“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.


Caldwell Senior Center Emergency Preparedness Classes

CERT volunteers who are members of Caldwell County REACT, are going to present two basic workshops April 20 and 24th, 2:00-3:00, at the Caldwell Senior Center. Each session will cover different topics. April 20th will be emergency food storage and preparation, water storage and treatment, and maintaining hygiene and sanitation. April 24th we will discuss emergency home supplies, emergency kits, and communication/radios. To register, please call the Senior Center at 828-758-2883. The Senior Center is located at 650-A Pennton Avenue SW, Lenoir, NC.

Caldwell County REACT/CERT will have a table and information at the Senior Center Volunteer Fair on April 30, 3:30-5:00.

Active Shooter Training Exercise In Caldwell County

Caldwell County REACT members, trained CERT volunteers, participated as victims during a training exercise for the North Catawba Fire and Rescue and the Sheriff’s Office on the evening of March 26 at Baton Elementary School.

Thanks to the talent of Rosemary Hall and her team of moulage artists (special effects make-up), we looked the part of victims of violence. This provided the first responders an opportunity to practice in diagnosing, treating, and moving real people with real-looking wounds. Our REACT members spent 5 hours getting made up and participating as victims.

We were glad to have the opportunity to assist with this important project. We learned a lot and were impressed with the quality of response from the North Catawba Fire and Rescue staff and the Deputy Sheriffs.

Caldwell County REACT Called Out to Help After Storm

Curt and Hunter setting up cots.

October 23, 2017, southern Caldwell County was hit with tornadoes/bad wind storm damage the second time in less than two weeks uprooting trees, closing roads, and damaging and destroying homes. At 6:20 pm the CERT-trained volunteers of Caldwell County REACT was called into service by Kenneth Teague, Emergency Management Coordinator. Ten team members responded.

Two assisted by taking tarps and other emergency supplies to Grace Chapel Fire and Rescue which was in the middle of the destruction. Rosemary and Michaela Hall had to avoid several road hazards and take back road detours to get to the station.

Eight REACT members were deployed to South Caldwell High School to assist the Red Cross with unloading and setting up cots in the gymnasium which was being opened as an emergency shelter. Curt Hiller, Hunter Mise, Gary Dishman, Sabrina Laws, and Steve and Sherri Bogdan were among the REACT volunteers. Another REACT member, Dick Blumenstein, spent the evening assisting in his neighborhood clearing roads and driveways of fallen limbs and trees.

The REACT team reported back to the Emergency Operations Center for assignments and instructions for the next morning. Members will be assisting in the EOC and will accompany three damage assessment teams in Caldwell County areas damaged in the storm.

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