Emergency Preparedness

  • “Active Shooter” by City of Houston
  • Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnet, in the “AUDITORIUM” main building.WHEN; 6:30 –8:45pm

    In remembrance of “September 11th” we will be honoring the “Volunteers and Professionals who gave 110%” for there country and families. 

    We will have a special presentation on the events and why the importance of “Volunteering” is unique. This meeting will have 2 parts.

    1. You will learn how to trust yourself and build more confidence when the time has come to help in disasters.

    We help you” climb to new heights, Understand what it is to “reach” for new goals.

    Please bring your Cert Hard Hat, Vest, and pair of glove that fit your hands, good solid shoes or boots, CERT Back Pack.

    2.MistyGunn,Harris County Office of Emergency Management will be the key presenter for “Sept. 11th Remembrance presentation”. She has agreed to “volunteer” her time for us to help us remember why the job of “Volunteering” is so important in our every day lives. Without “volunteers” thousands of events, organizations would not work. This presentation will lift your spirits and hearts to understand that in the time of need why “WE” must do what we do to help others. Remember, you can measure the humanity of a country by the ways it takes care of its people.


    Myself along with the American Red Cross “NEED YOU”. My friends at Red Cross asked for assistance in recruiting “Volunteers” for the First Aid station at the Italian Festival. You’ve completed yourCERT training and have the basic knowledge for treatment and understanding of triage and assessments. I want to ask you all to take this opportunity to “Volunteer” and build your skills in first aid.

    This event is 4 days. We need volunteers to help cover shifts to make this a successful event.

    Thursday, October 11th,5 pm– 10 pm. 1 shift ( 4 people requested)

    Friday, October 12th,11 am– 10 pm, 3 shifts – 11 – 3, 2 – 6, 6 – 10 pm. ( 6 people per shift)

    Saturday, October 13th,11 am– 10 pm, 3 shifts – 11 – 3, 2 – 6, 6 – 10 pm. ( 6 people per shift)

    Sunday, October 14th,11 am– 6 pm, 2 shifts – 11 -3, 3 – 6 pm (6 people per shift)

    You may contact me for confirming which you would to help. We can have more than the requested number of people and you more work more than a single shift. Gaining valuable experience can be a learning experience for everyone. This will teach you how to set up your first aid station, reporting and documenting and most importantly rapid treatment for minor injuries.

    Take this unique opportunity and helpCERT and Red Cross build a partnership. Remember we still have to earn our “trust and respect” and by helping makes this step closer.

    Send me your dates you can help by email. You will need to wear comfortable clothes,CERT Vest, ID card, comfortable shoes. All supplies will be ready.

    Our meeting for October 9th. Will be presented by Houston Police Department.

    StephenDaniel, Houston Police Department Public Affairs will be presenting the “ACTIVE SHOOTER”. This presentation will educate you on work place scenarios of violence and how to respond. This program is one the hottest best topics going. One can never learn enough about protection.

    Hurricane Preparedness.

    Please keep in contact with the events of every Hurricane. 2005 was a lesson learned and we need to make sure each of you are “READY”.  Family comes first and then you can help us help others when it strikes.

    This and all meeting and presentation are open to everyone. Please let your family and friends know they can attend.

    Have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. It’s a time not to “labor” but enjoy family and friends.

    Thank every one of you for being a “Volunteer”. Without your help we couldn’t get er’ done. As a volunteer I know the sacrifices you make to help.  I Thank You, each of you for continuing to be a part of a great spirit that drives us all.

    Being prepared is not just a slogan, its away of thinking about your life and those that are in it.  Lead by example, learn by mistakes.

    RayField, SW74CERT Coordinator/Team Captain.
    Sw74CERT always meets the second Tuesday of every month at the Bayland Community Center., 6400 Bissonnet. 630 pm.

  • Community Emergency Response Team Training for Spanish Speakers 

The City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods Office of International Communities announces a series of Spanish language Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training sessions for individual residents, social service providers and community leaders.

Presented in collaboration with the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management and Harris County Citizens Corps, the training will consist of eight training modules led by experts covering a full range of disaster preparedness topics.  The final session will feature a mock drill, giving participants the opportunity to apply the knowledge and practice the skills they acquired through the training.

All participants who complete the eight-week training will receive a City of Houston and Harris County first aid training certificate, a CERT program identification card and an emergency response manual.

The training sessions will be held on Saturdays, 9 a.m. – noon, at the Southwest Multi-Service Center, 6400 High Star, Houston 77074.  The 2012 schedule is as follows:

July 21 – Module 1:  General Disaster Preparedness
July 28 – Module 2:  Fire Safety and Suppression
August 4 – Module 3:  Basic Medical Operations – Part 1
August 18 – Module 4:  Basic Medical Operations – Part 2
September 15 – Module 5:  Light Search & Rescue
September 22 – Module 6/7: Incident Command System/Disaster PsychologySeptember 29 – Module 8:  Terrorism Awareness
October 6 – Mock Search and Rescue Drill

The July 21 opening session will provide participants with an overview of disaster and emergency preparedness.  The session will feature presentations by Marni Rosen, City of Houston CERT Coordinator, Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Captain Homero Ponce-Lopez, HFD (retired), Captain Juan Guerrero, HFD, Any Villanueva, Volunteer Coordinator, Hispanic CERT Team and Carlos Robles, Meteorologist, Univision 45.

