C.E.R.T Community Emergency Response Team
The CSU, Chico Campus Emergency Response Team is based on the standardized FEMA model currently being used across the country. The team will be used in campus emergency situations to augment first responder resources and may also be called upon by the greater community as disaster service workers. The Citizen Corps website offers the following description of the program:
“CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety, and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will be initially on their own and their actions can make a difference. Through training, citizens can manage utilities and put out small fires; treat the three killers by opening airways, controlling bleeding, and treating for shock; provide basic medical aid; search for and rescue victims safely; and organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective.”
The CSU, Chico, CERT Program is comprised of faculty, staff, and volunteers. After initial training, each member of the team will continue to receive additional training related to the campus environment and emergency response plans. If a disastrous event overwhelms or delays the community’s professional response, CERT members can assist others by applying the basic response and organizational skills that they learned during the training. The goal of this program is to create a team capable of assisting emergency first responders with a large scale emergency on the CSU, Chico campus.
Congratulations to our first 2009 CERT Academy graduates. Thank you for your dedicated commitment and support!
For additional information about the Community Emergency Response Teams go to the Citizen Corps website at: http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert/about.shtm