From the Parker County Judge's Office
Kit Marshall, Community Liaison for Emergency Preparedness, recently spent time in Austin, after she was selected to team-teach the State CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Master Instructor class.
“It is an honor for Kit and something we are all very proud of,” County Judge Mark Riley, Director of Emergency Management said. “It speaks well for our Emergency Preparedness staff when one of our employees is to the level where she is teaching not just the community but emergency preparedness personnel across the state.”
Marshall said she was pleased with the opportunity to educate others on CERT.
“CERT training is something I believe is invaluable for every family, neighborhood or community,” she said. “It is basic life safety training that gives one the ability to know what to do and perhaps even save the life of another before a first responder arrives. There is nothing more valuable than a human life.”
After the State CERT Master Instructor class, Marshall traveled to San Antonio to co-lead two educational sessions at the 3rd Annual Texas Unites Conference in San Antonio Put on by Texas Citizens Corp and the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster; it is one of the largest annual professional, volunteer and emergency management training summits in Texas.
In her duties with Parker County Emergency Preparedness, Marshall is responsible for procuring volunteers and implementing plans for setting up Points of Distribution sites for meds (known as POD sites) established under CDC and the Dept of State Health Services. She manages and is growing Parker County’s Community Emergency Response Team, (CERT). Marshall also writes and coordinates grants for the County.
She was a member of the team that wrote the first CERT Master Instructor (CMI) Curriculum in TX and has been a CMI since 2010. She also began a TEEN CERT program, co-teaching 2 classes at Weatherford High School in their Career Technology Program this past spring and will co-teach it again this fall.