Enrollment is limited. Interested persons are encouraged to register in advance.  Walk-ins may be accepted, based on availability of participant slots.  To enroll contact Benito Juarez, Office of International Communities at 713.778.6503 or Benito.Juarez@houstontx.gov.

For more information about the Department of Neighborhoods, visit www.houstontx.gov/neighborhoods. To learn more about the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management, visit www.houstonoem.net.

Perry appoints county emergency management technician to disabilities committee

By Benjamin Wermund |                 Tuesday, June  5, 2012, 10:51 AM

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Williamson County emergency management technician Mackenzie Kelly to the governor’s committee on people with disabilities.

 American Red Cross 2012 Hurricane Party
You’re Invited

DATE: Saturday, June 23rd, 2

TIME: 5:30 pm to 10:00 p

Kenny Rogers

VENUE: Nutty Jerry’s, Winnie, TX
DETAILS: Purchase tickets-View sponsor levels

Featuring a live performance By Kenny Rogers

We request your help in making sure families in Southeast Texas receive assistance in their time of need. The Beaumont and Orange Chapters are responsible for helping all citizens in our 11 Southeast Texas counties prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters.  This event will be the single largest fundraising effort for both chapters this year and you have an opportunity to be involved!

Your support will help the American Red Cross respond to disasters today and throughout the year.  Your American Red Cross needs you now! Country casual attire, Cash bar and concession. All sponsor levels include dinner and concert. Doors open: 5:30pmDinner served: 6:00pmMeet and greet with  Kenny Rogers: 8:00pm(Cat 5 & 4 only)Live performance by Kenny Rogers: 8:30pmIf you have any questions please contact: Beaumont American Red Cross Chapter(409) 832-1644 3260 Eastex Freeway, Beaumont, TX 77703


Attention CERT Team Leaders & Points of Contact:

The following information is being forwarded to you on behalf of the SW74 CERT team. Please relay the message to your CERT Team Members and Points of Contact. Direct inquiries to Ray Field, SW74 CERT Team Leader, whose contact information is listed below.

ALL Training located
Bayland Community Center
6400 Bissonnet, South West Houston
Saturday, May 12
8:30  am – 9:30 am
CERT Unit 7 Terrorism awareness.

 10:00 M – 12:30 am.
The National Weather Service
will be conducting a class from 10 am – 1230 p.m.

SkyWarn® is a program sponsored by your National Weather Service Office in conjunction with your local Emergency Management Organization. It is a group of trained volunteers that watch the skies during severe weather and relay reports back to your local Emergency Management Official and/or the National Weather Service (NWS). These volunteers provide valuable information to the NWS to improve the warning program which could save lives and prevent property damage in your community.

Saturday May 19
SouthWest 74 CERT Drill
9 -11 am

We would like to have those that have taken MOULAGE in the last couple of months to help us help you.  We need 4 volunteers for victims. You will be victims TWICE, once for the moulage artists and once for the class drill. Victims for MOULAGE need to be here by 8:30 am for time to be “prepared”.

We encourage MRC members to help so they can build skills on medical set-up and evaluation experience.  MRC persons will not be in the DRILL AREA but assisting in the TRIAGE area for assessment.  Time to learn how to set up and evaluate your MRC training.

June 9, 2012
George R. Brown Convention Center 

National Hurricane Workshop from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.  We are looking for a few volunteers to help us man the SouthWest 74 CERT booth. We will be discussing with the public on how they can prepare, make plans and evaluate their disaster plans. We will meet at the GRB at 7:00 am or when ever they open the building to set-up.  We will set up our field operations area and this year we will bring in 1 of our small rescue boats that’s used for neighborhoods and apartment complexes.

See you at the meetings.

Questions Contact:
Ray Ray Field, SouthWest74 CERT Coordinator

  • SouthWest 74 CERT meets 2nd TUESDAY EVERY MONTH at Bayland Community Center, Voters Annex on east side by round brick wall.

Lunetta Sims (lsims@gatewaytocare.org) is sending a message on behalf of Harris County Gateway to Care Medical Reserve Corps

Please rsvp to me and mark your calendars for these upcoming training events:

Saturday, March 24
Disability Awareness and Emergency/Disaster Preparedness
9:00 am – 11:00 am
6201 Bonhomme Road, Suite 150S
Houston, TX  77036
Maria Palacios, Community Outreach and Information Coordinator of HCIL (Houston Center for Independent Living), is a polio survivor.  Her presentation will cover emergency preparedness as it relates to the disabled (regardless of the disability).  This training will aid us in assisting the disabled who are affected by emergencies.  Certificates will be given.

Saturday, April 21, 2012
Tabletop Exercise – Biological Release & POD Training
8:00am – 12:00 noon
3015 Richmond, 1st Floor Conference Room
Houston, TX  77098
HCPHES will present a Biological Release training with hands-on exercise and open discussion to MRC volunteers.  Certificates will be given.

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