LARC’s Amateur Radio Winter Field Day 2018

This weekend (January 27-28, 2018) Dick Blumenstein and Roberta Maddox will be hosting the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club’s 2018 Winter Field Day at 4924 Rio De Luna.  This event is a worldwide activity where amateur radio operators setup and operate in whatever “winter weather conditions” are happening during that 24-hours to demonstrate their capability to support disaster and emergency situations.  Dick and Roberta are CERT-trained volunteers, and Dick is Vice President of Caldwell County REACT.

Starting at 9 AM Saturday, they will set-up Lenoir Amateur Radio Club Communications and Antenna trailers and radio equipment and at 2 PM operations start. They will power down at 9 PM and startup again on Sunday morning at 9 AM until 2 PM.

They will operate “off the grid” on alternate power (generator and/or solar) as they would in a situation where commercial power is down.  Radio operations involve testing our equipment capabilities by contacting as many US states, Canadian provinces, and amateur radio stations located in countries worldwide as possible.

The “radio team” that will be operating during this Winter Field Day event provides ongoing support to the Caldwell County Emergency Operations Center and were activated this past year to support Caldwell’s communications and weather operations for Hurricane Irma, and the 2 tornadoes that hit Caldwell County.  The emergency communications assistance that our amateur radio volunteers provide is crucial to our emergency preparedness.

You are invited to drop by the cul-de-sac and talk a little “radio”.  Come check us out!

Directions to 4924 Rio De Luna, Hickory FROM Hwy 321:

-Take Hwy 321 South to Grace Chapel Rd (from Lenoir)

-Turn Left on Grace Chapel Rd

-Turn Right on Rocky Mount Rd (at Church with digital sign, not at service station)

-Immediate Left turn on Petra Mill Rd

-Turn Right at Icard Dam Rd

-Turn Right on Crystal Falls Ave (immediately before bridge)

-Turn Right on Rio De Luna and continue to end of road

-4924 Rio De Luna is on left (lakeside) on cul-de-sac

*****YOU WON’T MISS THE LARC TRAILERS*****

Ro K4HRM & Dick K0CAT

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Emergency Kits Class Report

Caldwell County REACT, a group of CERT-trained volunteers, conducted a class on Saturday, September 9, 2017, for the public and its members on what to include in an emergency kit in your home, car, and as a go bag. Mark Barrera organized the event as a recognition of September as national preparedness month. It happened to coincide with Hurricane Irma impacting our county on Monday and Tuesday.

Mark described the items to include in a basic emergency kit and how to build on it displaying a variety of kits he uses. Other REACT team members, Shirley Kanode, Irv, and Rosemary Hall,  displayed their various emergency kits. They demonstrated CERT bags, home shelter-in-place supplies, vehicle kit, search and rescue bag, a kit for volunteer deployment during a disaster, and a communications kit for amateur radio operators.

Participants were encouraged to register for the Caldwell County Code Red notification system.

For those not yet CERT-trained, they were invited to attend our next schedule CERT Basic Course in Lenoir.

Topics covered will include disaster preparedness, CERT incident command structure, emergency first aid and triage, minor fire suppression and utility controls, search and rescue including cribbing, disaster psychology, and terrorism and CERT. Participants will receive a comprehensive manual. The training includes classroom instruction, case studies and exercises, and hands-on practice. Additional follow-up training on various other topics is available monthly.

CERT Basic Training Course will be held in Lenoir, NC on the following dates. You must attend each day. We welcome individuals of all abilities.

October 9, 10, 12, 16, 6:00-9:00 pm

October 14, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

LOCATION:  3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, NC. There is no charge for this training.

TO REGISTER: Send an email with your name, email address, phone number, and address to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com. You may also register on the NC state training website, TERMS.

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Build Your Emergency Bag Class and Demonstration

Everyone is invited! This event is part of our recognition of September’s National Preparedness Month sponsored by FEMA and CERT, Community Emergency Response Team.

A variety of emergency kits, go-bags, and bug-out bags will be on display and explained. You will be provided with lists of items to include, sources for equipment, and 10 mistakes to avoid when preparing an emergency kit for your family. A basic, 3-day kit is a necessity for every family. Come to class and learn some money-saving tips.

This is a learning opportunity for people with little or no emergency preparedness experience and for those who have had their emergency kits for years who would like to compare and update their knowledge.

No registration required.

B.Y.E.B – Build Your Emergency Bag

Presented by Caldwell County REACT, an organization of CERT-trained volunteers

Caldwell County Library – Lenoir Branch

Saturday, September 9, 2017 10:00am

Meeting Room #3

120 Hospital Avenue,

Lenoir, NC 28645

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CERT Basic Class coming to Lenoir, NC in October

The purpose of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training is to provide the individuals who complete this course with the basic skills that they will need to respond to their community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. 1% cannot rescue and protect everyone in a disaster.

