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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Skywarn Class in Lenoir–May 20

Be trained to be a SKYWARN® spotter and help identify and describe severe local storms. .

SKYWARN® storm spotters are part of the ranks of citizens who form the Nation’s first line of defense against severe weather. There can be no finer reward than to know that their efforts have given communities the precious gift of time–seconds and minutes that can help save lives.

Who is Eligible?

NWS encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become a spotter.

Topics Covered:

  • Basics of thunderstorm development
  • Fundamentals of storm structure
  • Identifying potential severe weather features
  • Information to report
  • How to report information
  • Basic severe weather safety

Classes are free and typically are about two hours long.

Storm Spotting and Storm Chasing is dangerous and should not be done without proper training, experience and equipment.

The Next Class Will BE:

MAY 20th 2017

Basic SkyWarn class: 10:00 am to 12:00pm

An Advanced SkyWarn Class will be from 1:00 – 2:15 the same day, if you wish to get both class.

RSVP by: May 8th.

828-757-1419 or kteague@caldwellcountync.org

SKYWARN® is a registered trademark of NOAA’s National Weather Service.

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