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

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.

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.

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.

Wilderness Search and Rescue Class–April 29

Saturday, April 29, 2017, Saturday, 10:00 to 3:00—Wilderness Search & Rescue Class

Registration required. Limited number of spots available for Caldwell County CERT members.

Kings Creek (address will be provided to those who register)

The class will include a session on how to build an emergency shelter. Participants should bring an 8 x 10 ft. tarp.

To register, send an email with your name, phone number, and address to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

Meeting Reminder–Caldwell County REACT

Anyone who has completed the Basic CERT Class is invited to attend Caldwell County REACT meeting Thursday, March 23, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW. Use the back entrance. Becoming affiliated with REACT International will provide us each with $1 million of liability insurance. We will also become a 501(c)(3) non-profit that will allow us to accept tax deductible donations and do fund-raising. Attend the meeting Thursday to learn more about ways we can serve the residents of Caldwell County and assist our first responders.

Wilderness Search & Rescue Class CANCELLED

The Wilderness Search & Rescue Class scheduled for Saturday, March 4, is cancelled due to illness. The primary instructor has the flu and will be unable to teach.