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Brazos Valley CERT

Brazos Valley Council of Governments
Date last updated: Nov 9, 2015

General Information

Month and year the CERT Program was started: January 2001

Geographic Area: BRAZOS (County)
GRIMES (County)
LEON (County)
MADISON (County)

Point of Contact:
Richard Dysart
Citizens Corps Program Manager
Brazos Valley Council of Governments
3991 E. 29th St.
Bryan, TX 77803

(979) 595-2800 2028
(979) 595-2810

CERT Web Site:


On average, this CERT Program conducts the CERT Basic Training Course 4 times a year.

Number of CERT classes that have graduated since the program started: 55

Number of individuals who have completed CERT Basic Training Course since the program started: 1102

Local CERT Programs offer training to the general public and/or to particular groups in the community. This CERT Program holds classes for the following groups:

  • General public / Open classes

  • Specific neighborhood groups

  • Businesses

  • Government groups

  • Faith-based organizations

  • Teens / Youth

  • Colleges / Universities

Language(s) in which the program conducts CERT training:

  • English

Supplemental Training

Does this program offer or require supplemental training in addition to the CERT Basic Training Course? Yes

Supplemental training conducted, recommended, and/or required for CERT members:

  • CERT Animal Response I

  • CERT Animal Response II

  • IS-100.a Introduction to Incident Command System (ICS)

  • IS-200.a ICS for Single Resources

  • IS-700.a National Incident Management System (NIMS), An Introduction

  • Amateur radio operation

  • Animals in emergencies (training other than CERT Animal Response modules)

  • Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)

  • Automatic External Defibrillation (AED)

  • Additional damage assessment

  • Basic first aid

  • Shelter operations/management

  • Additional Search & Rescue


A total of 150 CERTs have participated in 8 exercises.

CERT in Action


Number of times the CERTs have responded in actual emergencies:20

Types of emergencies/disasters to which the CERTs have responded:

  • Flood

  • Missing person search

  • Wildland / Urban interface fire

  • Other - Fire Rehab

Activities During Emergencies

Activities conducted by CERTs during past emergencies:

  • Residential / Neighborhood checks

  • Animal evacuation or shelter

  • General evacuation

  • General evacuation

  • Managing / processing supplies or donations

  • Traffic management / Crowd management

  • Initial damage assessment

  • Basic search and rescue

  • Staffing Emergency Operating Center

  • Staffing shelters

  • Community relations / Distribution of emergency information to public

  • Other - Firefighter Rehab

Non-Emergency Functions

Non-emergency functions performed by CERT members:

  • Sharing information with the public about local threats and hazards

  • Mitigation activities (including home safety/prevention assistance, such as winterizing homes, installing smoke detectors, etc.)

  • Conduct and support emergency preparedness efforts and projects, including sharing information with the public about protective actions and encouraging them to practice

  • Support emergency planning, exercises, and drills in the community, including for neighborhoods, schools, and businesses

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