Topics covered include disaster preparedness, CERT incident command structure, emergency first aid and triage, minor fire suppression and utility controls, search and rescue including cribbing, disaster psychology, and terrorism and CERT. Participants will receive a comprehensive manual. The training includes classroom instruction, case studies and exercises, and hands-on practice. Additional follow-up training on various other topics is available monthly.

CERT Basic Training Course will be held in Lenoir, NC on the following dates. You must attend each day. We welcome individuals of all abilities.

October 9, 10, 12, 16, 6:00-9:00 pm

October 14, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

LOCATION:  3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, NC. There is no charge for this training.

TO REGISTER: Send an email with your name, email address, phone number, and address to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

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CERT Basic Training Course in October

The purpose of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic Training is to provide the individuals who complete this course with the basic skills that they will need to respond to their community’s immediate needs in the aftermath of a disaster, when emergency services are not immediately available. By working together, CERT members can assist in saving lives and protecting property using the basic techniques in this course. The target audience for this course is individuals who desire the skills and knowledge required to prepare for and respond to a disaster. This is a 15-hour class and will be delivered over several days. We welcome individuals of all abilities.

Topics covered include disaster preparedness, CERT incident command structure, emergency first aid and triage, minor fire suppression and utility controls, search and rescue including cribbing, disaster psychology, and terrorism and CERT. Participants will receive a comprehensive manual. The training includes classroom instruction, case studies and exercises, and hands-on practice. Additional follow-up training on various other topics is available monthly.

CERT Basic Training Course will be held in Lenoir, NC on the following dates. You must attend each day.

October 9, 10, 12, 16, 6:00-9:00 pm

October 14, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

LOCATION:  3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, NC. There is no charge for this training.

TO REGISTER: Send an email with your name, email address, phone number, and address to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

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Lenoir Amateur Radio Club Event Announcement

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 others 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 Caldwell County Emergency Management, HHS Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, for a 24-hour period beginning at 2 PM, Saturday, June 24 until 2 PM, Sunday, June 25.  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.  Setup for this event will begin at 7:30 AM, on Saturday and is a great opportunity to see radio stations and antennas being assembled.  The Lenoir Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the Club’s Communications and Antenna Trailers under emergency generator and solar power in the HHS Building parking lot as well as operating from the Caldwell County EOC radio room.  This event will give the community, elected officials and served agencies the opportunity to see the enhanced resources available during emergencies

I cordially invite you to come by Caldwell County Emergency Management at the HHS Building and 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=

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Collettsville Controlled Burn

On Saturday, June 3, 2017, CERT-trained members of Caldwell County REACT provided support to the firefighters who used the demolition of a house near Collettsville to train in fire suppression. The home was uninhabitable due to repeated flooding.

Prior to the exercise the house was gutted of any dangerous materials and windows to prevent injuries. Hay bales and wooden pallets were used as fuel to feed fires that 7 different teams repeatedly extinguished as part of their training. Following the training exercises, the house was allowed to burn to the ground while being monitored to prevent spreading.

As in an emergency fire scene, the firefighters were required to submit to “firefighter rehab” in which they have their vital signs monitored before, during, and following a fire or other strenuous duties. They are also given water, drinks with electrolytes, snacks, wet towels for cooling, provided shade, and a misting fan. They are required to rest in the rehab area until released. Anyone displaying signs of stress from heat or exertion, may be relieved of duty or transported to the hospital.

There were firefighters, supervisors, and equipment from several fire and rescue departments including Collettsville, Oak Hill, Patterson, North Catawba, Valmead, and Caldwell County Emergency Services.

Caldwell County REACT members set up and staffed the rehab tent. EMTs Rosemary Hall (REACT President) and Michaela Hall monitored vital signs with assistance from North Catawba Paramedic Kenny Hall. Sherri Bogdan kept the records of the blood pressure and oxygen readings. Ted and Phyllis Huntley, Shirley Kanode, and Sabrina Laws provided water and assisted with gear removal and other support. Maria Hiller kept documentation of resources and activities for the Incident Commander. Curt Hiller, Gary Dishman, and Mark Barerra managed traffic due to a lane closure and firefighting equipment on the road. All are members of Caldwell County REACT, and several are CERT trainers. They reported at the Collettsville Fire and Rescue building at 0730 and left the fire scene at 1300 followed by a debriefing at the fire station.

It was a good opportunity for the firefighters to practice fire suppression skills in a controlled, safe environment. Our Caldwell County REACT members also used the opportunity to train and learn, and are grateful for the opportunity to participate.

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