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.

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Preparing for Wildfires Webinar

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Greetings,

Are you prepared for a wildfire? To kick off the summer, FEMA’s Individual and Community Preparedness Division invites you to a webinar on Thursday, June 23, which will feature an array of dynamic nationwide programs and resources to prepare individuals and communities for wildfires.

Title: Ember Alert: Preparing for Wildfires

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Featured Speakers:                                 

·         Phyllis Krietz, United States Fire Administration, FEMA

·         Barbara Geringer, United States Forest Service

·         Mark Jackson, Branch of Wildland Fire Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs

·         Cathy Prudhomme, National Fire Protection Association

·         Christi Collins, Individual and Community Preparedness Division, FEMA

How to Join the Webinar:

·         Please register for the event using the Adobe Connect registration web link.

·         Be sure to test your Adobe Connect connection prior to the meeting.

·         This webinar will offer closed captioning.

We hope that you will be able to join us on June 23!

 

 

Hazardous Weather Outlook

EOC (Lenoir NC)

07:29 Hours

23° F

Winds 0-3 MPH out of the NW

30.15 and Falling ( Front Coming in)

Forecast is showing Snow.

Official NOAA (Below)

Today

Snow likely, mainly after 1pm. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Calm wind becoming south around 6 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 60%. Total daytime snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

Tonight

A chance of snow and freezing rain before 7pm, then a chance of freezing rain between 7pm and 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Light and variable wind. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

Thursday

A 20 percent chance of rain after 4pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 43. Light and variable wind.

Thursday Night

Rain and sleet likely before 1am, then snow and sleet between 1am and 2am, then snow after 2am. Low around 29. Calm wind becoming east around 5 mph after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow and sleet accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.

Friday

Snow before 11am, then snow and sleet between 11am and noon, then sleet after noon. High near 29. East northeast wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%.

Friday Night

Freezing rain likely before 9pm, then snow and sleet likely between 9pm and 10pm, then snow likely after 10pm. Cloudy, with a low around 28. Chance of precipitation is 70%.

 

Hazardous Weather Outlook

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG SC

555 AM EST WED JAN 20 2016

 

NCZ035>037-056-057-502-504-506-211100-

ALEXANDER-IREDELL-DAVIE-CATAWBA-ROWAN-GREATER CALDWELL-GREATER BURKE-

EASTERN MCDOWELL-

555 AM EST WED JAN 20 2016

 

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR PIEDMONT NORTH CAROLINA AND

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA.

 

.DAY ONE…TODAY AND TONIGHT.

 

LIGHT PRECIPITATION WILL DEVELOP ACROSS THE FOOTHILLS AND

NORTHWEST PIEDMONT OF NORTH CAROLINA THIS MORNING AND

AFTERNOON…MAINLY AS LIGHT SNOW. THE SNOW MAY TRANSITION BRIEFLY

TO A PERIOD OF LIGHT FREEZING RAIN LATE IN THE DAY OR THIS EVENING

BEFORE ENDING BEFORE MIDNIGHT. LESS THAN ONE INCH ACCUMULATION IS

EXPECTED BEFORE THE SNOW TAPERS OFF. PATCHES OF BLACK ICE SHOULD

BE EXPECTED LATE TONIGHT.

 

.DAYS TWO THROUGH SEVEN…THURSDAY THROUGH TUESDAY.

 

..THURSDAY…NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

..FRIDAY…WINTRY MIX LIKELY. A LARGE AND STRONG LOW PRESSURE

SYSTEM IS EXPECTED TO BRING PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW…SLEET…AND

FREEZING RAIN TO NORTH CAROLINA FOOTHILLS ON FRIDAY.

PRECIPITATION IS FORECAST TO TRANSITION TO FREEZING RAIN DURING

THE AFTERNOON AND EVENING. DAMAGING FREEZING RAIN ACCUMULATIONS

MOST LIKELY NORTH OF INTERSTATE 40.

