McNeese State University Police Department has created a Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) Program. The C-CERT is designed to meld together trained volunteers, students and staff to provide a trained cadre to response to natural and man-made disasters.
The University Police Department presented a training session for our first class of Campus - Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) members in 2013. Eventually, University Building Coordinators, Assistant Building Coordinators, other university staff as well as students will continue to grow the program providing a backbone of para-professional volunteers operating under the umbrella of the University Police Department. This trained cadre will be activated for natural and man-made disasters, building evacuations, fires, and special events such as during the homecoming week parade and other major events. The C-CERT course will teach students, staff and faculty members to deal with an emergency or disaster situation on the university campus. These important life skills include hands-on medical operations, light search and rescue, fire suppression, disaster psychology, and a full scale disaster simulation.
The Basic C-CERT training program consists of 24 hours of basic training. The McNeese State University Police Department C-CERT Program is the first and only campus based CERT Program in the State of Louisiana.
People who go through C-CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, C-CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, C-CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. C-CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. C-CERTs have been used to distribute and/or install smoke alarms, replace smoke alarm batteries in the home of elderly, distribute disaster education material, provide services at special events, such as parades, sporting events, concerts and more.