Community Emergency Response Team

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The Northwestern University Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educates students, faculty and staff about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our community.

Volunteer CERT participants receive training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety/suppression, light search and rescue, disaster psychology and team organization, CPR/AED, Active Shooter and Extreme Violence Awareness, and disaster preparedness. Instructors are skilled and experienced members of the first responder and emergency management professions. Using the training learned in the classroom and during team exercises, CERT members can be better prepared to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following a crisis event.  CERT members can also contribute as an organized volunteer cadre to assist the university in community preparedness awareness activities and in support of organized community recovery activities following a crisis.

The CERT program is offered to any faculty, staff, or student in the university. The next CERT course will be delivered in April 2017. For additional program information and details on the CERT training class, please e-mail or call Emergency Preparedness Manager Joe Frascati ( / (847) 467-3065). You can register for the April CERT training course by completing and submitting the CERT course registration form and the CERT Hold Harmless Waiver and Permission Form

Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website for additional information on CERT.