Park Cities Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
University Park's CERT program began in 2008. Thirty-five residents have been trained and are ready to assist emergency personnel in a variety of tasks.
In 2013, University Park joined forces with CERT-trained residents in Highland Park and renamed the group, Park Cities CERT.
Training takes place at the University Park Fire Department. The program lasts seven weeks and involves once-a-week classes. Each two-and-half hour class concentrates on a particular topic or skill. Course material comes from sources like: the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Emergency Management Institute for the United States Fire Administration. Training is coordinated by the University Park Fire Department. Trained CERT volunteers are able to assist emergency personnel and City staff with the following:
- Relieve emergency crews on downed power lines
- Establish and maintain safe zones around high water areas
- Crises (lost persons, evacuations)
- Public Safety (City/SMU events, festivals, parades)
- Preparedness and Family Safety education
CERT Mission Statement:
"CERT serves to harness the power of the citizens of University Park, through education, training, and volunteer service to make our community safer, stronger, and better prepared to respond to the challenges associated with public safety, public health issues and disasters of any kind."