Thursday evening, June 16, 2016, 23 Caldwell County CERT members were treated to an excellent class taught by Paramedic and trainer, Trevor Key. We learned about the role CPR can play as a life-saving technique and some of the changes in recommended life-saving measures over the last few years. We practiced adult and infant CPR experiencing the difficulty of doing CPR for more than 1 1/2 or 2 minutes. Trevor also demonstrated how to use the common defibrillators found in many public buildings, employers, and even private homes. We learned what to do for drowning and choking victims including CPR. It was valuable information and skills that may save a life.
Caldwell County CERT program has added about 20 new CERT members trained and ready to help our community in the event of an emergency. Thank all of you who have volunteered your time to learn about CERT and your commitment to keeping yourselves, your families, and neighbors safe.
During the basic course, new CERT members learn about the purpose and goals of CERT, command structure, emergency medical operations including first aid and triage, search and rescue, minor fire suppression, utility controls, disaster psychology, and terrorism.
Here are some photos taken during class including a team-building exercise in which small groups had a few minutes to build a four foot tower out of nothing but construction paper and tape. Other photos were taken on the day the class learned about search and rescue including how to use cribbing to raise and stabilize a fallen wall to remove a a victim. Part of the group was assigned as the medical team to assess the victim during the wall removal and provide treatment after he was extricated.
The NC CERT quarterly conference on Saturday, September 12 is a STATE sponsored meeting for CERT members from all over North Carolina and is being held in Lenoir.
Register on TERMS.
If you don’t have an account, make one at First Time Registration.
We encourage all our Caldwell County and western NC CERT participants to attend. There is no charge.
Fall in the hills
Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County Emergency Management Coordinator, will host a Search and Rescue (SAR) class including map reading, tracking, water purification, building a shelter and backpack, and how to use the equipment. All CERT members are encouraged to attend to brush up on our wilderness survival skills, have a good time with fellow CERT members, and learn life-saving skills. A cook-out will follow the class.
When: Saturday, November 7, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
To Register: Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to register and receive the class location which will be in eastern Caldwell County.
National Weather Service Class
WEATHER SPOTTER CLASS – Basic Certificate class
Where: Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd. SW, Lenoir, NC 28645
When: July 16 2015
Who: Anyone is welcome to attend.
Two different Class times–same class repeated.
Time: 1St class 03:00 PM
2nd class 06:00 PM
Pre-register – Contact Kenneth Teague 757-1419 before July 01, 2015
The advanced weather spotter training class will offered later in the fall.
Here is one of many training videos about the techniques for removing and lifting debris from victims of a disaster, called cribbing. This is a good review for CERT members who have received training in cribbing.
Here is a good training video for CERT volunteers to review the challenges and dangers of working to assist their neighbors and communities after a disaster has occurred. It covers the importance of protective gear, size-up (think before you leap), and the buddy system. Common post-disaster dangers are reviewed including flooding and contaminated water, downed power lines, falling debris, cuts from broken glass, nails through shoes, back injuries, eye and head injuries, and even getting lost in your own community following a devastating event.