Lenoir Amateur Radio Club Field Day Report

CERT 1Ten CERT volunteers pitched in this weekend to help set up two emergency shelters and two awning tents for use by members of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club (LARC) for their annual 24-hour Field Day. The event was held at Redwood Park in Hudson, NC. LARC joined clubs across the nation in staying online and on the air with the goal of making as many contacts as they can for points, educate the public about HAM radios, and prepare to be able to assist their communities during disasters. Several LARC members are also members of CERT. Caldwell County Emergency Management and CERT are happy to be of assistance to these valuable members of the community.

Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator and the following CERT volunteers assisted this weekend.

Mark Barrera

Sherri Bogdan

Steve Bogdan

Joey Holsclaw

Lissa Holsclaw

Phyllis Huntley

Ted Huntley

Irv Kanode

Shirley Kanode

John Simms

 

First Aid Class Report

Keith Smith-Steve BogdanRosemary Hall with assistance from Michaela Hall gave some of our CERT members hands on experience with first aid on Tuesday evening, June 21. The 11 participants learned about stopping bleeding, splinting broken bones including the use of SAM splints and improvising when necessary, demobilizing an injured shoulder or arm, and conducting a head to toe assessment.

 

 

Preparing for Wildfires Webinar

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Greetings,

Are you prepared for a wildfire? To kick off the summer, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar on Thursday, June 23, which will feature an array of dynamic nationwide programs and resources to prepare individuals and communities for wildfires.

Title: Ember Alert: Preparing for Wildfires

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Featured Speakers:                                 

·         Phyllis Krietz, United States Fire Administration, FEMA

·         Barbara Geringer, United States Forest Service

·         Mark Jackson, Branch of Wildland Fire Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs

·         Cathy Prudhomme, National Fire Protection Association

·         Christi Collins, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA

How to Join the Webinar:

·         Please register for the event using the Adobe Connect registration web link.

·         Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting.

·         This webinar will offer closed captioning.

We hope that you will be able to join us on June 23!

 

 

CPR Class a Great Success!

Floor CPR practiceThursday evening, June 16, 2016, 23 Caldwell County CERT members were treated to an excellent class taught by Paramedic and trainer, Trevor Key. We learned about the role CPR can play as a life-saving technique and some of the changes in recommended life-saving measures over the last few years. We practiced adult and infant CPR experiencing the difficulty of doing CPR for more than  1 1/2 or 2 minutes. Trevor also demonstrated how to use the common defibrillators found in many public buildings, employers, and even private homes. We learned what to do for drowning and choking victims including CPR. It was valuable information and skills that may save a life.

 

CPR and First Aid Classes for CERT members

CPR Class This is a reminder that there will be a CPR class this week and a First Aid class next week for current Caldwell County CERT members who have taken the basic CERT course. There is no charge for the classes. This will be a good review even if you have taken previous classes in First Aid and CPR.

To register send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com with your name, email address, and phone number with which one (or both classes) that you would like to attend.

CPR

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:00 pm  to 9:00 pm, 3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC. Enter at the back door of the building. Wear comfortable clothing.

First Aid

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, 3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC. Enter at the back door of the building. Wear comfortable clothing.

FEMA Webinar: Building Partnerships with Professional Responders

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Greetings,

On Tuesday, June 14 , FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar featuring several local Community Emergency Response Team programs that have developed strong working relationships with professional responders and emergency managers. The webinar will focus on how these relationships have been built and maintained so that participants can learn how to establish their own relationships with the first responders in their communities.

Title:  Building Partnerships with Professional Responders

Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Time:  3:00 – 4:30 p.m. EDT

Speakers:

·       Justin Kates, The City of Nashua Office of Emergency Management, New Hampshire

·       Sheldon Ross, Chicago, Illinois CERT

·       Thomas Metzler, Bergen County Office of Emergency Management, New Jersey

How to Join the Webinar:

·       Please register for the event using the Adobe Connect registration web link.

·       Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting.

