Basic CERT Class Finishes with Search and Rescue

Cribbing ExerciseThe July 2016 Basic CERT class ended Saturday, July 30, with an outdoor exercise. They organized by appointing an Incident Commander, Safety Officer, and Medical Officer. They had to find the victim, Sam, the never-complaining training dummy, and safely extricate him from under a pile of rubble followed by emergency medical treatment. A rubber snake was placed strategically to demonstrate potential dangers of outdoor rescues. The team competently raised the debris off the victim using cribbing removing the victim in about 30 minutes. The medical team stabilized the victim’s broken leg using material on hand–a 2×4 and duct tape.

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Fire Extinguisher Practice for Basic CERT Class

Our junior member, James in his PPE,

Our junior member, James in his PPE,

The Basic CERT class members learned about fire suppression and utility controls Tuesday night. They practiced with fire extinguishers to learn safety and the P.A.S.S. method–Pull, Aim, Squeeze, and Sweep.

The second part of the class was a group exercise in which two teams had to role play a CERT team in a gated community called into action during a weather disaster. Both teams exhibited good leadership skills, excellent documentation, and good experience using two-way radios. These are folks you would want living in your neighborhood during an emergency!

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Kick-Off of New CERT Class

Tower-building exercise

Tower-building exercise

Tuesday evening, June 19, was the first meeting of the new CERT Basic Class. We wish to welcome aboard our new CERT members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robert Benfield
 Dick Blumenstein
Brooks Brown
Lisa Cooke
Gary Dishman
Matthew Gruber
Jessica Hatcher
Brian Hudson
Michael Jones
Richard Koger
Sabrina Laws
Angela Ocuto
Joseph Smith
Marc Whitson
Rodney Wike

 

 

 

Emergency Communication/Radio Class Is Full

The Caldwell County CERT Emergency Communications and Radio class on July 23, 2016, is full. Thanks everyone for your interest in this important subject. We appreciate Thomas Land of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club and Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator, for their expertise and willingness to conduct the class.

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CERT Train-the-Trainer Class in Lenoir Aug 13-14

CERT Instructors Rosemary Hall and Kenneth Teague

CERT Instructors Rosemary Hall and Kenneth Teague

CERT Train-the-Trainer is for any CERT member who is interested in teaching CERT classes including the basic course that new CERT members attend. The material is also valuable for people wanting to enhance their training and public speaking skills. This class will be held in Lenoir for the first time, and we recommend all our CERT volunteers take advantage of this opportunity. We can use the assistance of additional CERT trainers. The class will be taught by Samantha Royster, NC CERT Program Manager and her husband, Paramedic Jay Royster.

CERT Train-the-Trainer Course Time and Location.

August 13-14, 9:00-5:00,

Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC.

The class is available for registration on the state’s Training and Exercise Registration Management System (TERMS) or send an email to Caldwell County CERT at caldwellcountycert@gmail.com with your name, address, and email address and note that you wish to attend the CERT Train-the-Trainer class in Lenoir.

Overall Course Objectives

Upon completing this course, the participants should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the CERT Basic Training Course.
2. Demonstrate the ability to present an assigned portion of the course.
3. Communicate the core values of the program.
4. Demonstrate classroom management techniques.
5. Demonstrate effective teaching techniques.
6. Model appropriate behavior as an instructor.
In addition to the overall course objectives listed above, each unit has specific
objectives.

Train-the-Trainer Participant Manual

Last Chance to Register for CERT Basic Training

First Aid Class

First Aid Class

The 2016 summer CERT Basic Training begins this Tuesday, July 19, 6:00-9:00 pm in Lenoir, NC. We have a few spaces left. Learn important, life-saving skills, meet new people, and have some fun!

CERT 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

Emergency Radio Communications Training

Tom Land

Instructor Tom Land

Caldwell County CERT members who have taken the basic CERT training are encouraged to attend the Emergency Radio Communications Training class to be held, Saturday, July 23, 10 am to 1 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.

The class will include regulations governing the use of handheld FRS/GMRS radios, range of hand-held radios, how to use them, radio protocol, and radio options. 

We will also do a practice emergency “net” using radios to communicate among groups and headquarters, and basic record keeping.

Maria Hiller

CERT Volunteer Maria Hiller

The training will allow us to be  more effective and confident if we have to assist with radio communications in an emergency. Kenneth Teague, Thomas Land and others in the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club will provide instruction and answer your radio questions.

Participants are encouraged to bring their FRS/GMRS radios, if they have them. This is a good opportunity to ask questions and learn more if you are considering the purchase of hand-held radios.

Emergency Radio Communications Training

Saturday, July 23, 10:00 am to 1:00 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.

To Register

Send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com with your name, email address, and phone number and the name of the class.

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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NC Wins Gold in Southeast CERT Olympics in Mississippi!

Gold MedalSaturday a North Carolina CERT team won the Gold for its first place finish as best overall team in the Region IV CERT Conference and Exercise. It also won first place medals in three out of five individual events (Cribbing, Fire Suppression, Search) and second place in the other two (Triage, Rescue).

 

NC Team

NC Team

The NC Team was six members representing five different CERT groups in NC including Caldwell County CERT. This was the first time they worked together. Members of the team were Samantha Royster, team leader, NC CERT Program Manager, and member of Apex CERT; Jay Royster–Apex CERT; Maggie Sloane–Orange County CERT; David Harris–Durham CERT; Randy Stark–Cary CERT; and Shirley Kanode–Caldwell County CERT.

The event was held at the National Guard’s Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a Joint Forces Training Center. Using buildings designed in configurations of model towns to train our various military branches, the seven CERT teams participated in five events for which they were observed and judged throughout the afternoon. Yes, July in southern Mississippi is very hot and humid, particularly wearing all our the CERT gear and packs! The teams were grateful for all the cold water provided.

 

Team leader, Samantha Royster

Team leader, Samantha Royster

The NC team members were excited and proud of their first place finish, but even more importantly, learned more about the various emergency skills that may be required of CERT members. Noteworthy was the emphasis the judges placed on safety and use of PPE (personal protective equipment of hard hats, work and exam gloves, goggles, and N95 masks.) Team organization, documentation, communication, and having someone assigned as a safety officer were also important components of the exercises. The experience we gained doing the exercises will be used to improve our CERT training in our respective home CERT teams.

 

Jay Royster, our ghost buster

Jay Royster, our ghost buster

NC CERT provided the van for the 12-hour drive to Hattiesburg, and Jay Royster provided NC CERT team t-shirts. The hosting CERT provided housing on base and meals for the participating teams, event t-shirts, medals, and mementos. David Nichols, mayor of Hattiesburg, CERT expert, and a force of nature, organized the event and took good care of everyone.

There were presentations Saturday morning about nationally-recognized programs for youth and teens created and implemented in Mississippi and online resources.

 

FEMA Webinar–Emergency Response Training for Houses of Worship

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FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division (ICPD) invites you to a webinar on Tuesday, July 19, which will feature ways houses of worship and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs can partner for emergency response training. The webinar will also highlight how these partnerships improve engagements with diverse communities and populations.

Title: Emergency Response Training Options for Houses of Worship

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

How to Join the Webinar:

This webinar will offer closed captioning. We hope that you will be able to join us on July 19!

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