Hazardous Material Exercise at Happy Valley School

CERT Moulage artists Rosemary and Michaela Hall with "victim" Curt Hiller

CERT Moulage artists Rosemary and Michaela Hall with “victim” Curt Hiller

Friday afternoon, October 28, 2o16, a hazardous material/school evacuation exercise was organized by the Caldwell County Emergency Management Office. This was a multi-agency training exercise including the Patterson Volunteer Fire Department, Yadkin Valley Volunteer Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services, Happy Valley School staff, the Caldwell County School District, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Department, Caldwell Memorial Hospital, Blue Ridge Energies, Lenoir Amateur Radio Club, Caldwell County CERT, and the Hibriten Fire Academy. Specialized Consulting assisted with the design and evaluation of the exercise.

The scenario was the crash of a propane tanker truck on the road next to  Happy Valley School resulting in a significant propane leak and injuries. In reality, it was an early release day for the students of Happy Valley School, so no children were at the site of the exercise. The purpose of the training exercise was to contain the release and damage of the propane gas to people and the environment, safe and timely evacuation and reunification of school students and staff, and treatment and transport of injured victims.

A “hot wash” debriefing followed the exercise at the Patterson Fire Department. Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Officer, described the exercise as a successful demonstration of the expertise and training of those involved, and an opportunity to learn.

Caldwell County CERT volunteers participated in event communications through Lenoir Amateur Radio Club, moulage artistry to make victims appear realistically injured, victims, and photographic documentation of the event.

CERT Club Meeting Reminder

T2016-09-29-first-club-photohis is a reminder of the club formed by CERT-trained volunteers to insure we are prepared to help ourselves, families, and neighbors during any disaster. The next meeting is Thursday, 6:00-8:00 pm, October 27, 2016, at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir. Send an RSVP to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

There will be a presentation about bleeding control with tourniquet techniques with quest speaker Tarran Berry from Caldwell County EMS.

We also encourage members to bring tools, books, or equipment related to emergency preparedness and CERT to the meeting to share with the group.

CERT Volunteers Needed for Haz Mat Exercise

Firefighters 3Volunteers are needed for various roles including playing victims at a hazardous materials disaster exercise on Friday, October 28, 1:00-4:00 pm, Happy Valley School. This is an early release day for students at the school, but the exercise will be held to train and assess first responders and school staff in the event of a disaster requiring mitigation of hazardous materials, treatment of victims, and evacuation of students. This is a good opportunity for CERT-trained volunteers to participate and observe emergency management in action.

To volunteer, send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

New Caldwell County CERT Club Forming

The Caldwell County CERT Club’s first meeting will be Thursday, September 29, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building. To RSVP, please send an email to caldwellcountycert@gmail.com.

The purpose of the CERT Club is to provide an opportunity for Caldwell

Rosemary and Michaela Hall

Rosemary and Michaela Hall

trained CERT volunteers to

  • remain active in CERT contributing to the safety of ourselves, our families, and our community during disasters,
  • enhance our training and experience in a wide variety of emergency-related skills,
  • assist with sharing emergency preparedness information with people in our community,
  • provide support and assistance to our emergency first responders.

We hope you will join us at our first meeting to provide input into the organization and functions of the CERT Club. Even if you haven’t participated in CERT for awhile, this is an opportunity to get acquainted with other CERT volunteers and renew your skills.

Here is our preliminary agenda.

AGENDA

Time:   Thursday, September 29, 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.

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Overview of the Caldwell County Emergency Operations Plan, disaster resources available, role of and goals for CERT—Kenneth Teague
  3. Training/program priorities
  4. CERT Club meeting schedule
  5. Potential CERT Club teams
    • Firefighter Rehabilitation
    • Communications—communications plan, equipment, private Yahoo group page or FB page for club members
    • Recruitment– CERT members and CERT teams (churches, employers, civic clubs, etc.)
    • Training and Programming
    • Publicity and Events
    • Other?

Join us at the CERT Club and become part of a great team!

New Caldwell County CERT Club Meeting Sept 29

Practicing in CPR class

Practicing in CPR class

The Caldwell County CERT Club needs you! The first meeting will be Thursday, September 29, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building. To RSVP, please send an email to caldwellcountycert@gmail.com.

The purpose of the CERT Club is to provide an opportunity for Caldwell County trained CERT volunteers to

  • remain active in CERT contributing to the safety of ourselves, our families, and our community during disasters,
  • enhance our training and experience in a wide variety of emergency-related skills,
  • assist with sharing emergency preparedness information with people in our community,
  • provide support and assistance to our emergency first responders.

We hope you will join us at our first meeting to provide input into the organization and functions of the CERT Club. Even if you haven’t participated in CERT for awhile, this is an opportunity to get acquainted with other CERT volunteers and renew your skills.

Here is our preliminary agenda.

AGENDA

Time:   Thursday, September 29, 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.

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Overview of the Caldwell County Emergency Operations Plan, disaster resources available, role of and goals for CERT—Kenneth Teague
  3. Training/program priorities
  4. CERT Club meeting schedule
  5. Potential CERT Club teams
    • Firefighter Rehabilitation
    • Communications—communications plan, equipment, private Yahoo group page or FB page for club members
    • Recruitment– CERT members and CERT teams (churches, employers, civic clubs, etc.)
    • Training and Programming
    • Publicity and Events
    • Other?

Join us at the CERT Club and become part of a great team!

New Caldwell County CERT Club Forming

Collapsed wall class 3The Caldwell County CERT Club’s first meeting will be Thursday, September 29, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building. To RSVP, please send an email to caldwellcountycert@gmail.com.

