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.

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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Caldwell County REACT Called Out to Help After Storm

Curt and Hunter setting up cots.

October 23, 2017, southern Caldwell County was hit with tornadoes/bad wind storm damage the second time in less than two weeks uprooting trees, closing roads, and damaging and destroying homes. At 6:20 pm the CERT-trained volunteers of Caldwell County REACT was called into service by Kenneth Teague, Emergency Management Coordinator. Ten team members responded.

Two assisted by taking tarps and other emergency supplies to Grace Chapel Fire and Rescue which was in the middle of the destruction. Rosemary and Michaela Hall had to avoid several road hazards and take back road detours to get to the station.

Eight REACT members were deployed to South Caldwell High School to assist the Red Cross with unloading and setting up cots in the gymnasium which was being opened as an emergency shelter. Curt Hiller, Hunter Mise, Gary Dishman, Sabrina Laws, and Steve and Sherri Bogdan were among the REACT volunteers. Another REACT member, Dick Blumenstein, spent the evening assisting in his neighborhood clearing roads and driveways of fallen limbs and trees.

The REACT team reported back to the Emergency Operations Center for assignments and instructions for the next morning. Members will be assisting in the EOC and will accompany three damage assessment teams in Caldwell County areas damaged in the storm.

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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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