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Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) A presentation to Willow Meadows by a CERT Volunteer
DISCLAIMER This communication is prepared by a CERT volunteer. While every attempt has been made to provide timely and accurate information: In the event that any of this information conflicts in any way with information on the CERT website, or other governmental information provided by, for or about CERT, that governmental information should provide guidance, and this presentation is in error.
Who is This Volunteer? MBA Finance/Derivates Rice University CFTC (Commodities & Futures Trading Commission), DoE (Dept. of Energy), FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) National Asset Protection CERT Training: 2004, 2011 IS22, ICS100, ART
What is CERT? “The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.” 1 1:
Harris County CERT Community Emergency Response Team 243 Teams of volunteers in Harris County, TX Provide assistance prior to 1st responders Assist in emergency response Astrodome during Katrina Help during IKE Train communities in disaster assistance Provide helpful civic service (smoke alarm installation etc.)
Willow Meadows CERT Started 2004 Still Going – small but strong Looking for other CERT trained volunteers Public Service Reminders Changing Batteries Checking Fireplaces Amber Alerts
THIRA (Threat Hazard Identification Risk Analysis) Example: Nuclear Power Plant Risks RISK = (low probability) x (vulnerability based on distance) x (high severity) You cannot necessarily stop a disaster, but you can mitigate effects by planning Time/Warning Preparedness Priorities RISK = Probability x Vulnerability x Consequence Severity
BEST WEATHER MITIGATIONS FOR WM Get educated. Take a CERT course or go to ready.gov Make your 72 hour kit Make your plans – write them down Decide: Stay or Go? Act!
WM Hazmat: Infrastructure Railroad Transportation (LKE: 2009) Nuclear Chemical/Petrochemical LOOP 610 (LKE THS: NOV 2011) Chemical/Petrochemical City of Bellaire Public Works Southwest Waste Water Treatment Plant Water Treatment Chemicals (Chlorines, Chloramines etc.) Biohazard (Bacteria/Sewage) Petrochemical Storage Tanks Transmission Lines
BEST MITIGATIONS FOR NON WEATHER WM HAZARDS & HAZMAT Get educated. Take a CERT course or go to ready.gov Make your 72 hour kit Make your plans – write them down Shelter in Place or Evacuate? Upwind, Upstream, Uphill Act!
TERRORISM “the term 'terrorism' means premeditated, politically motivated violence perpetrated against noncombatant targets by subnational groups or clandestine agents” -22 U.S.C. section 2656f(d) Top U.S. Cities: New York, NY Los Angeles, CA Chicago, IL Washington D.C. Houston, TX 1 1: May 3, 2011: Federal Authorities say Houston ranks high on the list of potential terror targets. KHOU 11 News
GANG RELATED CRIME Responsible for 48% of violent crimes Drug/Human Trafficking, Prostitution In some Texas juris. at least 90% crime Juvenile gangs responsible for a “majority of crime” in …Texas Increase in sophistication & “white collar” crime US Gangs (Crips, Bloods, etc.) Foreign Gangs (Haitian, E. African, Somalia) Hybrid Gangs (Juggalos, e.g.) Prison Gangs (Pistoleros, Barrios, etc.) Street Gangs (Chulos, Zetas etc.)
BEST MITIGATIONS FOR CRIME Get educated. Read the WMCC Bulletin. Call 911 in an emergency. CAR: Park your car in your garage VIN windows/tires etc. HIDE YOUR VALUABLES H.E.A.T. Lock the car HOUSE: Use the vacation watch program Know your neighbors – look out for the unusual Consider an alarm system Lock your doors Check your shrubbery, lighting & access YOU: Be aware of your surroundings Report unusual behavior to Host a Security Committee Meeting – or go to one! PETS: Collars and Tags. Microchips Pet Rescue Decals
MITIGATION 101 PREPARE & TRAIN: 1) Get a 72 hour kit 2) Make a Family Plan Include Family, Pets Allow for Disabilities In and OUT of State Contact 3) Stay Informed News, FB, NOAA Radio 4) Train with CERT 5) Volunteer in WM – know your neighbors!
Next Nearby CERT Classes Southwest 74 CERT will be offering CERT Training at the Bayland Community Center, 6400 Bissonnett, Houston, TX Classes will be held on April 3 & April 10, 2012 from 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., April 14 – May 19, 2012 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. To register contact Ray Field at or Misty Gunn at or If there is enough interest in WM, we can have a CERT class here.
WM Projects with WMCCSC Project One: WM Security Committee Registry Ensure that WM Patrol has access to your information (private not for publication) Project Two: 211 Registry WM has a number of residents with special needs. Although it is highly recommended that everyone prepare for 72 hours alone in the event of an emergency, those with special needs may have additional concerns. 211 residents are often those hardest hit by such emergencies, and least able to cope 211 Registry sharing with HPD