#RebelCERT Training Prepares Campus to Pitch In During Emergencies

Mar. 6, 2019

In the event of a campus emergency or large scale disaster, most first responders (fire, police, EMTs, etc.) will not be able to assist everyone in need during the first 72-96 hours.

Recognizing these potential delays in emergency services and in order to build a more resilient university, UNLV recently hosted a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) course on campus. The two-day CERT course is part of UNLV’s BeRebelSAFE campaign, which encourages students, staff, and faculty to “get involved” by attending CERT, CPR, first aid, self-defense, and active assailant training courses.

Vivian Surwill, a course graduate who works in Community Health Sciences, thinks of UNLV as “the hub for Las Vegans so we need to have the resources to help our community.” By completing the course, she is helping increase UNLV’s capacity to assist others across Southern Nevada.

UNLV’s CERT course prepares students, staff, and faculty to assist themselves and those around them on campus or at home when disaster strikes. It taught aspects of disaster preparedness, fire safety and utility controls, medical operations (first aid), light search and rescue, and disaster psychology.

“Simple first aid may save a life,” said Yuri Graves, UNLV’s emergency manager. “The confidence gained during CERT may allow you to lead in times of crisis becoming part of the solution instead of being part of the problem.”

Craig Topple, a course graduate who works in Human Resources, stated, “CERT provided us with practical skills to help others and not just be a bystander.”

Isis Roman, another course graduate and student, felt that she “learned how to be productive in a crisis and could help ensure your friends and peers are safe and as prepared as possible.”

UNLV’s Office of Emergency Management has scheduled a second course Nov. 16-17. Students, staff and faculty will be able to register in the next few months. To take a course sooner, local community, visit the Southern Nevada CERT webpage to learn more.