Caldwell County Donates for Wildfire Firefighters

kimberly-in-truckA donation center was opened on Wednesday at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW. to be open until Saturday, November 19, 1:00-6:00 pm to collect supplies for the crews fighting the wildfires in Burke County and around NC. Caldwell County residents have been very responsive to the request to donate. Businesses, individuals, elementary school students and staff, employee groups, county employees, and church groups have used our donation drop-off.

Volunteers from CERT, Bethel Colony of Mercy, and Kings Creek Fire Corp are staffing the drop-off location unloading donations, keeping inventory, packing and organizing like items, and preparing items for distribution and storage. Friday was our busiest day so far. Thanks to all the people making donations and the volunteers helping them!

This is the list of needed items:

  • Beef Jerky
  • Wool Caps/Toboggans
  • Bandanas
  • Energy Bars
  • Bottled Water (16oz) (We have had some large, commercial donations of water, so water is not needed right now.)
  • Gatorade (12 or 16 oz)
  • Socks, medium to large size work or boot socks
  • Travel Size Hand Wipes
  • Travel Size Hand Lotion
  • Travel Size Gold Bond Foot Powder
  • Work Gloves
  • Saline Eye Drops
  • Lip Balm
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Donations being accepted for NC firefighters

bethel-colonyToday CERT members and volunteers from Bethel Colony worked with Kenneth Teague, Emergency Management Coordinator, to collect and organize donations for the men and women who are fighting the numerous NC wildfires. We will continue to take donations Thursday and Friday, November 17-18, from 1:00 to 6:00 pm, at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir. Look for the semi-truck trailer in the field in front of the building. There will be people available to unload your car or truck.

Due to the overwhelming community support, we ask that donations be limited to ONLY the following items at this time:

  • Beef Jerky
  • Wool Caps/Toboggans
  • Bandanas
  • Energy Bars
  • Bottled Water (16oz)
  • Gatorade (12 or 16 oz)
  • Socks, medium to large size work or boot socks
  • Travel Size Hand Wipes
  • Travel Size Hand Lotion
  • Travel Size Gold Bond Foot Powder
  • Work Gloves
  • Saline Eye Drops
  • Lip Balm

CERT Volunteers Needed This Week–Assist with Donations for Firefighters

We need 4 CERT volunteers today, Wednesday, Nov.16, Thursday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Nov. 18, from 1:00 to 6:00 at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, NC.

We will be accepting and inventorying donations being made to firefighters who are working to suppress wildfires in Burke County. There will be a truck in the parking lot to load the donations. We will have people there who can do any necessary lifting.

Please let me know immediately if you can work any of the 3 shifts, or even a partial shift. You can email me at caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com or call me/text my cell phone, 828- 729- 5223. Your help will be appreciated.

This is the list of items being solicited.

“Due to the overwhelming community support our County staff and firefighting personnel have received, we ask that donations be limited to ONLY the following items at this time:”

  • beef jerky
  • wool caps/toboggans
  • bandanas
  • energy bars
  • bottled water (16 oz.)
  • Gatorade (12 or 16 oz.)
  • socks
  • travel size hand wipes
  • travel size hand lotion
  • travel size Gold Bond foot powder
  • handwarmer gloves

Shirley Kanode, CERT Volunteer

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Amateur Radio Technician License Exam Class

In January 2017 there will be a class for people wishing to take the exam for a ham radio technician license at the Foothills Community Workshop, Granite Falls, NC., dates to be determined. There is no charge for the class, but there is a small fee for the technician license exam that follows the classes. If you are interested in attending this class, contact Michelle for additional information at GMS@foothillscommunityworkshop.org or 828-754-5002.

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CERT Club Updates

bleeding-control-classCERT Club October Meeting

(Anyone who has attended the CERT Basic Training is invited.)

The program at the October meeting was “Bleeding Control with Tourniquet Techniques”–Terran Berry, Caldwell County EMS

Class material is based on Hartford Consensus III, College of Surgeons, How to Stop preventable deaths by hemorrhage. “Everyone can save a life.” http://c.ymcdn.com/sites/www.traumacenters.org/resource/resmgr/News_documents_/TCCC_Jacobs_HCS_III_ACS_Bull.pdf

Highlights included:

  • Don’t raise legs of a hemorrhaging victim.
  • When using pressure to stop bleeding, do not use your palm or whole hand. Use two fingers directly to the wound to stop bleeding which produces much stronger pressure.
  • If a tourniquet is applied, do not release it. Leave it on until medical treatment is received.
  • Terran demonstrated various types of tourniquets. His favorite is Soft-T wide.
  • He also demonstrated other types of bandages including Oales pressure bandage, Hyfin Vent Chest Seal, and Russel Chest Seal.

November CERT Club meeting

Time:   Thursday, November 17, 2016

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Location:          Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345, Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, NC. Enter at back of building in employee entrance.

The program will include a discussion of emergency water storage and treatment, club organization, including liability insurance and acquiring 501c3 status to allow for donations and fundraising. Please RSVP to CaldwellCountyCERT@gmail.com.