CERT POD Class Held Saturday in Lenoir

POD Exercise

POD Exercise

Caldwell County hosted a CERT class for volunteers to learn about staffing a POD (Point of Distribution) that is a model used for distributing critical supplies to the public in the event of a serious disaster when normal channels of food and water distribution are interrupted. PODs were used last fall in the flooded areas of North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

There were 6 Caldwell County CERT members in class joined by people from Winston-Salem to Asheville. The class was taught by Samantha Royster, NC CERT Program Manager from Raleigh.

Two POD kits were transported here for the class to see the equipment and gear provided by the state of North Carolina and to use in an exercise. Each kit includes personal protective gear such as hard hats, reflective vests, and gloves. In addition, the kits have traffic cones, whistles, flags, flashlights, and garbage cans. If a POD is deployed, semi-trailer trucks would transport the needed water, pre-packaged meals (MREs), and tarps that would be distributed to each family.

The POD system is designed to provide an organized, fast, safe distribution of critical aid in times of an emergency. Trained CERT volunteers would be a valuable resource in helping to staff PODS in Caldwell County if needed.

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Caldwell County REACT Team Forming

Keith Smith-Steve BogdanTo become a charter member of the Caldwell County REACT team, attend our next organizational meeting on Wednesday, February 15, 6:00 pm at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building. Enter through the back door, employee entrance. Let us know if you cannot arrive by 6 pm.

We will vote for officers, approve by-laws that have been drafted by the By-laws Committee, and choose a logo drafted by one of our members, Mark Barrera. I plan on taking photos for our ID cards.

Our REACT members are required to have completed CERT Basic Training. Annual dues of $25 are required for REACT International which will include $1 million liability insurance for each member.

Membership Dues:      1st family member: $25

2nd family member or Junior member: $20

All additional family members: $10

Checks should be payable to Caldwell County REACT.

At our last meeting, a motion was passed to create the “Caldwell County REACT” chapter. We will be affiliated with REACT International, an organization begun in the 1960’s that supports community teams that encourage and provide emergency radio communications as well as:

“Many REACT Teams go beyond just communications and provide services such as traffic and parking control, search and rescue support, assistance with large public events, helping with safety breaks along roadways, help monitor traffic flow, assist with their local emergency management offices, law enforcement and also some participate in the Skywarn program of storm spotters.”

The Caldwell County REACT team will provide us the group status that will allow us to be deployed for community emergencies. We will work in collaboration with and support other groups such as the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club, other CERT teams, our local emergency management and first responders. We will continue to emphasize and provide CERT training to our members and the community.

 

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CERT Local Training Classes

Class 2Upcoming Training for CERT members–POD training, Map and Compass Reading, ICS 400, Wilderness Search and Rescue Class, and NC CERT State Conference.

There is no charge for these classes. The CERT Basic Training course is a prerequisite for attendance at these classes.

1. February 18, Saturday, Point of Distribution (POD) Training

NC CERT will be providing training on the POD system used for distribution of emergency food and supplies in the event of a community disaster disrupting the normal supply chain. This is a valuable service that, if trained, our members could be used to organize and staff POD centers in Caldwell County.

The training is on Saturday, February 18, 12:00-5:00, at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, Lenoir, NC.

Registration is on the state TERMS site.

If you are not already a registered TERMS user, you will need to sign in here before you can register for a class. The link to TERMS registration is on the upper right of the page.

The POD class has a prerequisite of the online POD class and test. It is interesting and worth the time. Here is a link to the IS-26 class.

This video is a short overview of the POD system.

2.  February 21, 2017, Tuesday, 7 pm—Map and Compass Reading

Kings Creek Fire Department

Maps and compasses will be provided for the training. To register, call Kenneth Teague at 828-757-1419.

3.  February 25 and 26, 8:00 to 5:00. ICS-400 – Advanced Incident Command System Command and General Staff – Complex Incidents

Grace Chapel Volunteer Fire Department
4547 Grace Chapel Road, Granite Falls NC 28630

ICS 100, 200, and 300 are prerequisites. Register on the TERMS website.

4.  March 4, 2017, Saturday, 10:00 to 3:00—Wilderness Search & Rescue Class (Registration required—maximum of 20-25 CERT participants. Lunch provided.)

Kings Creek (address will be provided to those who register)

The class will include a session on how to build an emergency shelter. Participants should bring an 8 x 10 ft. tarp.

To register, call Kenneth Teague at 828-757-1419.

5.  May 20, 2017, Saturday, 9:00—NC CERT State Conference (More information to follow—please put this date on your calendar.)

Morganton, NC

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