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August: Get InvolvedWhat happens if you are the one who witnesses an emergency? What do you do? What should you instruct others to do? It takes more than police, fire, and emergency medical services to respond to an emergency or disaster. It takes people who are Carolina Ready and committed to our Carolina community, neighborhoods and volunteer organizations. By working together for the good of our Carolina community, we will build stronger communities that are more resilient!

Being Carolina Ready is not just about knowing what to do, but also being able to act upon that readiness. The Carolina Ready website and Carolina Ready Safety App are great resources to gain information and readiness for emergencies on campus, but what if you would like to take that Carolina Readiness to the next level? There are several training programs and organizations you can sign up for that will help you gain more knowledge and skills around emergency response.


Make your community here at Carolina stronger by getting trained and getting involved.

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Explore training programs and organizations on or around campus that provide opportunities to expand your knowledge and skills around emergency response. Below are a few examples of training programs and organizations that are available, but also look for other opportunities based upon your interests.

Training Programs


  • SafeWalk – a student-run, University-sponsored organization whose mission is to provide safe travel alternatives for Carolina students at night.
  • Stop the Bleed – How can you prepare to save someone’s life who is experiencing life-threatening bleeding? Take this bleeding control basics course and learn how to apply pressure, pack a wound and apply a tourniquet. Learn more about the nationwide Stop The Bleed initiative and how this student-run, University sponsored club brings this initiative to campus.
  • American Red Cross Club – The American Red Cross Club at UNC-Chapel Hill is the perfect club to join for anyone interested in health, community outreach and service activities.
  • Campus EMS – Student-run emergency medical services (EMS) team providing high-quality emergency medical care to those experiencing medical emergencies on main campus.
  • South Orange Rescue Squad (SORS) – SORS is a volunteer organization providing rescue and emergency services to our community. Do you want to become an EMT or a CPR Instructor? If so, check out SORS.
  • Association for Carolina Emergency Response and Injury Prevention (ACERIP) – ACERIP is a student organization at UNC-Chapel Hill and an accredited teaching institution for the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. Each semester, ACERIP provides an EMT-Basic class, EMT continuing education courses and CPR classes for Carolina students, faculty and staff.
  • Orange County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program – teaches participants how to provide basic emergency response services after a disaster.