Community Response Team


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Volunteering to Help Your Campus Community

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program at CWRU comprises campus community members— administrators, faculty and staff— who have been trained to participate and support emergency responders in the event of a disaster or emergency situation.

All team members receive 20 hours of hands-on training to garner fundamental disaster response skills.

The CERT team is equipped to administer basic medical care, conduct light search and rescue, and support fire safety, among other services. CERT members can also help with non-emergency campus programs in a safety support capacity, such as commencement and other special events.

Why Become a Member?

As a CERT member, you will become an ambassador for disaster preparedness and awareness, educating those around you. The skills you learn can impact both your workplace and your home environment. You will be better prepared to support your colleagues, your department and the campus community in time of emergency. Additionally, you can use your knowledge and experience to educate your loved ones and neighbors to better plan for emergency situations.‌


To become a member of CERT, you'll need to go through training, which covers a range of topics, such as disaster prepardness and light search and rescue, and concludes with an interactive simulated emergency.

If you're interested in learning fundamental disaster-response skills in order to assist with immediate needs during emergencies, consider joining the team. Training consists of taking an online course, earning a certificate, and participating in 15 to 20 hours of hands-on training taught by emergency professionals.

Class 1: Orientation and Disaster Preparedness
Class 2: CERT Organization-ICS
Class 3: Disaster Psychology
Class 4: Terrorism and CERT
Class 5: Disaster Medical (Part 1)
Class 6: Disaster Medical (Part 2)
Class 7: Light Search and Rescue
Class 8: Fire Safety and Utility Controls
Class 9: Make-Up Session
Final Exercise

Our Spring 2018 CERT class is full, but please let us know if you're interested in joining! More training opportunities will be held in the future. For more information or to sign-up, email

For more details, visit our Emergency Management training page.