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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.

cert_logoOnce 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

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.



Last Updated: 9/14/17