Hazardous Material Exercise at Happy Valley School

CERT Moulage artists Rosemary and Michaela Hall with "victim" Curt Hiller

CERT Moulage artists Rosemary and Michaela Hall with “victim” Curt Hiller

Friday afternoon, October 28, 2o16, a hazardous material/school evacuation exercise was organized by the Caldwell County Emergency Management Office. This was a multi-agency training exercise including the Patterson Volunteer Fire Department, Yadkin Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, Happy Valley School staff, the Caldwell County School District, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department, Caldwell Memorial Hospital, Blue Ridge Energies, Lenoir Amateur Radio Club, Caldwell County CERT, and the Hibriten Fire Academy. Specialized Consulting assisted with the design and evaluation of the exercise.

The scenario was the crash of a propane tanker truck on the road next to  Happy Valley School resulting in a significant propane leak and injuries. In reality, it was an early release day for the students of Happy Valley School, so no children were at the site of the exercise. The purpose of the training exercise was to contain the release and damage of the propane gas to people and the environment, safe and timely evacuation and reunification of school students and staff, and treatment and transport of injured victims.

A “hot wash” debriefing followed the exercise at the Patterson Fire Department. Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Officer, described the exercise as a successful demonstration of the expertise and training of those involved, and an opportunity to learn.

Caldwell County CERT volunteers participated in event communications through Lenoir Amateur Radio Club, moulage artistry to make victims appear realistically injured, victims, and photographic documentation of the event.

CERT Club Meeting Reminder

T2016-09-29-first-club-photohis is a reminder of the club formed by CERT-trained volunteers to insure we are prepared to help ourselves, families, and neighbors during any disaster. The next meeting is Thursday, 6:00-8:00 pm, October 27, 2016, at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir. Send an RSVP to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

There will be a presentation about bleeding control with tourniquet techniques with quest speaker Tarran Berry from Caldwell County EMS.

We also encourage members to bring tools, books, or equipment related to emergency preparedness and CERT to the meeting to share with the group.

CERT Basic Training Class for New Members

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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. 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.

The last basic CERT class this year will be on November 1, 3, 5, 8, and 10, 6:00-9:00 pm except Saturday, 10:00 am-1:00 pm, Health and Human Services Bldg, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC.

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.


CERT Volunteers Needed for Haz Mat Exercise

Firefighters 3Volunteers are needed for various roles including playing victims at a hazardous materials disaster exercise on Friday, October 28, 1:00-4:00 pm, Happy Valley School. This is an early release day for students at the school, but the exercise will be held to train and assess first responders and school staff in the event of a disaster requiring mitigation of hazardous materials, treatment of victims, and evacuation of students. This is a good opportunity for CERT-trained volunteers to participate and observe emergency management in action.

To volunteer, send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

Incident Command System Class (ICS 200)

ICS Class 2An ICS 200 class (Initial Action Incident and Incident Command System for Single Resources) will be held on October 18th and 20th at 6:00 pm. You must attend both days. The prerequisite for this class is ICS 100, Introduction to Incident Command System. These classes and the tests are available on the FEMA website. The ICS 100 and 200 classes are recommended for all CERT members.

To register, contact Kenneth Teague at kteague@caldwellcountync.org.

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