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Contact:Edward Norman
Phone: (281) 238-3419
Mobile: (832) 473-1248
Fax: (281) 342-4798
Edward.Norman@FortBendCountyTX.gov
307 Fort Street
Richmond, TX 77469
Fort Bend County
Office of Emergency Management

Fifty-three new CERT graduates grace Fort Bend County

Community Emergency Response Teams enhance the county's ability to respond to and recover from disaster

Posted May 2, 2014 11:03:34 AM CDT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Fort Bend County CERT members complete their graduation exercise at the Fondren Seventh Day Adventist Church.

Richmond, Texas - Fifty-three local residents participated in both a community disaster exercise and the graduation of the Fort Bend County Community Emergency Response Team, or "CERT," on Sunday, February 2, 2014.

CERT members practice chair lift to move patients.Practicing skills learned in their CERT training, volunteer team members managed a simulated hurricane disaster with twenty-one additional volunteers serving as disaster victims. "This group handled the simulated disaster very well," explains Ed Norman, CERT Coordinator for the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management, "they took to it well." Held at the Fondren Seventh Day Adventist Church in Missouri City, the exercise provided the team members an opportunity to practice skills ranging from Disaster Medical Operations to Search and Rescue.

The CERT program gives people an overview of skills necessary to respond to emergencies within their own neighborhood and community before public safety arrives. "In Texas, we pride ourselves on our resiliency, and our willingness to help one-another," according to Jeff Braun, Emergency Management Coordinator for Fort Bend County. "You can't wait around for the government to help; you have to take steps to prepare yourself and your family for any emergency." These CERT classes help residents prepare for any disaster by preparing them for hurricanes.

They are taught basic fire suppression, first aid, triage, psychological first aid, incident command, and the basic concepts of hazardous materials and terrorism response.

CERT training is offered completely free of charge by the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management. If your group or organization is interested in training your own Community Emergency Response Team, contact the Office of Emergency Management or visit cert.fbcoem.org for more details.

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Fort Bend County is located in the Texas Southeast, immediately South and West of Harris County and the city of Houston. It is the home of over 500,000 people and is one of the fastest growing counties in the United States. For more information about Fort Bend County, visit the county homepage at http://www.fortbendcountytx.gov.

The Office of Emergency Management (OEM) was established to protect the residents and property of Fort Bend County from damage relating to disasters. The OEM accomplishes this through effective planning, preparation, response, and recovery. For more information about the Fort Bend County OEM, visit the OEM homepage at http://www.fbcoem.org.

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