Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT)

CERT LogoThe 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.

What is CERT Academy?

The CERT Academy is a 4-day class that is planned to be offered on Saturdays over several weeks. The Academy takes the form of in class lectures, field exercises, and a realistic field disaster response scenario. The classes are taught by a CERT trained instructor and the current CERT members, with assistance from UPD and EHS, and volunteers from local agencies in each relevant area. Classes typically have a maximum size of 20 participants. Interested parties are vetted by CERT and UPD, and with the approval of their immediate supervisors, invited to participate.

When is the Next Academy?

The CERT Academy for 2017 will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. over four non-consecutive Saturdays: March 25th, April 1st, April 15th, and April 29th

 There will be five informational sessions for the Academy:

  • February 13th   2:00 to 3:00 p.m.          Butte Hall 407A
  • February 14th   10:00 to 11:00 a.m.      Parking Structure 2, Room 119*
  • February 21st   10:00 to 11:00 a.m.       Butte Hall, Room 407A
  • February 22nd   2:00 to 3:00 p.m.         Parking Structure 2, Room 119*
  • February 23rd   11:00 a.m. to Noon        Butte Hall 407A

*  Please enter through Environmental Health and Safety, next door to the Information Center on the corner of Second and Normal Streets.

For additional information about the Campus Emergency Response Teams, please e-mail or contact Cale Whitehouse, Lead CERT Trainer at 898-4689. 

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