Community Emergency Response Training at University Branch Library

Do you know what to do when faced with an emergency? Do you feel helpless when disaster strikes? Your assistance could be critical before, during and after a natural or man-made disaster.

In coordination with the Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management, Fort Bend County Libraries will host a free, nine-part Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) program beginning on Thursday, November 1st and continuing twice weekly until December 3rd at the University Branch Library.

The classes will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 pm in Meeting Rooms 1 and 2 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land on the University of Houston campus.

The CERT program trains residents to prepare for and respond to life-threatening events in their community. Some of the skills taught in this training program include organizing resources, medical operations, basic search and rescue, how to use a fire extinguisher and damage assessment.

Presented by Fort Bend County Office of Emergency Management CERT Coordinator Kaila Williams and a team of experts from the community, the series consists of eight training sessions and one certification session. Participants should plan to attend all nine sessions. Training dates are November 1st, 6th, 8th, 13th, 15th, 20th, 27th and 29th and December 3rd.

The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and registration is required. To register online at the library’s website, go to, click on “Events,” select “University Branch Library” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-633-5100.