Currently, UMCERT is sponsored by the Jessie Ball DuPont Grant, Miami-Dade County Department of Emergency Management, the University of Miami, the University of Miami Police Department, and William R. Butler Center for Volunteer Service and Leadership Development. We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their kindness in supporting the program.
If you are interested in becoming a UMCERT sponsor, please contact our president, Elsie Black, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jessie Ball DuPont Fund
The Jessie Ball DuPont Fund is a private group dedicated to the advancement of society in all aspects of life. The fund was set up in honor of and with the resources left by Jessie Ball DuPont, a champion for education and strengthening communities. The group donates resources to a wide variety of organizations with the goal of strengthening communities in Florida.
The trustees and staff of the Jessie Ball duPont Fund believe:
- A democratic society that works for all people requires the participation of a strong and organized independent sector.
- Communities are stronger and healthier when public, private and philanthropic resources are invested to build the assets of individuals, families and neighborhoods; citizens, neighborhoods and organizations work together across the boundaries that divide us; they are deliberate about identifying, building and using their philanthropic assets – the time, talent and money of people.
- Citizens have both the right and the responsibility to participate fully in public debate about the distribution of resources, opportunities and assets intended to serve the common good.
Miami-Dade County Department of Emergency Management
Mission: “To support our community’s disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation needs through the coordination of information and resources.”
Vision: “A disaster ready community.”
Miami-Dade County is vulnerable to a variety of hazards that threaten its communities, businesses and the environment. The Miami-Dade County DEM has created the Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) that establishes the framework to ensure that Miami-Dade County and its municipalities are prepared to deal with these hazards. The DEM, like the University of Miami CERT, focuses on mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery when disaster strikes.
University of Miami
A private research university with more than 15,000 students from around the world, the University of Miami is a vibrant and diverse academic community focused on teaching and learning, the discovery of new knowledge, and service to the South Florida region and beyond.
Led by President Donna E. Shalala, the University is comprised of 12 schools and colleges serving undergraduate and graduate students in more than 180 majors and programs. In 2012, U.S.News & World Report recognized UM as the No.1 school in Florida, ranking it No. 38 in its listings of “America’s Best Colleges.”
Safety is a top priority at the University of Miami. In the event of an emergency, the University of Miami Disaster Preparation and Recovery Plan will be activated to ensure the safety of all campuses. At the direction of the Crisis Decision Team, the Emergency Operations Center is activated to receive and disseminate information to the University family, and will be staffed with operators to assist callers. For more information about UM’s emergency preparedness, please visit their website here: University of Miami Emergency Preparedness
University of Miami Police Department
The University of Miami Police Department actively works to maximize the quality of life on the Coral Gables campus through proactive community policing efforts and continuous crime prevention programming. They office a wide range of programs and services designed to assist everyone who works, studies, lives, or visits the Coral Gables campus in maintaining their personal safety, and the security of their property.
William R. Butler Center for Service and Leadership
The Butler Center offers a wide range of volunteer and advocacy-based service opportunities for UM students, staff and local community members including one-day special events, classroom experiences, ongoing involvement with over 40 service organizations, and volunteer opportunities during fall and spring break.
Additionally, the Butler Center challenges students to think about leadership beyond the traditional leadership paradigm, thereby gaining an understanding of different approaches to civic engagement. The Butler Center works toward developing the leadership potential of students in all academic disciplines, as well as raising the overall standard of student leadership at UM.