Emergency Shelter Deployment Exercise Report

Fourteen CERT team members participated this week in practicing the deployment of one of two climate-controlled emergency shelters that were recently acquired for Caldwell County.

We were impressed with how fast and easy it was to unload, put up, and reload. It took approximately 30 minutes to unload and deploy including the installation of the air conditioning/heating unit. We anticipate that it is likely to take no more than 15 minutes now that we have some experience with it.

We will have the opportunity to practice again when we deploy the shelter for use by the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club and Caldwell ARES for ARRL Field Day 2015 at Redwood Park in Hudson NC June 27th and 28th.

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Reminder: CERT Emergency Shelter Class and Practice Tuesday, May 19

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Caldwell County CERT now has a mobile, 12′ x 16′ shelter available for use during emergencies. It is quick to deploy (15 minutes) and includes heat and air conditioning. On May 19, at 6:00 p.m. Kenneth Teague, Emergency Management Coordinator, will demonstrate how to deploy the shelter to our CERT volunteers. We will have the opportunity to get hands-on practice in putting up the shelter in the event we are needed during a disaster. All Caldwell County CERT volunteers are encouraged to attend.

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC in the parking lot. (Location will change in case of rain.)

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New CERT Emergency Shelter Class and Practice

Caldwell County CERT now has a mobile, 12′ x 16′ shelter available for use during emergencies. It is quick to deploy (15 minutes) and includes heat and air conditioning. On May 19, at 6:00 p.m. Kenneth Teague, Emergency Management Coordinator, will demonstrate how to deploy the shelter to our CERT volunteers. We will have the opportunity to get hands-on practice in putting up the shelter in the event we are needed during a disaster. All Caldwell County CERT volunteers are encouraged to attend.

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC in the parking lot. (Location will change in case of rain.)

To RSVP, send an email to Elizabeth Thomas, ethomas111@charter.net, by Monday, May 18.

NC CERT Conference–June 13 in Raleigh

A North Carolina CERT Conference is being planned for anyone involved in CERT
  • team members,
  • emergency managers,
  • sponsoring agencies,
  • those interested in learning more.

It is planned for Saturday, June 13 in Raleigh.

Registration is free, and lunch will be provided. Sign up on TERMS.
The morning sessions will focus on incorporating individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) into CERT programs, and the afternoon will offer a variety of topics of interest to all involved with CERT.

YOUR participation before and during the conference will ensure its
success!
Reprinted from the NC CERT Spring 2015 Newsletter from Samantha Royster (samantha.royster@ncdps.gov)
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