Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 59.37
Liaison Benjamin Newton
Submission Date March 3, 2020

STARS v2.2

Central Community College
IN-49: Innovation C

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.50 / 0.50
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

In partnership with the Hall County Emergency Management Director, Jon Rosenlund, Central Community College hosted a 24-hour Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training. The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program educated volunteers about disaster preparedness for the hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. CERT offers a consistent, nationwide approach to volunteer training and organization that professional responders can rely on during disaster situations, which allows them to focus on more complex tasks. Through CERT, the capabilities to prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters is built and enhanced. The trainings were offered in 4 sessions for 6 hours in July and August prior to the Fall semester.
1. CERT Role and Preparedness
2. Fire Safety
3. Disaster Medical Operations (Triage & Treatment)
4. Disaster Medical Operations (First Aid)
5. CERT Organization (Incident Command)
6. Disaster Psychology
7. Simple Search & Rescue
8. Terrorism Awareness
9. Full Scale Exercise

We will also provide CERT kits for free to all completers of the 24-hour training. CERT kits include supplies needed in response to natural disasters which include hard hat, heavy duty gloves, chemical googles, light sticks, safety vest, dust mask, solar blanket, flashlight, survival whistles, rope, barricade tape, megaphone, tarp, first aid kit, poncho, pry bar, etc…

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Public Engagement
Air & Climate
Coordination & Planning

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :
The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:

Additional documentation to support the submission:

With recent flood events in the Central Community College service area, there was a lack of Certified Emergency responders to many areas. The Hall County Emergency Management Director, Jon Rosenlund, said there is only three in Hall County and they did not have enough coverage during the recent flooding events. There is a critical need for CERT training throughout the Central Community College service area. Through hands on practice and realistic exercises CERT members learned how to safely respond to manmade and natural hazards, help organize basic disaster response, and promote preparedness by hosting and participating in community events.
By offering a free Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training that also includes a free CERT kit, we hope that more citizens and staff in the Central Community College service district will become trained in response to future natural disaster events. The training benefited all students and communities by offering trained citizens in response to future events.

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