare citizen volunteers to take an active role in providing critical support to professional first response members during emergencies. The Hurst CERT program is sponsored by the Hurst Fire Department.
We are looking for you if:
- You are 18 or older
- Live in Hurst
- You are able to perform some physical activities
- Want to give back to your community
- You are able to pass a background investigation
- Willing to invest your time in a 10 week CERT training course ending with a final field day exercise
Spring 2020 Training Class Announcement
Are You Prepared?
Hurst / Bedford CERT Class Starting Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Hurst CERT and the Bedford Citizen Corps Council (BCCC) will be sponsoring a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class starting on Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The CERT program helps train people to be better prepared to respond to emergency situations in their communities. When emergencies happen, CERT members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the safety of the community. As an example, Bedford CERT members have assisted first responders after major storms and in attempting to locate missing elderly persons: and Hurst CERT aids in public events throughout the year. In addition, Bedford and Hurst CERT members provided damage assessment services after the tornadoes in Rowlett, TX in December of 2015.
The CERT course will be held at Hurst Fire Station #1; it is taught by a trained team of first responders and experienced volunteers who have completed a CERT Train-the-Trainer course conducted by their state training office for emergency management, or FEMA's Emergency Management Institute (EMI). CERT training includes disaster preparedness, small fire suppression, basic medical procedures and light search and rescue operations.
The Spring 2020 program will run weekly on Tuesday evenings (6:30 – 9:30 PM) from March 10 through May 12. The training is open to anyone 18 years of older who lives or works in Hurst or Bedford. There is no charge for the training.
A mandatory background check is required by Homeland Security.
If interested in signing up for the training course, you can download the application here, fill out and submit it to Hurst Fire Station #1 2100 Precinct Line Road.
For more information, you can email us at email@example.com or call the Hurst Fire Department at 817-788-7238.
What Can You Do To Be Prepared In the Event of an Emergency?
A personal 72 hour Emergency Kit
Part of our program is to teach our community to be prepared to help themselves in an emergency. A 72 hour emergency kit is one way we can help ourselves.
View a copy of the FEMA suggested list for personal 72 hour emergency kit.
Maintaining your Personal Kit
Just as important as putting your supplies together is maintaining them so they are safe to use when needed. Here are some tips to keep your supplies ready and in good condition:
- Keep canned food in a cool, dry place.
- Store boxed food in tightly closed plastic or metal containers to protect from pests and to extend its shelf life.
- Throw out any canned good that becomes swollen, dented or corroded.
- Create a rotation plan. Place new items at the back of the storage area and older ones in the front.
- Change stored food and water supplies every six months. Be sure to write the date you store it on all containers.
- Re-think your needs every year and update your kit as your family’s needs change.
- Keep items in airtight plastic bags and put your entire disaster supplies kit in one or two easy-to-carry containers, such as an unused trashcan, camping backpack or duffel bag.
Family Emergency Plan
HAVE A PLAN AND PRACTICE IT!
Remember during an emergency, cell phones circuits are overloaded, and power is usually the first to go down, don’t rely on them.
Know where to meet family or contact them after an emergency.
Have a designated spot everyone will try to get to after an emergency.
If you are out of town, have a designated out of town relative be the contact for everyone to call when they are able to.
Download the full flyer with complete program details.