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Community Emergency Response Team

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

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.

For additional information on the CERT training class, please email or call Emergency Preparedness Manager Joe Frascati at or (847) 467-3065.

Visit the Department of Homeland Security website for more information.