Mock emergency exercise set for Saturday morning; avoid A.W. Smith Building

In an effort to better prepare for emergency situations, the university’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold a mock disaster exercise in the A.W. Smith Building on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 8 a.m. to noon.

The exercise will be held inside the building. Building access will be limited to exercise participants or people conducting critical business inside. All other community members are asked to avoid the building if possible.

As always, if you experience an emergency, you should call 216.368.3333 immediately. Non-emergencies should be reported to 216.368.3300.

CERT comprises volunteer campus community members—administrators, faculty and staff—who have been trained to participate and support emergency responders in the event of a disaster or emergency situation.

All team members receive 20 hours of hands-on training to garner fundamental disaster response skills. The CERT team is equipped to administer basic medical care, conduct light search and rescue, and support fire safety, among other services.

CERT members can also help with non-emergency campus programs in a safety support capacity, such as commencement and other special events.

For more information on CERT, visit