Community Emergency Response Team
The Broome County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is recruiting student members.
Sophomore students serious about joining together with the Greater Binghamton community
to assist in the event of a natural disaster, large community event, or other emergency
are encouraged to apply for CERT training and membership.
The Broome County CERT is a group of civilians who are trained in the mitigation of
and response to hazards in their communities. CERTs are not designed to replace the
services of professional emergency responders, but instead supplement responders'
work by connecting with the broader civilian public and supporting a smooth, professional
response. To this end, Broome County CERT members are trained in traffic control and
highway safety, wilderness search and rescue, CPR and First Aid, basics of community
emergency preparedness and disaster response, and shelter operations.
Students will be expected to complete a FEMA on-line course this fall. A comprehensive
seven-week evening basic training class is then provided, starting in March. Trainees
must also pass a full day Disaster Simulator Final Exam.
Once they have completed the basic training, members of the Broome County CERT meet
and train monthly to provide effective emergency response support and keep their skills
well-honed and professional. The Broome County CERT is typically activated about twenty
times yearly. In addition to the occasional emergency calls, the CERT provides logistical
support and event personnel for Binghamton University Move-in Day, the Spiedie Fest,
and large-scale disaster drills. They also provide information at fairs and schools
for residential disaster preparedness and hazard awareness.
By becoming a member of the Broome County CERT, students provide an essential service
for local residents--community members and fellow students alike--and help build upon
the already strong community-university relationship.
Questions may be directed to CCE at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To apply, fill out an interest form for our Community Health Engagement Opportunities program, indicating in the final question that you are interested in CERT.