HSU CERT Program to Expand Training

On Sept. 12 and 13 the HSU Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT), in conjunction with personnel from Plant Operations and Housing, will be undergoing training to conduct damage assessments of campus buildings following a major earthquake.

The training will allow CERT members to assess buildings and safely enter slightly or moderately damaged buildings for the purpose of locating and extricating trapped and/or injured individuals. This is an ongoing effort in CERT training which initially involved 20 hours and covered hazard assessment, fire suppression, first aid and medical triage, light search and rescue, disaster organization and disaster psychology.

The class, American Technology Council’s (ATC-20) “Procedures for Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings” is being offered by the local section of the San Francisco Chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers.

This training is part of an on-going effort to further expand the CERT program and is also a part of the overall campus emergency preparedness efforts. A second recruitment for new CERT members and initial training will be taking place during the spring semester. Fro more information check the CERT web page at: http://www.humboldt.edu/~ehos/cert.html , or call the office of Environmental Health & Occupational Safety at 826-5702.