NC CERT Fall Conference Report

Tony Sturey, Meteorologist

Tony Sturey, Meteorologist

The NC CERT Fall Conference was held Saturday, September 12, 2015, in Lenoir. The agenda included Tony Sturey, a meteorologist  from the National Weather Service, who spoke about the 2015-2016 winter weather outlook for North Carolina.

His conclusions were:

  • There is an 85 to greater than 90% probability that our winter weather will be affected by El Nino.El Nino 1
  • This means there is an increased chance of more severe winter storms including colder temperatures and increased precipitation including snow, sleet, ice, or rain.
  • The “wild card” in attempting to predict winter weather is “Arctic Oscilation” or Arctic Vortex, which can occur with only a week or two warning bringing severe cold and winter storms.

Tony illustrated the different conditions resulting in rain, snow, sleet, and rain, the dangers of black and white ice and the conditions under which they form.

Margie Mansure, Extension Agent

Margie Mansure, Extension Agent

Margie Mansure, Watauga County Extension Agent for Nutrition and Foods, described preparations and measures to take in the event of a power outage to provide safe food for your family and alternative methods of cooking. It is common to lose power during winter storms in North Carolina resulting from broken tree limbs, ice, and wind. In addition to losing power to refrigerators and freezers, those with well water can lose power to run their pump. Her handout covers her discussion points well.

Margie emphasized the importance of preparing ahead of time for these type of emergencies. She explained that perishable food can spoil at temperatures above 40 degrees for 2 hours or more. If you are unsure if food is safe during a power outage or afterwards, discard it.

Freezers and refrigerators will remain cold much longer if the doors are not opened. Freezers are more efficient when kept full. Freezing containers of water and storing them in the freezer will help the freezer operate more efficiently and keep your food cold longer in an emergency. It can also provide you emergency water.

Power Outage Handout

Samantha and Jay RoysterSamantha Royster, NC CERT Program Manager, and her husband, Jay, were there from Raleigh to host the event. She reported on the activities of NC CERT and led a discussion of the group about future programs.

Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator, welcomed the attendees and provided the meeting location and refreshments.

There were representatives from several communities including Caldwell County, Matthews, Charlotte, Gastonia, and Hickory.

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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 –

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

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The ABCs of Back-to-School Preparedness

The ABCs of Back-to-School Preparedness

Hey parents and caregivers! Disasters can strike even when your child is away at school, so it is important to have plans in place so you can connect during an emergency. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preparing your child for emergencies that may happen during the school day is as easy as A-B-C.

The CDC lists three steps you should take to protect your child:

A: Ask how you will be reunited with your child in an emergency or evacuation;

B: Bring extra medications, special food, or supplies your child will need if you are separated overnight; and

C: Complete a backpack card and tuck one in your child’s backpack and your wallet.

To learn more, visit You can also download and complete the Family Emergency Communication Plan now available from America’s PrepareAthon!

Reprinted from FEMA e-brief, September 10, 2015.

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New Wildfire Video

New Wildfire Preparedness Video from America’s PrepareAthon!

Imagine a wildfire raging in your community and only having minutes to evacuate your home. What do you want to take out of your home? How will you communicate with loved ones? These are just some of the questions you should be able to answer before a disaster strikes.

America’s PrepareAthon! released a new video, “Cloud of Smoke,” that gives a first-hand account of what it’s like to experience a wildfire, and highlighting the importance of being prepared. Here are a few things you can do to get ready now:

If you try to prepare while an emergency is happening, it will be too late! To learn more about wildfires and how to protect your family, download the How to Prepare for a Wildfire guide from America’s PrepareAthon!

Reprinted from FEMA e-brief, September 10, 2015.

NC CERT Fall Conference Agenda

The NC CERT quarterly conference on Saturday, September 12 is a STATE sponsored meeting for CERT members from all over North Carolina and is being held in Lenoir.

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We encourage all our Caldwell County and western NC CERT participants to attend. There is no charge.

NC CERT Fall agenda