The CERT class consists of nine units over eight weeks, covering Disaster Preparedness, Fire Safety, Emergency Medical Operations, Search and Rescue, Disaster Psychology, CERT Organization and Terrorism. It ends with a Disaster Day exercise in which CERT members get to put their newly learned skills to the test in a real-life scenario.
CERT classes are free and open to citizens who live or work in McKinney. For more information, please contact Randall Gurney at 972-547-2866.
What is CERT?
The McKinney Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a training program that prepares citizen volunteers to respond to emergency situations that may affect our community. CERT members are trained to be self-sufficient for up to 72 hours following a major emergency incident and can provide critical support to professional first responders. They provide immediate assistance to victims and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site.
CERT members are considered Good Samaritans and are covered under the Volunteer Protection Act. CERT volunteers do not have any authority beyond serving as a Good Samaritan when helping others.