Each year communities across New Jersey fall victim to some disaster. Emergency events may be in the form of severe storms, tornadoes, blizzards, floods or “man made” disasters. The damage caused by disasters affects all elements of society and government.

Catastrophic events severely restrict and often overwhelm emergency response resources, communications, transportation and utilities. In addition, they leave many individuals and neighborhoods cut off from outside support. When we hear about this or see it on the news, it always seems to be happening to someone else but;

What If This Happened to You?

Drew University Department of Public Safety sponsors the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training course that involves 20 hours of basic training.  This training is open free of charge to the Drew community.

The CERT program educates faculty, staff and students about disaster preparedness for hazards that could impact our area and trains them in basic disaster medical operations, light search and rescue, disaster psychology, terrorism, and team organization. Using the training learned in the classroom and exercises, CERT members, upon activation, can assist Police, Fire, and EMS personnel in the Drew community following an event when professional response is not immediately available to help.

The Department of Public Safety has several officers, trained and certified by OEM and State Police professionals to instruct this course.  Additionally, local police, fire, and emergency management resources are brought in to help teach the class.  This is a great experience with real-life educational application!

For more information or to sign up for the next class contact Corporal Jesse Traynor at 973-408-3379, or by e-mail at jtraynor@drew.edu.