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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Wilderness Search and Rescue Class–April 29

Saturday, April 29, 2017, Saturday, 10:00 to 3:00—Wilderness Search & Rescue Class

Registration required. Limited number of spots available for Caldwell County CERT members.

Kings Creek (address will be provided to those who register)

The class will include a session on how to build an emergency shelter. Participants should bring an 8 x 10 ft. tarp.

To register, send an email with your name, phone number, and address to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com.

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Meeting Reminder–Caldwell County REACT

Anyone who has completed the Basic CERT Class is invited to attend Caldwell County REACT meeting Thursday, March 23, 6:00-8:00 pm, at the Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd SW. Use the back entrance. Becoming affiliated with REACT International will provide us each with $1 million of liability insurance. We will also become a 501(c)(3) non-profit that will allow us to accept tax deductible donations and do fund-raising. Attend the meeting Thursday to learn more about ways we can serve the residents of Caldwell County and assist our first responders.

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CERT POD Class Held Saturday in Lenoir

POD Exercise

POD Exercise

Caldwell County hosted a CERT class for volunteers to learn about staffing a POD (Point of Distribution) that is a model used for distributing critical supplies to the public in the event of a serious disaster when normal channels of food and water distribution are interrupted. PODs were used last fall in the flooded areas of North Carolina as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

There were 6 Caldwell County CERT members in class joined by people from Winston-Salem to Asheville. The class was taught by Samantha Royster, NC CERT Program Manager from Raleigh.

Two POD kits were transported here for the class to see the equipment and gear provided by the state of North Carolina and to use in an exercise. Each kit includes personal protective gear such as hard hats, reflective vests, and gloves. In addition, the kits have traffic cones, whistles, flags, flashlights, and garbage cans. If a POD is deployed, semi-trailer trucks would transport the needed water, pre-packaged meals (MREs), and tarps that would be distributed to each family.

The POD system is designed to provide an organized, fast, safe distribution of critical aid in times of an emergency. Trained CERT volunteers would be a valuable resource in helping to staff PODS in Caldwell County if needed.

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