Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates people about emergency preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects on campus.
The CERT program is a 20 hour class which is typically taught over the course of four non-consecutive days. The class includes a combination of classroom sessions and hands-on training culminating in a final practical exercise which incorporates all elements of the training.
CERT classes are held two to three times per year and are posted on the Events Manager website when scheduled. The cost is $75 and each participant receives a backpack containing protective gear and basic tools.
Most CERT participants take the class in order to learn about emergency preparedness on behalf of their campus unit or for personal development purposes. These individuals form a cadre of trained personnel who can support their units during an emergency and who can be called on to support other campus operations.
In addition, all full-time residential staff and other key personnel supporting the 10 colleges and other student residential communities undergo CERT training in order to provide support to these communities during a major emergency.
Two formally organized "neighborhood" teams also exist:
- Mt. Hamilton CERT serves the residential community at the UCO Lick Observatory on Mt. Hamilton.
- Dickens CERT serves the Faculty/Staff Housing area at the base of campus.