Critical Incident Stress Foundation Certification Course–Deadline to Register July 30

CISM: Assisting Individuals in Crisis
Crisis intervention is sometimes called “emotional first aid”. This program is designed for teach participants the fundamentals of, and a specific protocol for, individual crisis intervention. This course is designed for anyone who desires to increase their knowledge of individual (one-on-one) crisis intervention techniques and self-stress management in the fields of Business & Industry, Crisis Intervention, Disaster Response, Education, Emergency Services, Employee Assistance, Healthcare, Homeland Security, Mental Health, Military, Spiritual Care, and Traumatic Stress.
An International Critical Incident Stress Foundation Certification Course
Presented by:
Mayland Community College and
Western NC Peer Response Network
August 10, 11,& 13 2015
Monday, Tuesday, & Thursday 5:30 PM-10:00PM
Mayland Community College – Yancey Campus
AJ Moore: NCSHP Chaplain, Yancey County Firefighter
Course Costs:
Registration Fee:
$70.00 Payable to Mayland Community College (for those who are not fee exempt)
Course Textbook and Certificate – $25.00 Payable on the first day of class
Pre-register by Thur July 30:
Please leave name, agency, phone number, and e-mail address at
Phone: 828-682-7315 or

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Duke Energy Power Outage–August 16

Duke Energy will be conducting a planned outage to perform repairs on two circuits at the Tremont Retail on August 16 to repair damaged equipment for these circuits.  The outage is scheduled to begin at 12:05 am and will take approximately 3 hours to repair.  Notifications are being sent to all customers affected by this outage.

Tremont Retail is located on Tremont Park Drive  The areas affected by this outage include Hwy 321, Hwy 64, Hwy 18, Hwy 90, Hibriten Dr, Lower Creek Rd and Cedar Rock.

The rain date for this outage will be August 23 at the same time.

A few intersections will be affected during this planned outage.  Many of these are listed as NC DOT traffic signals, but I wanted to give you folks a heads up the lights at these intersections will not be operating during this time.

Customer Name Premise Street Address
NC DOT US 321 @ NC 18
NC DOT 11 1015 LOWER CK-NC18/SR1709

Let me know if you have questions or need additional information!


Robin P. Nicholson

Duke Energy – District Manager

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National Association for Amateur Radio Focuses on CERT

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

The July 2015 newsletter of the ARRL, National Association for Amateur Radio, includes several articles highlighting CERT activities and partnerships with amateur radio club members. We appreciate Roberta Maddox for sharing this with us. Here is an excerpt from the newsletter editorial.

This issue of the ARES E-Letter has focused on the Citizen Corps/CERT program for good reason: we as radio amateurs are potentially critical links in the community and neighborhood disaster survival chain. During the immediate aftermath of a disaster, “first” responders will likely be overwhelmed and not available to assist you, your family and neighbors. Your neighborhood could be isolated for a period of time. You will be first responder, relying on your own interventions for survival, mitigation of, and adaptation to, disaster after-effects. The best approach to personal disaster management I’ve seen is the CERT program, and under its umbrella, the development of your own neighborhood emergency response team.

HAM Radio Class and License Test

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club members during annual Field Day

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club members during annual Field Day

Foothills Community Workshop  will be offering an Amateur Radio Technician level license class on three consecutive Saturdays, August 8, 15, and 22 from noon until 2pm.  With some additional on-line exercises, this class is intended to help prepare for the entry level Technician level Amateur Radio Exam.  This class is free and open to the public.

Topics include:

  • Rules and regulations
  • Station setup and operation
  • Operating procedures
  • Basic electronic  terms, components and calculations
  • Electromagnetic waves, bands, and modes
  • Propagation and antennas
  • Safety

The testing will tentatively (confirmation pending) be on Saturday, August 29 at noon and is available to anyone wishing to obtain or upgrade an Amateur Radio license.  The testing fee is $10.

See the FCW webpage for directions.

Contact Michelle, kd4ytu at 828-754-5002 or  for more details.

Hazardous Material Spill–Before, During, and After

Helicopter 2Our businesses and emergency responders are well prepared to prevent and respond to hazardous material spills.  But as a new member of the Caldwell County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC), I found this article prepared by the United States First Responders Association very informative for what the rest of our community can do to mitigate the impact and danger.

This gives you a lists of things you can do before, during, and after a hazardous material event to keep you and your family safe.

Get informed and stay safe, and thank your First Responders for all they do to help our community!

Hot Weather Health Emergencies (heat exhaustion versus heat stroke)

Deceased Triage Victim

Deceased Triage Victim

North Carolina has been experiencing its share of 90-100 degree humid days this summer. It is important to understand and recognize the danger of heat exhaustion and heat stroke which can be life-threatening. Here is a good article on Its A Disaster Blog that describes the difference between the two and the signs and symptoms. Get informed and keep yourself and your family safe and healthy this summer.