The purpose of the CERT Club is to provide an opportunity for Caldwell County trained CERT volunteers to

  • remain active in CERT contributing to the safety of ourselves, our families, and our community during disasters,
  • enhance our training and experience in a wide variety of emergency-related skills,
  • assist with sharing emergency preparedness information with people in our community,
  • provide support and assistance to our emergency first responders.

We hope you will join us at our first meeting to provide input into the organization and functions of the CERT Club. Even if you haven’t participated in CERT for awhile, this is an opportunity to get acquainted with other CERT volunteers and renew your skills.

Here is our preliminary agenda.

AGENDA

Time:   Thursday, September 29, 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.

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Overview of the Caldwell County Emergency Operations Plan, disaster resources available, role of and goals for CERT—Kenneth Teague
  3. Training/program priorities
  4. CERT Club meeting schedule
  5. Potential CERT Club teams
    • Firefighter Rehabilitation (See attachment)
    • Communications—communications plan, equipment, private Yahoo group page or FB page for club members
    • Recruitment– CERT members and CERT teams (churches, employers, civic clubs, etc.)
    • Training and Programming (See attachment of 2016 training)
    • Publicity and Events
    • Other?

Join us at the CERT Club and become part of a great team!

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club Newsletter Highlights CERT

LARC newslette coverr-8-2016Thank you Roberta Maddox and the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club (LARC) for including CERT in your activities and newsletter. There are many photos of our CERT classes and a good article by the LARC president, Tanner Greer, about testing for your HAM license and license upgrades. Our July CERT class members even made the cover! We are happy to have so many LARC members in Caldwell County CERT.

LARC newsletter-8-2016C

NC Wins Gold in Southeast CERT Olympics in Mississippi!

Gold MedalSaturday a North Carolina CERT team won the Gold for its first place finish as best overall team in the Region IV CERT Conference and Exercise. It also won first place medals in three out of five individual events (Cribbing, Fire Suppression, Search) and second place in the other two (Triage, Rescue).

 

NC Team

NC Team

The NC Team was six members representing five different CERT groups in NC including Caldwell County CERT. This was the first time they worked together. Members of the team were Samantha Royster, team leader, NC CERT Program Manager, and member of Apex CERT; Jay Royster–Apex CERT; Maggie Sloane–Orange County CERT; David Harris–Durham CERT; Randy Stark–Cary CERT; and Shirley Kanode–Caldwell County CERT.

The event was held at the National Guard’s Camp Shelby near Hattiesburg, Mississippi, a Joint Forces Training Center. Using buildings designed in configurations of model towns to train our various military branches, the seven CERT teams participated in five events for which they were observed and judged throughout the afternoon. Yes, July in southern Mississippi is very hot and humid, particularly wearing all our the CERT gear and packs! The teams were grateful for all the cold water provided.

 

Team leader, Samantha Royster

Team leader, Samantha Royster

The NC team members were excited and proud of their first place finish, but even more importantly, learned more about the various emergency skills that may be required of CERT members. Noteworthy was the emphasis the judges placed on safety and use of PPE (personal protective equipment of hard hats, work and exam gloves, goggles, and N95 masks.) Team organization, documentation, communication, and having someone assigned as a safety officer were also important components of the exercises. The experience we gained doing the exercises will be used to improve our CERT training in our respective home CERT teams.

 

Jay Royster, our ghost buster

Jay Royster, our ghost buster

NC CERT provided the van for the 12-hour drive to Hattiesburg, and Jay Royster provided NC CERT team t-shirts. The hosting CERT provided housing on base and meals for the participating teams, event t-shirts, medals, and mementos. David Nichols, mayor of Hattiesburg, CERT expert, and a force of nature, organized the event and took good care of everyone.

There were presentations Saturday morning about nationally-recognized programs for youth and teens created and implemented in Mississippi and online resources.

 

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club Field Day Report

CERT 1Ten CERT volunteers pitched in this weekend to help set up two emergency shelters and two awning tents for use by members of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club (LARC) for their annual 24-hour Field Day. The event was held at Redwood Park in Hudson, NC. LARC joined clubs across the nation in staying online and on the air with the goal of making as many contacts as they can for points, educate the public about HAM radios, and prepare to be able to assist their communities during disasters. Several LARC members are also members of CERT. Caldwell County Emergency Management and CERT are happy to be of assistance to these valuable members of the community.

Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator and the following CERT volunteers assisted this weekend.

Mark Barrera

Sherri Bogdan

Steve Bogdan

Joey Holsclaw

Lissa Holsclaw

Phyllis Huntley

Ted Huntley

Irv Kanode

Shirley Kanode

John Simms

 

Emergency Shelter Deployment Training at Radio Club Field Day

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Caldwell County CERT has two mobile, 12′ x 16′ shelters available for use during emergencies. It is quick to deploy and includes heat and air conditioning. On June 25 and 26 the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club will use one or two of the shelters for their annual, international Field Day. We are going to use this opportunity to train CERT members how to set up the shelter and take it down. The first class that did it took 30 minutes to set it up. The time was reduced to 15 or 20 minutes the second time we did it last year on Field Day.

This will give you hands-on practice in putting up the shelter in the event we are needed to set up the shelters during a disaster. This is also a good opportunity to support our local Ham Radio Club.

All CERT members are encouraged to attend.

The Radio Club has invited CERT volunteers to share their Saturday evening dinner on June 25 at Redwood Park in Hudson.

Rolling up windowShelter set-up time:

8:00 am, Saturday, June 25, 2o16

Dinner: Saturday evening. Time to be announced.

Shelter take-down time:

2:00 pm, Sunday, June 26, 2016

Location:

Redwood Park, 470 Redwood St., Hudson, NC

To register:

Send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com with your name, email, phone number, and whether you will attend Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon, or both. Also RSVP for the dinner if you wish to attend.