CPR and First Aid Classes for CERT members

CPR Class This is a reminder that there will be a CPR class this week and a First Aid class next week for current Caldwell County CERT members who have taken the basic CERT course. There is no charge for the classes. This will be a good review even if you have taken previous classes in First Aid and CPR.

To register send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com with your name, email address, and phone number with which one (or both classes) that you would like to attend.

CPR

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:00 pm  to 9:00 pm, 3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC. Enter at the back door of the building. Wear comfortable clothing.

First Aid

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, 3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC. Enter at the back door of the building. Wear comfortable clothing.

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CPR and First Aid Classes for CERT members

CPR Class There will be a CPR class and a First Aid class in June for current Caldwell County CERT members who have taken the basic CERT course. There is no charge for the classes. This will be a good review even if you have taken previous classes in First Aid and CPR.

To register send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com with your name, email address, and phone number with which one (or both classes) that you would like to attend.

 

CPR

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:00 pm  to 9:00 pm, 3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC. Enter at the back door of the building. Wear comfortable clothing.

First Aid Class

First Aid Class

First Aid

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, 3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC. Enter at the back door of the building. Wear comfortable clothing.

CPR and First Aid Classes for CERT members

CPR Class There will be a CPR class and a First Aid class in June for current Caldwell County CERT members who have taken the basic CERT course. There is no charge for the classes. This will be a good review even if you have taken previous classes in First Aid and CPR.

To register send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com with your name, email address, and phone number with which one (or both classes) that you would like to attend.

CPR

Thursday, June 16, 2016, 6:00 pm  to 9:00 pm, 3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC. Enter at the back door of the building. Wear comfortable clothing.

First Aid

Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, 3rd floor training room, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC. Enter at the back door of the building. Wear comfortable clothing.

NC CERT Fall Conference Report

Tony Sturey, Meteorologist

Tony Sturey, Meteorologist

The NC CERT Fall Conference was held Saturday, September 12, 2015, in Lenoir. The agenda included Tony Sturey, a meteorologist  from the National Weather Service, who spoke about the 2015-2016 winter weather outlook for North Carolina.

His conclusions were:

  • There is an 85 to greater than 90% probability that our winter weather will be affected by El Nino.El Nino 1
  • This means there is an increased chance of more severe winter storms including colder temperatures and increased precipitation including snow, sleet, ice, or rain.
  • The “wild card” in attempting to predict winter weather is “Arctic Oscilation” or Arctic Vortex, which can occur with only a week or two warning bringing severe cold and winter storms.

Tony illustrated the different conditions resulting in rain, snow, sleet, and rain, the dangers of black and white ice and the conditions under which they form.

Margie Mansure, Extension Agent

Margie Mansure, Extension Agent

Margie Mansure, Watauga County Extension Agent for Nutrition and Foods, described preparations and measures to take in the event of a power outage to provide safe food for your family and alternative methods of cooking. It is common to lose power during winter storms in North Carolina resulting from broken tree limbs, ice, and wind. In addition to losing power to refrigerators and freezers, those with well water can lose power to run their pump. Her handout covers her discussion points well.

Margie emphasized the importance of preparing ahead of time for these type of emergencies. She explained that perishable food can spoil at temperatures above 40 degrees for 2 hours or more. If you are unsure if food is safe during a power outage or afterwards, discard it.

Freezers and refrigerators will remain cold much longer if the doors are not opened. Freezers are more efficient when kept full. Freezing containers of water and storing them in the freezer will help the freezer operate more efficiently and keep your food cold longer in an emergency. It can also provide you emergency water.

Power Outage Handout

Samantha and Jay RoysterSamantha Royster, NC CERT Program Manager, and her husband, Jay, were there from Raleigh to host the event. She reported on the activities of NC CERT and led a discussion of the group about future programs.

Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator, welcomed the attendees and provided the meeting location and refreshments.

There were representatives from several communities including Caldwell County, Matthews, Charlotte, Gastonia, and Hickory.

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HAM Radio Class and License Test

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club members during annual Field Day

Lenoir Amateur Radio Club members during annual Field Day

Foothills Community Workshop  will be offering an Amateur Radio Technician level license class on three consecutive Saturdays, August 8, 15, and 22 from noon until 2pm.  With some additional on-line exercises, this class is intended to help prepare for the entry level Technician level Amateur Radio Exam.  This class is free and open to the public.

Topics include:

  • Rules and regulations
  • Station setup and operation
  • Operating procedures
  • Basic electronic  terms, components and calculations
  • Electromagnetic waves, bands, and modes
  • Propagation and antennas
  • Safety

The testing will tentatively (confirmation pending) be on Saturday, August 29 at noon and is available to anyone wishing to obtain or upgrade an Amateur Radio license.  The testing fee is $10.

See the FCW webpage for directions.

Contact Michelle, kd4ytu at 828-754-5002 or michellesuddreth@bellsouth.net  for more details.

Amateur Radio (HAM) Field Day

Amateur Radio Holds

Public Demo of Emergency Communications – June 27 & 28

Lenoir NC June 20, 2014 – Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. In Lenoir, these radio operators, called “hams”, provide emergency communications for the Caldwell County Emergency Operations Center, the American Red Cross, and others. The Lenoir Amateur Radio Club “hams” will join with over 50,000 other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities at Field Day 2015 to be held at Redwood Park in Hudson NC. The event begins at 2:00 pm, Saturday June 27 and continues for 24 hours –through the night and wee hours of the morning—until 2:00 pm, Sunday June 28. The public is invited to come see ham radio’s capabilities and disaster readiness as well as have a first look at the Caldwell County emergency shelters.

Over the past year, the news  has been full  of reports of ham radio operators providing critical communications during unexpected emergencies in towns across America, including the tornados in the mid-West and South, California wildfires, winter storms, and other events worldwide. When trouble is brewing, amateur radio operators are often the first to provide rescuers with critical information and communications. Their slogan, “When All Else Fails, Ham Radio Works” is more than just words to the hams as they prove they can send messages in many forms without the use of phone systems, Internet, electrical power, or any other infrastructure that can be compromised in a crisis.

“The fastest way to turn a crisis into a total disaster is to lose communications,” said Tanner Greer, President of the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club. “Our local hams work closely with Caldwell County Emergency Management to be ready to provide the most reliable communication networks in the first critical hours of an event. Because ham radios are not dependent on the Internet, cell towers or other infrastructure, they work when nothing else is available. We need nothing between us but air. All our support is free to the served agencies.”

In addition to emergency situations, the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club provides communications support for many local public events such as bike races, festivals, and run/walks.

Amateur Radio is growing in the US. There are now over 700,000 Amateur Radio licensees in the US, and more than 2.5 million around the world.  “It’s not just an old man’s hobby!” Entire families are getting their amateur radio licenses so that they will be able to communicate should an emergency event impact their community. Amateur radio skills transfer into employment in the electronics and communications workforce. Come out and get on the air with the help of a local ham and learn how to get your FCC radio license.

New CERT Basic Class at the Cove in Collettsville

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Last night, June 1, Kenneth Teague kicked off a new CERT class with 20 residents of the Cove in Collettsville, NC. Rosemary Hall assisted by teaching the unit on emergency kits and food storage. We look forward to adding this motivated group to our Caldwell County CERT family!

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