Get Involved

The Southlake CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a ready force of organized and trained volunteer disaster workers that operates at the neighborhood level. After a disaster, Police, Fire and other response agencies may be overwhelmed and unable to deliver help everywhere that help is needed. That’s when the Southlake CERT Volunteers spring into action: they check on their families, they check on their neighbors, suppress small fires, conduct light urban search and rescue, and provide emergency medical aid and psychological comfort to their community. 

How Do I Join?

Classes are offered around the region one to two times a year for new members to attend the basic CERT Training Course. The class is offered at no cost and there is no residency requirement. If you are interested in joining CERT, please contact Please note that a background check is required for all Southlake volunteers, including CERT members.

The CERT course is taught by a team of Emergency Management, Fire, Police, and subject matter experts. The CERT training is conducted over two Saturdays from 8:00-4:00 with a final exercise to wrap up the course and tie all of the training together. The following modules are taught in the CERT program:

1) Disaster Preparedness 
2) Disaster Fire Suppression 
3) Disaster Medical Operations 
4) Light Search and Rescue 
5) Disaster Psychology and Team Orientation 
6) Live Disaster Simulation 

Upcoming CERT Training and Exercises: 

Future CERT Trainings will be posted for 2017. Check back for more information. 

For more information on CERT Programming contact the Emergency Management Planner Lydia Bristol (817)748-8903 or