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Community Emergency Response Team

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

Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency website for more information.

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