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Volunteer in Emergencies

As part of the Stanford community, you can take an active role in helping others by learning skills needed in emergencies.

  1. Building Assessment Team (BATS) (for staff)
  2. Student Community Emergency Response Team (SCERT) (for students)
  3. Local Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) (for staff)
  4. Stanford Emergency Medical Service (StEMS) (for students)
  5. Building Occupant Emergency Action Planning (for staff)

Building Assessment Teams (BAT) for Staff

Building Assessment Team (BAT) members are volunteers trained to identify specific signs of damage that may indicate that a building’s structure has been compromised by shaking during an earthquake. After a major earthquake, trained team members partner up to perform a visual inspection of building exteriors, looking for any of eight specific indicators of damage. 

The BAT training uses materials from the Applied Technology Council (ATC) 20-1 Field Manual: Postearthquake Safety Evaluation of Buildings. The training class for new BAT members (EHS-1650) is held each April. Refresher training for existing BAT members (EHS-1651) is held in April of odd numbered years (e.g. 2015 and 2017).

New team members receive a BAT pack containing the forms and equipment necessary to conduct their assessments.

Teams are made up entirely of volunteers, who can be any interested University employee. Check with your supervisor prior to attending training or volunteering to part of the BAT team. If you volunteer to be a BAT member, you are asked to commit to returning to campus as soon as possible in the event of an earthquake (after your family is taken care of). The University has over 800 buildings and is always in need of volunteers.

Building Assessment Team (BAT) Frequently Asked Questions

How often do I need refresher training?

At least every five to six years. Refresher training (EHS-1651) is held in April of odd numbered years.

I am a BAT member, but will be moving to another department on campus. What should I do?

You are a member of the BAT team regardless of where you work on campus. Take your pack with you to your new location.

I am leaving the university. Should I leave the pack with my department?

No. Packs should be returned to the Office of Emergency Management. Please send an email to for instructions and to arrange pack return.

I lost my pack, but would like to continue to serve as a BAT. What should I do?

Please contact the Office of Emergency Management at for a replacement pack.

I am no longer able to serve as a BAT member. How do I get removed from the roster, and what should I do with my pack?

Please contact the Office of Emergency Management at for instructions and to arrange pack return. We will remove you from the BAT roster at your request.

I have additional questions. Whom should I contact?

For all further questions, please contact the Office of Emergency Management at

Stanford Student Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) 

Stanford is preparing to offer students the opportunity to become a member of the Stanford Community Emergency Response Team (SCERT).  

The CERT curriculum is based on the standard CERT program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  It includes basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and communication and disaster medical operations.  

Community Emergency Response Team training prepares an individual to provide a higher level of assistance after an emergency event. The skills learned in this course are transferable to other aspects of life and are valuable well beyond your years here at Stanford. CERT trained individuals will form teams after a major emergency, such as an earthquake, and assist with University response functions.

We will update CardinalReady with information on the Student CERT program when it is ready to launch.

Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) for Staff

The Stanford Community Emergency Response Team consists of staff who have previously trained to respond to disasters. CERT training is based on the nationwide CERT program developed by the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA). It includes basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.

Currently, Stanford is not actively training new University CERT members, with the exception of University Information Technology (UIT), which has an active CERT Team that participates in an annual drill and trains with the City of Palo Alto.  All University staff are encouraged to take CERT training offered in surrounding communities until a local Stanford course is again available. 

Stanford University Emergency Medical Service (StEMS) for Students

The Stanford Emergency Medical Service (StEMS) is a student group of certified EMT-Basics that provides standby medical service at campus events, such as football and other sporting events, social events and campus wide celebrations.

StEMS operates under the oversight of the Stanford University Department of Public Safety and medical direction from Stanford’s Department of Emergency Medicine.

StEMS teams consist of at least two EMT-1 positions and are stationed at the event to provide medical assessment and treatment when needed. StEMS teams can provide non-transport BLS (basic life support) and, if necessary, can work with an ALS (advanced life support) team to provide care.  Each team carries oxygen, an AED and trauma equipment.

All team members are at least EMT-1 (EMT-Basic) certified and affiliated with Santa Clara County EMS. Members are required to have a current EMT-certificate as well as a professional rescuer CPR certification by either the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association. 

Building Occupant Emergency Action Planning (Building Evacuation)

All buildings on the Stanford University campus are required to prepare and test Building Occupant Emergency Action Plans.  These plans describe, on a building-by-building basis, how occupants evacuate the building in an emergency.  

Building evacuation involves a Building Occupant Life Safety Team Leader, Building Floor Coordinators, Special Needs Assistants and Emergency Assembly Point (EAP) Coordinators.  Staff can volunteer for these positions by contacting the Building Manager or School Department Operations Center (DOC) Coordinator. As a volunteer, you assist during building evacuation drills and in emergencies.  

Emergency Preparedness and Response Training


Emergency Procedures in Residences

Upon arrival at campus residences, students receive the R&DE Welcome Packet containing information on Safety and Emergencies.  This includes evacuation instructions and maps to locate Emergency Assembly Points.   

CPR and AED Instruction

Students can register for EMED-110:Basic Cardiac Life Support: CPR for the Layperson Responder, offered through the School of Medicine, Human Performance Program, Wilderness Medicine track.  This course offers American CPR certification and covers signs and symptoms of heart attack, stroke, choking, skills associated with administering CPR, and basic AED application. Be prepared for 3.75 hours of instruction and adult/infant practicals, plus a practicum skills test .


Emergency Preparedness Training for Faculty and Staff

  1. General Safety, Injury Prevention (IIPP) and Emergency Preparedness – EHS-4200 training is required for all new faculty and staff.  The class web-based class is offered through STARS, 
  2. Personal Emergency Preparedness – EHS 5090 to learn resources for improving your disaster preparedness and emergency skills. This course is eligible for an Emergency Preparedness BeWell berry; credit issued quarterly. Course may only be taken 1 time. An emergency backpack is included upon completion of the class. 
  3. Emergency Preparedness for Your Home – EHS 3201 to learn about resources for improving your disaster preparedness and emergency skills. This course is eligible for an Emergency Preparedness BeWell berry, credited quarterly.  The class will include a handout with suggestions for building your own disaster kit. (
  4. Automated External Defibrillator (AED, CPR and First Aid) – EHS-1300.  This is a 6-hour course given quarterly to train in the use of the AED, CPR and basic first aid, and meets the standards required by California for AED use. Contact EHS for assistance in registering for CPR/AED courses at 650-723-0448.