CERT volunteer “victims” needed for disaster exercise–October 10

On Saturday, October 10, 9:00 am, Caldwell County will be conducting a disaster exercise as part of its on-going training for emergency responders. The scenario will be a serious school bus accident. School students are excluded from participating, so adult CERT volunteers are needed to play victims of the accident. This will be a realistic exercise with victims made up using trauma moulage (make-up and prosthetics) to simulate serious injuries.

Volunteer victims should come dressed in old (disposable) clothes that may be painted or cut off. Discreet under garments such as running shorts and tops should be worn underneath.

This is serious training that is part of Caldwell County’s effort to insure emergency responders and our community are prepared to handle large-scale disasters. This is an opportunity to learn more about emergency services and contribute to your community. Contact me at caldwellcountycert@gmail.com or Kenneth Teague at kteague@caldwellcountync.org to volunteer.

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Video–Safety in the Post-Disaster Environment

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.

New CERT Emergency Shelter Class and Practice

Caldwell County CERT now has a mobile, 12′ x 16′ shelter available for use during emergencies. It is quick to deploy (15 minutes) and includes heat and air conditioning. On May 19, at 6:00 p.m. Kenneth Teague, Emergency Management Coordinator, will demonstrate how to deploy the shelter to our CERT volunteers. We will have the opportunity to get hands-on practice in putting up the shelter in the event we are needed during a disaster. All Caldwell County CERT volunteers are encouraged to attend.

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2015, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Where: Health and Human Services Building, 2345 Morganton Blvd, SW, Lenoir, NC in the parking lot. (Location will change in case of rain.)

To RSVP, send an email to Elizabeth Thomas, ethomas111@charter.net, by Monday, May 18.

Welcome to Caldwell County, NC CERT!

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact Caldwell County and trains them in basic disaster response skills such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist themselves, their families, and others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in Caldwell County, North Carolina.

This is a free, voluntary program that encourages members of our community to be prepared in any emergency.  Individuals, groups of friends and family, and organizations are all encouraged to join us!

Practicing in CPR class

Practicing in CPR class

Collapsed Wall Class

Collapsed Wall Class

First Aid Class

First Aid Class

Class Members

Class Members