The functions of MSU C-CERT are threefold:

  1. Serve as a dedicated support team with specific emergency response skillsets for local and state responding agencies in times of emergency and disaster within the MSU campus and the surrounding areas;
  2. Provide basic emergency and disaster management duties until local/state agencies are able to respond; and
  3. Promote community safety and education regarding emergency and disaster management with the goal of improving our population’s ability to mitigate against, prepare for, respond to, continue operations during, and recover from natural disasters or other human-caused crises or disasters.

Simply put, we consider ourselves as having both a reactive and proactive function. MSU C-CERT has been proactive in forming partnerships with MSU and local/state responding agencies, in advancing its training, and in preparing for all emergencies, not just from inclement weather, though considerable focus is placed on these, as they are currently the most probable, consistent threat faced within these communities. A continued emphasis is placed on valuable training in all functional aspects of emergency management, including prevention, preparation, response, and recovery, so that MSU C-CERT can best help the MSU community and beyond, which is the ultimate goal. In working to achieve that goal, we also develop educational programs and offer them to the university and surrounding communities. One such program is our day-long, comprehensive workshop, P.R.E.P. (Personal Readiness and Emergency Preparation). MSU C-CERT meets monthly for different speakers and trainers that will help accomplish our training and education goals in the most efficient manner. By definition and policy of DHS and MEMA, MSU C-CERT does not self-deploy. However, MSU C-CERT stands prepared to assist in our communities and is ready to answer the call to assist when requested. We are NOT the MSU Crisis Action Team and do NOT have official university notification responsibilities in times of emergency. We also do not engage as an official behavioral intervention team. Our function enables us to assist the Crisis Action Team if ever called upon, but we focus mainly on the reactive nature of response and recovery in the immediate aftermath of an event as well as the proactive nature of prevention of and preparation for an event, primarily through educational programs.

The CERT in Action video below shows how the MSU CERT team could be utilized in the event of storm damage.