Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT)
The mission of the UT Dallas C-CERT program is to work in partnership with the university's Office of Emergency Management and the university community to produce a pool of faculty, staff and students trained in disaster preparedness and response to provide leadership and coordination during an emergency, as critical support to professional responders and for immediate assistance to victims.
The C-CERT program is promoted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency, and Citizen Corp. More info is available at http://www.citizencorps.gov/cert
The UT Dallas Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area (both at home and at the university) and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, C-CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. C-CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.
The training consists of the following:
At the end of the training, C-CERT participants are given an opportunity to test their knowledge in a disaster simulation exercise. After completing the training and disaster simulation, the trainees become members of the UT Dallas CERT Program.
The University of Texas at Dallas is the second institution of higher education to organize a C-CERT training program in the State of Texas; joining North Harris College in Houston, TX.