Wednesday, January 3, 2024

Disaster Preparedness with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course


City Council Member Mackenzie Kelly Takes Lead in Enhancing Disaster Preparedness with Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course

AUSTIN, TEXAS, January 3, 2024 – City Council Member Mackenzie Kelly is excited to announce the upcoming Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course, aimed at empowering individuals in the community to be prepared for emergencies. As a current City Council Member and CERT instructor, Kelly brings her extensive background in emergency management and her CERT Master Instructor certification to provide valuable training and support.

The CERT Course will be held from January 12th to January 14th, 2024, at the Jollyville Fire Department at 9218 Anderson Mill Rd., Austin, TX 78729. The training will be conducted in collaboration with other public safety guest instructors, ensuring participants receive comprehensive instruction that aligns with national emergency response standards.

Under the guidance of lead instructor Mackenzie Kelly, along with co-instructor Nolan Screen, participants will engage in an immersive learning experience to develop essential skills in disaster response. The course schedule includes three sessions: January 12th from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., January 13th from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and January 14 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Attendees will learn various CERT responsibilities, including disaster preparedness, fire suppression, disaster medical aid, and light search and rescue techniques.

"Individuals do not need any prior experience in emergency services to enroll. We enthusiastically invite anyone who possesses a genuine interest in serving their community during times of crisis and demonstrate a strong willingness to learn and effectively apply their training,” said Kelly. While individuals with training and skills in disaster-related areas are encouraged to attend, anyone with a passion for disaster preparedness is welcome to join this impactful course.

The CERT Course is facilitated by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Emergency Management Institute. Attendees can expect high-quality instruction and relevant resources provided by FEMA, ensuring the course meets national standards for emergency response training.

For more information about the CERT Course and to register, interested individuals can register here: and for questions they can contact the office of Council Member Mackenzie Kelly, the point of contact for the training, at 512-978-2106 or Limited seats are available, so early registration is encouraged.

Participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills that can be utilized in emergency situations and contribute to their personal and community resilience. They will also receive a backpack filled with essential first aid supplies upon completion of all three sessions. These supplies are secured with grant funding from the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

MEDIA is invited to attend on the last day, Sunday, January 14th. Please contact Patricia Gutierrez at if you plan to attend.