..SATURDAY…SNOW POSSIBLE. A MID LEVEL DISTURBANCE WILL TRACK

ACROSS THE REGION FRIDAY NIGHT INTO SATURDAY MORNING. ACCUMULATING

SNOWFALL IS EXPECTED TO DEVELOP DURING THE MORNING HOURS AND

CONTINUE THROUGH THE DAY. IN ADDITION…COLD TEMPERATURES WILL

RESULT IN SLICK DRIVING CONDITIONS ON UNTREATED ROADS AND BRIDGES.

..SUNDAY…NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

..MONDAY…NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

..TUESDAY…NO HAZARDOUS WEATHER IS EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

 

.SPOTTER INFORMATION STATEMENT…

 

WEATHER SPOTTERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO REPORT SNOW AND ICE ACCUMULATIONS

TO THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE.

 

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NC CERT Fall Conference Report

Tony Sturey, Meteorologist

Tony Sturey, Meteorologist

The NC CERT Fall Conference was held Saturday, September 12, 2015, in Lenoir. The agenda included Tony Sturey, a meteorologist  from the National Weather Service, who spoke about the 2015-2016 winter weather outlook for North Carolina.

His conclusions were:

  • There is an 85 to greater than 90% probability that our winter weather will be affected by El Nino.El Nino 1
  • This means there is an increased chance of more severe winter storms including colder temperatures and increased precipitation including snow, sleet, ice, or rain.
  • The “wild card” in attempting to predict winter weather is “Arctic Oscilation” or Arctic Vortex, which can occur with only a week or two warning bringing severe cold and winter storms.

Tony illustrated the different conditions resulting in rain, snow, sleet, and rain, the dangers of black and white ice and the conditions under which they form.

Margie Mansure, Extension Agent

Margie Mansure, Extension Agent

Margie Mansure, Watauga County Extension Agent for Nutrition and Foods, described preparations and measures to take in the event of a power outage to provide safe food for your family and alternative methods of cooking. It is common to lose power during winter storms in North Carolina resulting from broken tree limbs, ice, and wind. In addition to losing power to refrigerators and freezers, those with well water can lose power to run their pump. Her handout covers her discussion points well.

Margie emphasized the importance of preparing ahead of time for these type of emergencies. She explained that perishable food can spoil at temperatures above 40 degrees for 2 hours or more. If you are unsure if food is safe during a power outage or afterwards, discard it.

Freezers and refrigerators will remain cold much longer if the doors are not opened. Freezers are more efficient when kept full. Freezing containers of water and storing them in the freezer will help the freezer operate more efficiently and keep your food cold longer in an emergency. It can also provide you emergency water.

Power Outage Handout

Samantha and Jay RoysterSamantha Royster, NC CERT Program Manager, and her husband, Jay, were there from Raleigh to host the event. She reported on the activities of NC CERT and led a discussion of the group about future programs.

Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator, welcomed the attendees and provided the meeting location and refreshments.

There were representatives from several communities including Caldwell County, Matthews, Charlotte, Gastonia, and Hickory.

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The ABCs of Back-to-School Preparedness

The ABCs of Back-to-School Preparedness

Hey parents and caregivers! Disasters can strike even when your child is away at school, so it is important to have plans in place so you can connect during an emergency. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), preparing your child for emergencies that may happen during the school day is as easy as A-B-C.

The CDC lists three steps you should take to protect your child:

A: Ask how you will be reunited with your child in an emergency or evacuation;

B: Bring extra medications, special food, or supplies your child will need if you are separated overnight; and

C: Complete a backpack card and tuck one in your child’s backpack and your wallet.

To learn more, visit emergency.cdc.gov/children. You can also download and complete the Family Emergency Communication Plan now available from America’s PrepareAthon!

Reprinted from FEMA e-brief, September 10, 2015.

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Search and Rescue Skills Training–November 7

Fall in the hills

Fall in the hills

Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator, will host a Search and Rescue (SAR) class including map reading, tracking, water purification, building a shelter and backpack, and how to use the equipment. All CERT members are encouraged to attend to brush up on our wilderness survival skills, have a good time with fellow CERT members, and learn life-saving skills. A cook-out will follow the class.

When:  Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

To Register:  Contact me at caldwellcountycert@gmail.com to register and receive the class location which will be in eastern Caldwell County.