“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


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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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.

New CERT Class in Lenoir Learns Cribbing

Thirteen people will graduate this week from Basic CERT Training in Caldwell County. They did a great job yesterday evening on their search and rescue module that includes cribbing and rescuing 2 victims. They admirably filled the roles of incident commander, record-keeper, safety officer, medical officer, lever operators, and cribbers. Tonight they will learn to use fire extinguishers and utility controls.

CERT Basic Class Ends Monday

Their paper tower fell again!

Monday, October 16, 2017, will be the last meeting of the CERT Basic Class in Caldwell County. We have 8 attendees including all ages and physical abilities. They have been a motivated class with a variety of qualifications and experiences.

Here are pictures of the class during different activities. Our instructors look forward to their attendance at future, advanced classes. Our instructors for this class are Rosemary Hall, Shirley Kanode, Kenny Hall, and Mark Barrera. REACT members Curt and Maria Hiller attended and assisted at some of the classes.

Congratulations to our new CERT members Nancy Green, Hunter Mise, Helen Pylant, Linda Watson, and Dale Woodruff. Three people have already taken CERT Basic Training but are making up missed classes or returning for a refresher–Barbara Busch, Sherri Bogdan,  and Steve Bogdan.

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