To prepare employees to help themselves and each other—and supplement the work of first responders—in the event of a campus crisis, Case Western Reserve University is establishing its own Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).
Up to 50 faculty and staff volunteers will acquire fundamental disaster response skills so they can assist with immediate needs during emergencies ranging from natural disasters to terrorist events. The team will learn to organize and mobilize basic medical care, light search and rescue, fire safety and even animal response, among other services.
Volunteers take an online course, earn a certificat, sign a waiver and participate in 20 hours of hands-on training taught by emergency professionals. Resources available to CERT members are extensive; answers to questions are at your fingertips. Someone to talk to is just a phone call away.