Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT)
Mission Statement: C-CERT is designed to serve and safeguard Lane Community College through efficient and effective volunteer service, which helps protect life and property, ensuring "the greatest good for the greatest number." When called upon, C-CERT volunteers provide basic care, stabilization, and information within the campus community until emergency responders can arrive on the scene. Upon request, C-CERT volunteers will remain on scene to assist emergency responders as long as necessary. During non-emergency situations, C-CERT focuses on public education and awareness to help increase emergency preparedness on campus.
The Lane Community College C-CERT program educates the campus community (faculty, staff, and students) about disaster preparedness and trains volunteers in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Volunteers can also provide shelter support, crowd control, and evacuation. This training allows C-CERT volunteers the ability to assist in giving critical support to others in the event of a campus disaster.
Volunteers are provided adequate training gear and receive quality training from certified instructors. C-CERT trained individuals know how to safely provide initial aid. They also report to the Joint Operations Center and may be assigned to different teams. Because they have had standardized training in the Incident Command System, volunteers know their capabilities and can appropriately and quickly utilize them.
In the event of a major disaster, response from emergency responders may be delayed and/or not adequate to address the entirety of the problem on campus. Volunteering to join C-CERT can be of great assistance to the campus community. If you are interested in volunteering and playing an important role in campus safety and preparedness, contact Ben Bower at: firstname.lastname@example.org