UK Police Offers Community Emergency Response Team Training

The University of Kentucky Police Department is offering a new and exciting opportunity for UK faculty and staff this fall. Recognizing that managing events following a serious emergency on campus can quickly overwhelm the resources of first responders, UK Police Department’s Division of Crisis Management & Preparedness will host the first Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) training for faculty and staff.

Beginning Tuesday, October 28th, training will be held for four weeks in the Student Center, each Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and ending with a mock disaster exercise on Tuesday, November 18th.

The primary purpose of UK C-CERT is to apply established CERT curriculum, adopted by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, to our university environment. Every campus is a virtual “city within a city”, with many of the same challenges to public health and safety faced by any other community, but also some unique risks and vulnerabilities. UK has a large, diverse and multicultural population of faculty, staff and students on campus in offices, residence halls, classrooms and patient areas.

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The complexity of the University’s critical infrastructure and the tens of thousands of visitors for special events and conferences underscores the need to educate employees about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact our campus and its vital resources.