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Brookhaven College employee newsletter: Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Keep Campus Safe; Join CERT!

Keep Campus Safe; Join CERT!

Help prepare Brookhaven College for an emergency by joining the campus Community Emergency Response Team. The first class to complete the college's CERT training spent almost a week in training before putting their skills into action with a mock emergency drill. Members of the Brookhaven CERT go far beyond the college police, including employees from every group, professional support staff, faculty members and administrators.

CERT was developed and implemented by the Los Angeles City Fire Department in 1985. CERT programs educate citizens about disaster preparedness and trains them in basic emergency 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, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

The Brookhaven College CERT began in 2008 and currently includes 42 members on campus. CERT members are trained to help in a variety of situations, including power outages, shootings, inclement weather, fire and bomb threats.

Members are trained by the City of Dallas Office of Emergency Management. This training prepares college employees to play an important role in responding effectively to a campus disaster until professional responders arrive. The training is designed to give CERT members the knowledge and confidence in order to respond to a campus catastrophe.

Beyond offering team members training at the college, CERT also serves other purposes.

Our CERT team needs the support of the whole campus! If you're interested in becoming a CERT member, contact Gabe Galvez at 972-860-4190 or stop by Bldg. B, Room B200.