“When Disaster Strikes!” Class

Friday, June 21, 2019, 1:00-2:30 pm, Caldwell Senior Center

The Senior Center is for older adults age 60 and better and their spouses.  For more information, call 758-2883 or email office@caldwellseniorcenter.org

Caldwell County is susceptible to many hazards including tornadoes, floods, winter storms, earthquakes, wildfires, power outages, and hazardous material spills. On June 21 at 1:00 join us at the Caldwell Senior Center to learn some basic disaster planning skills from volunteers of the Caldwell County CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). You will learn:

  • What you need to keep you safe in an emergency,
  • What documents are critical and how to store them, and
  • What to take with you to an emergency shelter.
  • You will receive items to start your emergency kit.


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Amateur Radio Field Day 2019 – Redwood Park Hudson – June 22-23

This is a message from Lenoir Amateur Radio Club inviting you to the 2019 Field Day.

“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 22 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.

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.”

Thomas Land KA4HKK, President

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club

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CERT-Trained Volunteers–Membership Drive For Caldwell County REACT

MESSAGE TO ALL CERT-TRAINED VOLUNTEERS! Have you attended the CERT Basic Training Course and are interested in being more active in your community?
Membership in Caldwell County REACT is required for CERT volunteers, unaffiliated with another organization, to participate in disaster call-outs and community events. We are having a membership drive RIGHT NOW.

Join now and your membership will be active for all of 2019. Requirements for membership is attendance at a CERT Basic Training course; $25 membership fee ($40 per couple) to REACT International providing a $1 million liability policy per person; and a criminal background check. If you want to further your training in emergency preparedness, contribute to your community during emergencies, and have fun with some interesting people, send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of our activities or operations.

Our next meeting is December 6, 6:30 pm in Lenoir at the Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd. SW. Let us know if you would like to attend as a guest.

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This little evacuee shows her appreciation

Monday, September 17, Caldwell County REACT learned they received a $1,500 grant from Duke Energy to purchase additional cots for use in Caldwell County emergency shelters. Duke announced Sunday that grant assistance was available for non-profits working to help with issues related to Hurricane Florence. Grant announcement on Sunday, grant awarded on Monday. Wow!

Caldwell County REACT assists residents during disasters, supports first responders, and educates the public about disaster preparedness.

Members donated over 200 hours on one weekend serving the community during the storm. They served in the county’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and the emergency shelter at West Caldwell High School where 13 people and 3 pets took refuge. REACT volunteers set up the cots, helped monitor the shelter 24 hours a day while it remained open, and put it away when the shelter closed Monday. They staffed radio communications as joint members of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club in the EOC and shelter.

Caldwell County REACT provides free disaster preparedness training. Members will teach a free Basic CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) class, October 15-25, for six evenings, 6:00-9:00 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays in Lenoir. Caldwell County REACT volunteers are required to be CERT trained. For more information or to register, send an email to caldwellcountycert@gmail.com. Find Caldwell County REACT and Caldwell County CERT on Facebook and their website, https://caldwellcountycert.com/.


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


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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