Welcome to Caldwell County, NC CERT!

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact Caldwell County and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist themselves, their families, and others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in Caldwell County, North Carolina.

This is a free, voluntary program that encourages members of our community to be prepared in any emergency.  Individuals, groups of friends and family, and organizations are all encouraged to join us!

Practicing in CPR class

Practicing in CPR class

Collapsed Wall Class

Collapsed Wall Class

First Aid Class

First Aid Class

Class Members

Class Members

CERT Basic Training Course in October

The purpose of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training is to provide the individuals who complete this course with the basic skills that they will need to respond to their community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. By working together, CERT members can assist in saving lives and protecting property using the basic techniques in this course. The target audience for this course is individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster. This is a 15-hour class and will be delivered over several days. We welcome individuals of all abilities.

Topics covered include disaster preparedness, CERT incident command structure, emergency first aid and triage, minor fire suppression and utility controls, search and rescue including cribbing, disaster psychology, and terrorism and CERT. Participants will receive a comprehensive manual. The training includes classroom instruction, case studies and exercises, and hands-on practice. Additional follow-up training on various other topics is available monthly.

CERT Basic Training Course will be held in Lenoir, NC on the following dates. You must attend each day.

October 9, 10, 12, 16, 6:00-9:00 pm

October 14, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

LOCATION:  3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, NC. There is no charge for this training.

TO REGISTER: Send an email with your name, email address, phone number, and address to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club Event Announcement

Local amateur radio operators are a critical support group for Caldwell County.  In addition to providing communications support for many community activities, such as cycle races and runs, these unpaid volunteers support the emergency communications needs of Caldwell County Emergency Management during disasters and other emergency situations.  The local radio club also provides three large footprint radio repeaters for public use where emergency information is broadcast and citizens are able to communicate with the outside world when others means fail

Once a year, the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club and area radio operators gather in a public location to demonstrate emergency communications capabilities and disaster readiness.  This year’s event will be held at Caldwell County Emergency Management, HHS Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, for a 24-hour period beginning at 2 PM, Saturday, June 24 until 2 PM, Sunday, June 25.  During this 24-hour period, over 40,000 radio operators in the US and Canada will be operating entirely on emergency power using all modes of communication—Morse code, VHF, UHF, HF and digital.  Setup for this event will begin at 7:30 AM, on Saturday and is a great opportunity to see radio stations and antennas being assembled.  The Lenoir Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the Club’s Communications and Antenna Trailers under emergency generator and solar power in the HHS Building parking lot as well as operating from the Caldwell County EOC radio room.  This event will give the community, elected officials and served agencies the opportunity to see the enhanced resources available during emergencies

I cordially invite you to come by Caldwell County Emergency Management at the HHS Building and see for yourself the dedication of the unique group of local citizens.  Additionally, you can sit down at one of the radio stations and “get on the air” and make a few contacts with others in the state, nationally or worldwide.  I hope you will plan to join us

John Crowe AG4ZL, President

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club=

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Collettsville Controlled Burn

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, CERT-trained members of Caldwell County REACT provided support to the firefighters who used the demolition of a house near Collettsville to train in fire suppression. The home was uninhabitable due to repeated flooding.

Prior to the exercise the house was gutted of any dangerous materials and windows to prevent injuries. Hay bales and wooden pallets were used as fuel to feed fires that 7 different teams repeatedly extinguished as part of their training. Following the training exercises, the house was allowed to burn to the ground while being monitored to prevent spreading.

As in an emergency fire scene, the firefighters were required to submit to “firefighter rehab” in which they have their vital signs monitored before, during, and following a fire or other strenuous duties. They are also given water, drinks with electrolytes, snacks, wet towels for cooling, provided shade, and a misting fan. They are required to rest in the rehab area until released. Anyone displaying signs of stress from heat or exertion, may be relieved of duty or transported to the hospital.

There were firefighters, supervisors, and equipment from several fire and rescue departments including Collettsville, Oak Hill, Patterson, North Catawba, Valmead, and Caldwell County Emergency Services.

Caldwell County REACT members set up and staffed the rehab tent. EMTs Rosemary Hall (REACT President) and Michaela Hall monitored vital signs with assistance from North Catawba Paramedic Kenny Hall. Sherri Bogdan kept the records of the blood pressure and oxygen readings. Ted and Phyllis Huntley, Shirley Kanode, and Sabrina Laws provided water and assisted with gear removal and other support. Maria Hiller kept documentation of resources and activities for the Incident Commander. Curt Hiller, Gary Dishman, and Mark Barerra managed traffic due to a lane closure and firefighting equipment on the road. All are members of Caldwell County REACT, and several are CERT trainers. They reported at the Collettsville Fire and Rescue building at 0730 and left the fire scene at 1300 followed by a debriefing at the fire station.

It was a good opportunity for the firefighters to practice fire suppression skills in a controlled, safe environment. Our Caldwell County REACT members also used the opportunity to train and learn, and are grateful for the opportunity to participate.

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Map and Compass Reading Class Part 2

Irv Kanode with his compass and map

Kenneth Teague, Emergency Management Coordinator, will present part 2 of his class on map and compass reading on Thursday, May 25, at 6:00 pm. This is a free class offered to CERT-trained residents. This class will include an outdoor exercise to practice our skills. Please wear comfortable shoes and bring a compass, if you have one.

The class will be held at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir. Enter at the rear at the employee entrance.  Please arrive by 6:00. If you must be late, call or text Shirley at 828-729-5223 so we can have someone at the door to let you in.

This class is part of the meeting of Caldwell County REACT, but you need not be a member to attend.

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Wilderness Shelter and Orienteering Class Report

Hunter Mise and his shelter

Today Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County’s Emergency Management Coordinator, taught a group of CERT-trained members of the Caldwell County REACT team some wilderness survival skills.

Today we learned how to build a tarp shelter in the woods, and how to read a compass and map including an exercise orienteering through a field, across a stream and through the woods. It was helpful to get to practice and a lot of fun! Kenneth also gave us some local history of the area and woodcraft.

We had a beautiful day and enjoyed a great lunch of pulled pork, chili, slaw, chips, and dessert provided by Trina Teague. We plan on having additional classes and exercises of this nature.

Skywarn Class in Lenoir–May 20

Be trained to be a SKYWARN® spotter and help identify and describe severe local storms. .

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives.

Who is Eligible?

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

Topics Covered:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

Classes are free and typically are about two hours long.

Storm Spotting and Storm Chasing is dangerous and should not be done without proper training, experience and equipment.

The Next Class Will BE:

MAY 20th 2017

Basic SkyWarn class: 10:00 am to 12:00pm

An Advanced SkyWarn Class will be from 1:00 – 2:15 the same day, if you wish to get both class.

RSVP by: May 8th.

828-757-1419 or kteague@caldwellcountync.org

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service.

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Basic Compass and Map Reading Class

At the next Caldwell County REACT meeting on Thursday, April 27, Kenneth Teague, Emergency Management Officer, will teach a basic compass and map-reading class. The meeting is 6:00-8:00 pm. All CERT-trained Caldwell County residents are welcome to attend. Please RSVP by sending an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

The meeting will be held at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW. Lenoir, NC. Please enter at the rear of the building at the employee entrance. Please let us know if you will arrive after 6:00 so someone can be at the door to let you in. You may call or send a text to 828-729-5223.