CERT volunteer “victims” needed for disaster exercise–October 10

On Saturday, October 10, 9:00 am, Caldwell County will be conducting a disaster exercise as part of its on-going training for emergency responders. The scenario will be a serious school bus accident. School students are excluded from participating, so adult CERT volunteers are needed to play victims of the accident. This will be a realistic exercise with victims made up using trauma moulage (make-up and prosthetics) to simulate serious injuries.

Volunteer victims should come dressed in old (disposable) clothes that may be painted or cut off. Discreet under garments such as running shorts and tops should be worn underneath.

This is serious training that is part of Caldwell County’s effort to insure emergency responders and our community are prepared to handle large-scale disasters. This is an opportunity to learn more about emergency services and contribute to your community. Contact me at caldwellcountycert@gmail.com or Kenneth Teague at kteague@caldwellcountync.org to volunteer.

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Search and Rescue Skills Training–November 7

Fall in the hills

Fall in the hills

Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator, will host a Search and Rescue (SAR) class including map reading, tracking, water purification, building a shelter and backpack, and how to use the equipment. All CERT members are encouraged to attend to brush up on our wilderness survival skills, have a good time with fellow CERT members, and learn life-saving skills. A cook-out will follow the class.

When:  Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

To Register:  Contact me at caldwellcountycert@gmail.com to register and receive the class location which will be in eastern Caldwell County.

Triage Class–September 15, 2015

The Grace Chapel Volunteer Fire Department is hosting a triage class at 7 pm, Tuesday, September 15. CERT members are invited to participate. This is an excellent supplemental course to the information CERT members learn in their basic class. This class includes a hands-on practice exercise. To register, contact Chief Edwards at 828-396-1702 or Trevor Key – tkey@caldwellcountync.org.

Grace Chapel Volunteer Fire Department
4470 Grace Chapel RD
Granite Falls, North Carolina 28630

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Caldwell County Life/Safety Festival Oct 3, 2015

Marie Hiller-Dave Thomas-Kenneth Teague

Marie Hiller-Dave Thomas-Kenneth Teague

The annual Life/Safety Festival will be Saturday, October 3. The Caldwell County CERT team will have a display booth to share information about CERT and emergency preparedness. Kenneth Teague will also have a booth for Emergency Management, and the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club will have a tent with ham radios and antennas installed for demonstrations. There are many other booths, equipment, and demonstrations by all the fire and police agencies in Caldwell County. There are lot of free activities, demonstrations, and giveaways for the entire family.

CERT volunteers are needed to help set-up the CERT booth, staff the booth talking to the public and distributing material, and tear-down at the end of the day. Let me know if you are able to spend some time helping inform our community at caldwellcountycert@gmail.com.

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NC CERT State Quarterly Meeting in Lenoir

The North Carolina CERT quarterly meeting will be in Lenoir on Saturday, September 12, 1:00 pm to about 4:00 pm. We are happy to have Caldwell County chosen as the western location for this state-wide meeting.

The agenda will be posted soon. Presentations being confirmed include a presentation by the National Weather Service on North Carolina winter storms. Another agenda item is cooking during emergencies and power outages. There may also be several vendors with displays.

We encourage all of our CERT members to attend and take this opportunity to meet CERT volunteers from all over the state. We enjoy learning what other active CERT groups are doing to be of service to their communities. Caldwell County has over 100 residents and first responders trained as CERT volunteers. We hope to see all of you at this event.

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Caldwell County CERT will deploy one of our emergency shelters prior to the meeting for display. We need volunteers to help set it up at 11:30 am on September 12 at the rear of the Health and Human Services Building. It is not difficult and takes no more than 15 to 30 minutes. There should be time enough to have lunch prior to the meeting. Please contact me at caldwellcountycert@gmail.com if you will help.

  • Where
    Tammy Austin Conference Center,
    3rd floor, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building
    2345 Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, NC, United States
  • When
    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    1:00 pm to approximately 4:00 pm

For more information and to register, click HERE.

NC Western Regional CERT Meeting in Lenoir

NC CERT Program Announcement

Join us for our next big event: The Western Regional CERT Meeting in Lenoir! We hope to see a big turnout from our Caldwell County CERT teams.

  • Where
    Tammy Austin Conference Center,
    3rd floor, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building
    2345 Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, NC, United States
  • When
    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    12:00 PM EDT

For more information and to register, click HERE.

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