·       This webinar will offer closed captioning.

We hope to that you will be able to join us on June 14!

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Emergency Shelter Deployment Training at Radio Club Field Day

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Caldwell County CERT has two mobile, 12′ x 16′ shelters available for use during emergencies. It is quick to deploy and includes heat and air conditioning. On June 25 and 26 the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club will use one or two of the shelters for their annual, international Field Day. We are going to use this opportunity to train CERT members how to set up the shelter and take it down. The first class that did it took 30 minutes to set it up. The time was reduced to 15 or 20 minutes the second time we did it last year on Field Day.

This will give you hands-on practice in putting up the shelter in the event we are needed to set up the shelters during a disaster. This is also a good opportunity to support our local Ham Radio Club.

All CERT members are encouraged to attend.

The Radio Club has invited CERT volunteers to share their Saturday evening dinner on June 25 at Redwood Park in Hudson.

Rolling up windowShelter set-up time:

8:00 am, Saturday, June 25, 2o16

Dinner: Saturday evening. Time to be announced.

Shelter take-down time:

2:00 pm, Sunday, June 26, 2016

Location:

Redwood Park, 470 Redwood St., Hudson, NC

To register:

Send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com with your name, email, phone number, and whether you will attend Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon, or both. Also RSVP for the dinner if you wish to attend.

CPR and First Aid Classes for CERT members

CPR Class There will be a CPR class and a First Aid class in June for current Caldwell County CERT members who have taken the basic CERT course. There is no charge for the classes. This will be a good review even if you have taken previous classes in First Aid and CPR.

To register send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com with your name, email address, and phone number with which one (or both classes) that you would like to attend.

 

CPR

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:00 pm  to 9:00 pm, 3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC. Enter at the back door of the building. Wear comfortable clothing.

First Aid Class

First Aid Class

First Aid

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, 3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC. Enter at the back door of the building. Wear comfortable clothing.

CERT Basic Training Class for New Members

Cribbing 14CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact Caldwell County and trains them in basic disaster response skills. CERT members can assist themselves, their families, and others in their neighborhood or workplace during emergencies.

Please share with family, friends, and organizations that may be interested in becoming Caldwell County CERT members. THERE IS NO CHARGE FOR TAKING THIS CLASS. Registrations should be sent to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com including name, email address, and phone number. This is also a good opportunity for those of you who would like to make-up classes you may have missed when you attended the course.

There is an Emergency Communications/Radio Use class on July 23 that is open to all Caldwell County CERT members. We are including it as part of the basic training for this CERT class since the timing worked out well. Let us know if you would like to register for the Communications/Radio class, July 23, 10:00 to 1:00. It will include information about the legal/licensing requirements of using various radios, practical use and purchase of GMRS (hand-held walkie-talkie type) radios, Viper radios used by Caldwell County first responders in emergencies, documentation for emergency radio communications, and a group practice exercise. There will be members of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club available to answer questions you may have about HAM radios and licensing tests.

Basic Class agenda July 2016

Basic Class agenda July 2016

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Foothills Fire and Life Safety Festival Report

It was hot. It was humid. But 11 of our CERT members showed up and did a great job. CERT volunteers not only worked at our booth, but assisted at least four other booths with much gratitude from those needing the help. It was a great day sharing information with our community and supporting our awesome first responders.

CPR was being taught in the booth next to us. It made us smile all day as people, even the children, took their lessons very seriously, even toddlers. One little fellow who couldn’t have been two yet went straight to one of the practice dummies and started pushing on its chest then blowing in its mouth. The mother was shocked and wondered where he had learned that. I wish I had a video of that!

We are grateful to Kenneth Teague, Emergency Management Coordinator for Caldwell County, for his support of CERT and encouraging our participation. The CERT volunteers who participated today were Rosemary Hall, Michaela Hall, Shirley Kanode, Irv Kanode, Mark Barrera, Keith and Cindy Smith, Josh Hollar, Joy Mann, Joe Resnick, and Richard Koger.