Next CERT Club meeting–Thur, January 26

christmas-fruitsThere will be no CERT Club meeting in December. Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 26, 2017, 6:00-8:00, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Bldg, 2345 Morganton Blvd, Lenoir.

Send an email to to be added to the CERT Club distribution list to receive meeting minutes and agendas and to RSVP for meetings.

Everyone have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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CERT POD Class—Feb 18 in Lenoir

This is a great opportunity for Caldwell County CERT volunteers to be trained on how to assist at a Point of Distribution (POD) Operations Center in the event of a serious emergency. POD centers are deployed to distribute life-sustaining food, water, and supplies when normal channels of distribution are unavailable. Here is a FEMA video that describes the basic operations of a POD.

To register for this free class, go to the TERMS website.

Please note that the FEMA course, IS 26, “Guide to Points of Distribution”, is a required prerequisite to taking this class. You may take this class online at the FEMA training website.

Questions should be directed to the North Carolina CERT Program Manager, Samantha Royster:

Office: 919-825-2288

Mobile: 919-906-4941

Course Point of Distribution Site (POD) Operations (NC-POD02)
Description This course is designed to introduce students to the processes of setting up, operating, managing, and demobilizing a point of distribution (POD).
Date(s) Sat. Feb 18, 2017 12:00 – 5:00pm
Location Caldwell County EOC / Training Facility
2345 Morganton Blvd., Lenoir NC 28645
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Handicap Accessibility Yes WiFi Access  
Offered By North Carolina Division of Emergency Management
Primary Instructor Higginbotham, Aaron Scott
Additional Instructors Royster, Samantha
Course Length 4 hours CEUs  
Prerequisites IS-26, Assigned County Role
Maximum Participants 40 # Open Seats 34 # on Wait List 1
Offering Specific Information This course is particularly for CERT volunteers, but anyone is welcome. Participants must complete the online FEMA class IS-26 prior to coming to this class.


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Caldwell County Donations for Firefighters Shared in Gatlinburg

Bethel Colony Volunteers

Bethel Colony Volunteers

Caldwell County residents, businesses, schools, and churches generously donated thousands of items two weeks ago for use by the firefighters fighting wildfires in Burke, Watauga, and other areas around NC. As our fires were contained and firefighters were reassigned, we found we had a surplus of donations. The men at the Bethel Colony of Mercy stepped forward and volunteered to deliver the water, supplies, and gear left from Caldwell County donations to Gatlinburg for use by the firefighters and rescuers there. Thank you to all the people and groups who donated to help the men and women who have been fighting to save our forests, homes, and lives!

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