Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT)

he Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a volunteer group under the oversight and sponsorship of the University Police Department. Membership in the team is  currently limited to CSU, Chico Faculty and Staff. CERT Volunteers are not employees of University Police, they are volunteers who, upon request of the Police Department, assist the University.

What is CERT?

The CERT Program is one of five elements of the Citizen Corps Program under the Department of Homeland Security, there are currently 2,600 CERT programs registered in the US. The goal of a CERT Program is to form a group of well trained volunteers who can give critical support to first responders and provide immediate assistance to victims during an emergency. Team members may also be asked to participate in major planned events and assist with non-emergency projects to improve the safety and emergency preparedness of the campus.  FEMA’s Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT)

How Have We Implemented CERT at CSU, Chico?

The CSU, Chico CERT Program provides initial training to faculty and staff members utilizing a standardized FEMA/DHS curriculum. The core classes cover emergency preparedness, fire safety, disaster medical operations including triage, search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology and terrorism awareness. These core elements are supplemented with campus specific knowledge, Incident Command and Emergency Operations training, radio communications skills, and later, CPR and AED training. Team members then maintain and refine their skills by participating in on-going advanced training, online continuing education classes, and field activities. To date CERT members have contributed more than 800 man hours on the ground between Halloween, Commencement, Building Evacuations, and other campus incidents.

For additional information, please contact University Police at (530) 898-5555.