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What is Case Western Reserve University’s CERT program?
Case Western Reserve’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will be a squad of 25 to 50 university employees who have been trained in basic disaster response skills to assist first responders during emergency situations.

Who can participate in the CERT program?
Faculty and staff employees of Case Western Reserve can apply to the CERT program. The university expects to open the program to students in the future.

Will I need to take time off from work to train for CERT?
Those who apply to be part of the university’s CERT program likely will NOT need to take time off of work. Coursework will be available online and training likely will be conducted on campus at convenient hours. Employees who regularly work outside traditional business hours may need to use some discretionary time.

Will I need to take time off from work to serve with CERT?
If you officially are deployed as part of the university’s CERT program while you are at work, you will NOT be required to use discretionary time to cover your service during the emergency. If you take time off after your service, to rest for instance, you will need to use discretionary time.

In addition, since you will be registered with the Ohio Citizens Corps as a university CERT member, you could be called to serve during disasters that do not involve Case Western Reserve nor occur on campus. If you chose to assist during these emergencies, you will need to use discretionary time for the days you are away from work.  

Do I need permission from my supervisor to join CERT?
You do not need permission from your supervisor or any other university administer to apply for the university’s CERT program or to serve if you are accepted.

Do I get paid for being a member of the university’s CERT?
CERT is a volunteer activity made available to employees. Training is free and members are NOT paid for their service.

 

qualifications

What credentials are needed to apply for Case Western Reserve’s CERT program?
Application to the university’s CERT program is NOT dependent on prerequisites. You need only be interested in serving as part of the team.

Are CERT members required to perform physical activities?
No, all employees are encouraged to apply to the CERT program if they are interested. The university needs people with a range of skills, many of them that are NOT physical, to round out it’s team.

How do I apply to be a member of the university’s CERT program?
Faculty and staff interested in becoming a CERT member start by taking an online, independent study course called Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams. This training serves as a prerequisite to CERT application. Send the course's certificate of completion to Jason Goodrick at jrg153@case.edu. You will be contacted to participate.

 

training

What skills will I learn as part of Case Western Reserve’s CERT training?
In addition to learning how to organize and mobilize a group of volunteers, those accepted into the university’s CERT program will learn fire safety, hazardous material, terrorist incident, search and rescue and disaster medical services. Supplemental training may include animal response.

How long is CERT training?
Volunteers must successfully complete an online, independent study course that takes about six to eight hours and are required to participate in 20 hours of classroom and hands-on training. In addition, the university may require occasional meetings, refresher courses or practice sessions for you to remain an active CERT member. These activities likely will take place on a monthly or quarterly basis.

Do I pay a fee to take part in CERT training?
No, you do not pay for any university CERT training. However, some members on heir own chose to purchase some basic supplies—like a first-aid kit, rope or special clothing, among others—after being accepted to a CERT program.

Will I be tested on what I learn?
No, you will not be tested on what you learn but are required to successfully complete the online course and expected to attain a basic level of competence in hands-on skills as observed by the professional emergency personnel instructing you.

How often would I be required to renew my certification?
You will always retain the certificate you receive for successfully completing the online course. In addition, the university may require you to take refresher courses or periodic practice sessions to remain active as a CERT member.

 

service

How long will I serve as a CERT member?
If selected, you are required to commit to Case Western Reserve’s CERT program for at least one year. You can continue to serve as long as you remain eligible as a university employee, successfully complete required training and chose to continue your involvement.

How will I know when to organize and initiate services as part of CERT?
You will be notified by a fellow university CERT member through a prearranged process if you are called to serve in your official capacity as a registered volunteer.

Can I use my CERT skills to help people in emergencies without being officially deployed by CERT?
As a registered member of the Ohio Citizens Corps and university CERT program, you can use your discretion in helping people in emergencies without being officially deployed. Although, you are only eligible for liability protection if you have been called to serve in your official capacity as a registered volunteer.

Can I assist people who are not Case Western Reserve students or employees?
Yes, since you are registered with the Ohio Citizens Corps as a university CERT member, you can provide service—and liability protection applies—to all injured parties regardless of their affiliation or residency but only in the area to which you have been called to serve in your official capacity as a registered volunteer.

Can I assist people who may be hurt near but not actually on campus?
Yes, since you are registered with the Ohio Citizens Corps as a university CERT member, you can provide service—and liability protection applies—to all injured parties in the specific area, whether on campus or off, to which you have been called to serve in your official capacity as a registered volunteer.

Can I help people in other cities or states as a member of CERT?
Yes, since you are registered with the Ohio Citizens Corps as a university CERT member, can provide service—and liability protection applies—to all injured parties in other cities and states as long as you have been called to serve in those areas through your official capacity as a registered volunteer.

 

liability

Will I need to sign a waiver before I can become a member of CERT?
Yes. Case Western Reserve University will present you with a basic waiver you will need to sign before you can participate in the CERT program. Read the waiver.

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