CERT-Trained Volunteers–Membership Drive For Caldwell County REACT

MESSAGE TO ALL CERT-TRAINED VOLUNTEERS! Have you attended the CERT Basic Training Course and are interested in being more active in your community?
Membership in Caldwell County REACT is required for CERT volunteers, unaffiliated with another organization, to participate in disaster call-outs and community events. We are having a membership drive RIGHT NOW.

Join now and your membership will be active for all of 2019. Requirements for membership is attendance at a CERT Basic Training course; $25 membership fee ($40 per couple) to REACT International providing a $1 million liability policy per person; and a criminal background check. If you want to further your training in emergency preparedness, contribute to your community during emergencies, and have fun with some interesting people, send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations.

Our next meeting is December 6, 6:30 pm in Lenoir at the Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd. SW. Let us know if you would like to attend as a guest.

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DUKE GRANT GOES TO CALDWELL COUNTY REACT FOR HURRICANE FLORENCE AID

This little evacuee shows her appreciation

Monday, September 17, Caldwell County REACT learned they received a $1,500 grant from Duke Energy to purchase additional cots for use in Caldwell County emergency shelters. Duke announced Sunday that grant assistance was available for non-profits working to help with issues related to Hurricane Florence. Grant announcement on Sunday, grant awarded on Monday. Wow!

Caldwell County REACT assists residents during disasters, supports first responders, and educates the public about disaster preparedness.

Members donated over 200 hours on one weekend serving the community during the storm. They served in the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the emergency shelter at West Caldwell High School where 13 people and 3 pets took refuge. REACT volunteers set up the cots, helped monitor the shelter 24 hours a day while it remained open, and put it away when the shelter closed Monday. They staffed radio communications as joint members of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club in the EOC and shelter.

Caldwell County REACT provides free disaster preparedness training. Members will teach a free Basic CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class, October 15-25, for six evenings, 6:00-9:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in Lenoir. Caldwell County REACT volunteers are required to be CERT trained. For more information or to register, send an email to caldwellcountycert@gmail.com. Find Caldwell County REACT and Caldwell County CERT on Facebook and their website, https://caldwellcountycert.com/.

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“When Disaster Strikes!” Part 2–Shelter, Emergency Kits, Communication

CERT-trained volunteers of Caldwell County REACT are presenting a free class on disaster preparedness to the community.

WHEN: Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 -7:45 pm

LOCATION: LDS Church, 1775 Connelly Springs Rd., Lenoir.

TO REGISTER: Email caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com

LARC Field Day–June 23-24

Generator and Light Tower

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club members during annual Field Day

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Caldwell County REACT is proud to have several of our most active CERT-trained volunteers who are also members of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club (LARC). Their expertise with emergency radio communications including ham radios are useful skills during and following disasters. Stop by at Field Day and learn how easy it is to get started. Here is a note from the LARC president.

Local amateur radio operators are a critical support group for Caldwell County.  In addition to providing communications support for many community activities, such as cycle races and runs, these unpaid volunteers support the emergency communications needs of Caldwell County Emergency Management during disasters and other emergency situations.  The local radio club also provides three large footprint radio repeaters for public use where emergency information is broadcast and citizens are able to communicate with the outside world when other means fail.

Once a year, the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club and area radio operators gather in a public location to demonstrate emergency communications capabilities and disaster readiness.  This year’s event will be held at Redwood Park, 470 Redwood St, Hudson, for a 24-hour period beginning at 2 PM, Saturday, June 23 until 2 PM, Sunday, June 24.  During this 24-hour period, over 40,000 radio operators in the US and Canada will be operating entirely on emergency power using all modes of communication—Morse code, VHF, UHF, HF and digital.

I cordially invite you to come by Redwood Park in Hudson to see for yourself the dedication of the unique group of local citizens.  Additionally, you can sit down at one of the radio stations and “get on the air” and make a few contacts with others in the state, nationally or worldwide.  I hope you will plan to join us.

John Crowe AG4ZL, President

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club

“When Disaster Stikes!” 2 Free Classes this Summer

Caldwell County is susceptible to many hazards including tornadoes, floods, winter storms, earthquakes, wildfires, power outages, and hazardous material spills. Keep yourself and your family safe. Learn some basic disaster planning skills from volunteers of the Caldwell County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).

When: Wednesday, June 20 and Wednesday, July 18, 6:30 to 7:45 pm.

Where: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1775 Connelly Springs Road, Lenoir, NC (Everyone is welcome to attend.)

Registration: Send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com with your name and date(s) you want to attend. There is no charge.

June 20, 6:30-7:45 pm

July 18, 6:30-7:45 pmThis program is sponsored by Caldwell County REACT and supported by a grant from Blue Ridge Energy Foundation.

 

Basic CERT Class Scheduled in June and October

Mark Barrera teaches Search and Rescue

LEARN HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, YOUR FAMILY AND YOUR NEIGHBORS IN A DISASTER.

CERT Basic Training classes are scheduled for June 18-28 and October 15-25 in Lenoir at the Health and Human Services building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW. The course agendas are listed below. The classes are free and will be held for 6 evenings from 6:00-9:00.

To register send an email to caldwellcountycert@gmail.com with your full name, address, phone number, and whether you want to attend the June or October class.

A Blue Ridge Energy Foundation grant helps support this program.

 

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