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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training

CERT training educates citizens about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them on basic disaster response skills. Some topics are: fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology, terrorism awareness and basic disaster medical operations. There are no prerequisites for this training. This training is FREE.

Class Training Dates:
November 14, 2019, 6 PM - 10 PM
November 15, 2019, 6 PP - 10 PM
November 16, 2019, 6 PM - 10 PM
November 17, 2019, 9 AM - 2 PM (Mock Exercise)

Location: Emergency Operations and Training Center, 24200 N. FM 509, Harlingen, TX 78550

To register for this training, please contact:
Bill Snyder, Harlingen CERT
(956) 230-8011

For more general info on CERT, go to: Community Emergency Response Team

Search and Rescue in Community Disasters

The Search and Rescue in Community Disasters course is designed to provide training for community members to safely conduct search and light rescue response to aid their family and neighbors in the immediate aftermath of a natural catastrophe, technological accident, or human-caused incidents. The course is intended for members of the whole community and draws on information and lessons learned from a variety of disaster incidents such as hurricanes, tornados, and man-made events for discussion points. Hands-on training is used to demonstrate best practices for effective search and light rescue which can be used in both residential and commercial environments.

• There are no prerequisites for this course.
• To register for this class, you must have an account on PreparingTexas. There is no charge to have create an account, or to take a class.

Class Dates:
February 5, 2019, 8 AM - 5 PM
February 6, 2019, 8 AM - 12 Noon

Emergency Operations and Training Center
24200 N. FM 509
Harlingen, TX 78550

For more info, contact:
Bill Snyder
Harlingen CERT
(956) 230-8011

To register, go to:

Learn First Aid & CPR

Take a first aid and CPR class. Official certification by the American Red Cross provides, under the “good Samaritan” law, protection for those giving first aid.

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You Are the Help Until Help Arrives

Life-threatening emergencies can happen fast and emergency responders aren’t always nearby. You may be able to save a life by taking simple actions immediately.

Learn 5 simple steps that may save a life.
1. Call 9-1-1
2. Stay Safe
3. Stop the Bleeding
4. Position the Injured
5. Provide Comfort

Learn more about You Are the Help Until Help Arrives:

Do 1 Thing's Ambassador Preparedness Training

Become an ambassador for emergency preparedness and learn to teach others to be safer and more resilient. Learn how to be a leader in preparing your community or organization for all types of emergencies and disasters. Instructors offer tips, resources, and best practices to help you each step of the way. The course was created by Do 1 thing, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to move individuals, families, businesses and communities to prepare for all hazards and become disaster resilient.

Upon completing the course you will quickly receive an email with your certificate of completion. Are you ready to learn?!

Learn more about Preparedness Ambassador Training, go to:

Preparing Texas

Professionals from all areas of emergency and disaster response and management are encouraged to access Preparing Texas to view training offered by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and several federal and state partners. Registering on Preparing Texas is FREE. Students can review their enrollment status, upload profile information, view upcoming courses, print certificates, and view or print their transcript online at their convenience.

Learn about trainings available to citizens! Under "Schedule", look up classes for the "Lower Rio Grande Valley Development Council 21" region.


Stop the Bleed

Stop the Bleed empowers the general public to make a difference in a life-threatening emergency by teaching the basic techniques of bleeding control. There are a number of methods that can be used to stop bleeding. To learn more, go to the website below.