Get Involved at PLU

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is nationally recognized and supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), a locally implemented program that teaches people how to be better prepared for hazards that may impact their communities and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Local CERT programs train and organize teams of volunteers to safely assist their families, neighbors, co-workers, and other community members during emergencies when professional responders may not be immediately able to provide needed assistance. CERT volunteers also support their communities by organizing, promoting, and participating in emergency preparedness events, activities, and projects.

If you are interested in being a volunteer in the CERT Program contact Campus Safety, Office of Emergency Management at

W7PLU - Amateur Radio Emergency Communications

PLU has a multi-purpose ham radio station which can be used by a student amateur club and during an emergency when telephones and computers are partially or completely inoperable. For instance, PLU could radio to the Pierce County Dept. of Emergency Management that we need food or medical assistance.

The organizing body, W7PLU, meets periodically to develop policies, procedures, and training opportunities. Members of the volunteer group participate in exercises and practice using the equipment.

Students and employees who are interested in participating should contact Doug Oakman at 253-535-7317 or

W7PLU Emergency communications operators