Core Emergency Response Team

The Core Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a group of appointed Ithaca College administrators and staff who are responsible for making decisions regarding crisis situations that affect Ithaca College community members. CERT follows the National Incident Management Systems’ guidelines created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as outlined in the college’s Emergency Response Plan. The college’s Plan applies an “All Hazards Approach” to event readiness, response and recovery.

The CERT meets regularly throughout the year to plan and participate in crisis simulations. Crisis response plans and procedures are regularly updated to reflect the latest industry best practices. Debrief meetings are held after all incidents to evaluate the campus’s response and provide updates.

The CERT is led by the Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life and includes all of the vice presidents, as well as members from:

  • Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management
  • Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life
  • Office of College Communication
  • Office of Business and Finance
  • Office of the General Counsel
  • Information Technology Services
  • Office of Facilities
  • Office of Residential Life
  • Health Center
  • Office of Counseling and Wellness
  • Office of Public Safety and Emergency Management
  • Office of Campus Event Services