University of Kentucky Police Department is offering a new and exciting opportunity for UK faculty and staff. Recognizing that managing events following a serious emergency on campus can quickly overwhelm the resources of first responders, UK Police Department’s Division of Crisis Management & Preparedness now offers Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) training for faculty and staff.
The primary purpose of UK C-CERT is to apply established CERT curriculum, adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to our University environment. Every campus is a virtual “city within a city”, with many of the same challenges to public health and safety faced by any other community, but also some unique risks and vulnerabilities. UK has a large, diverse and multicultural population of faculty, staff, and students on campus in offices, residence halls, classrooms and patient areas. The complexity of the University’s critical infrastructure and the tens of thousands of visitors for special events and conferences underscores the need to educate employees about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our campus and its vital resources.
Following a major disaster, first responders who provide law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors such as number of victims, communication failures and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life-saving and life sustaining needs.
UK C-CERT members will receive hands-on training in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, disaster medical operations, team organization, disaster psychology and terrorism. 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.
UK C-CERT serves to complement the University of Kentucky Police Department’s response to serious events. After receiving training, these faculty and staff members from across campus can be activated to:
Training is held for five weeks in The 90 and ends with a mock disaster exercise. The dates are listed below. Volunteers must attend all five sessions in order to receive the required hours of instruction required by FEMA.
Registration is open now and will close when the class is full. Class size is limited and enrollment is on a first come-first served basis. The training is free and open to regular full time UK faculty and staff. To register, please click here.
Prospective UK faculty and staff participants will be expected to obtain approval from their supervisor and submit to an electronic background check. Refresher trainings on a variety of topics will be planned each year for UK C-CERT members along with opportunities to utilize these skills in responding to campus events or emergencies.
Participants will be required to:
UK C-CERT Members are recommended to complete three online Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Emergency Management Institute (EMI) independent study courses:
To find out more, contact Laurel Wood by calling 257-6655 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org