Carissa Slawecki
News Writer

The frequency of disasters in the United States is growing at a rapid rate. Millersville University recognizes the importance of being prepared and has a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) in place in the event of a disaster. In its third year as an emergency response preparedness course on the Millersville campus, the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) prepares students, faculty and the community by training them to help themselves, their family and their neighbors during a disaster or emergency. CERT is a nationally recognized program through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and is sponsored by and housed in the University’s Center for Disaster Research & Education (CDRE). The CERT program benefits the community by providing training in basic skills that they can use to be better prepared to handle a disaster during and after the event. Members are trained in 9 different units including general disaster preparedness, basic medical operations, fire safety and suppression, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, and terrorism. When trained, these members have the skills and knowledge to respond to emergencies in their community before first responders are able to arrive. Shauna Stoy is a first-year graduate student in emergency management (MSEM) at Millersville, a program offered through the CDRE, and is also one of the CERT program managers. Stoy explains the goals of the CERT program, “The goal of CERT is to do the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the least amount of time. When a disaster strikes, there are usually many more victims than first responders. This is where CERT training comes in. CERT provides you with basic preparedness skills that will aid you when a disaster strikes.” The CERT program is a four week long course offered on campus once every semester through the Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE). This fall, the CERT program will run from October 21st – November 20th. The sessions will be every Monday and Wednesday from 6pm to 9pm. Registration is due by Monday, October 14th to the CDRE in the Luzerne Building on campus. Registration and liability forms as well as course information and materials can be found on the CDRE website at “After you have completed the CERT program, you will be able to respond with the CERT team here at Millersville, or if you are a student and have a CERT program in your hometown, you can probably respond with them as well,” said Stoy. For more information on CERT, please contact the Center for Disaster Research and Education at
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)?is actively seeking new students to be prepared in emergency situations. You can enroll for classes through the Center for Disaster Research and Education (CDRE)?at Visit the Luzerne Building for the CDRE?staff.