Wilderness Shelter and Orienteering Class Report

Hunter Mise and his shelter

Today Kenneth Teague, Caldwell County’s Emergency Management Coordinator, taught a group of CERT-trained members of the Caldwell County REACT team some wilderness survival skills.

Today we learned how to build a tarp shelter in the woods, and how to read a compass and map including an exercise orienteering through a field, across a stream and through the woods. It was helpful to get to practice and a lot of fun! Kenneth also gave us some local history of the area and woodcraft.

We had a beautiful day and enjoyed a great lunch of pulled pork, chili, slaw, chips, and dessert provided by Trina Teague. We plan on having additional classes and exercises of this nature.

Emergency Shelter Deployment Training at Radio Club Field Day

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Caldwell County CERT has two mobile, 12′ x 16′ shelters available for use during emergencies. It is quick to deploy and includes heat and air conditioning. On June 25 and 26 the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club will use one or two of the shelters for their annual, international Field Day. We are going to use this opportunity to train CERT members how to set up the shelter and take it down. The first class that did it took 30 minutes to set it up. The time was reduced to 15 or 20 minutes the second time we did it last year on Field Day.

This will give you hands-on practice in putting up the shelter in the event we are needed to set up the shelters during a disaster. This is also a good opportunity to support our local Ham Radio Club.

All CERT members are encouraged to attend.

The Radio Club has invited CERT volunteers to share their Saturday evening dinner on June 25 at Redwood Park in Hudson.

Rolling up windowShelter set-up time:

8:00 am, Saturday, June 25, 2o16

Dinner: Saturday evening. Time to be announced.

Shelter take-down time:

2:00 pm, Sunday, June 26, 2016

Location:

Redwood Park, 470 Redwood St., Hudson, NC

To register:

Send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com with your name, email, phone number, and whether you will attend Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon, or both. Also RSVP for the dinner if you wish to attend.

Emergency Shelter Deployment Training and Practice

Finished Shelter

Finished Shelter

Caldwell County CERT has two mobile, 12′ x 16′ shelters available for use during emergencies. It is quick to deploy and includes heat and air conditioning. On June 25 and 26 the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club will use one or two of the shelters for their annual, international Field Day. We are going to use this opportunity to train new CERT members how to set up the shelter and take it down. The first class that did it took 30 minutes to set it up. The time was reduced to 15 or 20 minutes the second time we did it last year on Field Day.

This will give you hands-on practice in putting up the shelter in the event we are needed to set up the shelters during a disaster. This is also a good opportunity to support our local Ham Radio Club.

All CERT members are encouraged to attend.

Installing floor

Installing floor

The Radio Club has invited CERT volunteers to share their Saturday evening dinner on June 25 at Redwood Park in Hudson.

Shelter set-up time:

8:00 am, Saturday, June 25, 2o16

Shelter take-down time:

2:00 pm, Sunday, June 26, 2016

Location:

Redwood Park, 470 Redwood St., Hudson, NC

To register:

Send an email to caldwellcountyCERT@gmail.com with your name, email, phone number, and whether you will attend Saturday morning, Sunday afternoon, or both. Also RSVP for the dinner if you wish to attend.

NC CERT State Quarterly Meeting in Lenoir

The North Carolina CERT quarterly meeting will be in Lenoir on Saturday, September 12, 1:00 pm to about 4:00 pm. We are happy to have Caldwell County chosen as the western location for this state-wide meeting.

The agenda will be posted soon. Presentations being confirmed include a presentation by the National Weather Service on North Carolina winter storms. Another agenda item is cooking during emergencies and power outages. There may also be several vendors with displays.

We encourage all of our CERT members to attend and take this opportunity to meet CERT volunteers from all over the state. We enjoy learning what other active CERT groups are doing to be of service to their communities. Caldwell County has over 100 residents and first responders trained as CERT volunteers. We hope to see all of you at this event.

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Climate-controlled emergency shelter

Caldwell County CERT will deploy one of our emergency shelters prior to the meeting for display. We need volunteers to help set it up at 11:30 am on September 12 at the rear of the Health and Human Services Building. It is not difficult and takes no more than 15 to 30 minutes. There should be time enough to have lunch prior to the meeting. Please contact me at caldwellcountycert@gmail.com if you will help.

  • Where
    Tammy Austin Conference Center,
    3rd floor, Caldwell County Health and Human Services Building
    2345 Morganton Blvd SW, Lenoir, NC, United States
  • When
    Saturday, September 12, 2015
    1:00 pm to approximately 4:00 pm

For more information and to register, click HERE.

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.

Emergency Shelter Deployment Exercise Report

Fourteen CERT team members participated this week in practicing the deployment of one of two climate-controlled emergency shelters that were recently acquired for Caldwell County.

We were impressed with how fast and easy it was to unload, put up, and reload. It took approximately 30 minutes to unload and deploy including the installation of the air conditioning/heating unit. We anticipate that it is likely to take no more than 15 minutes now that we have some experience with it.

We will have the opportunity to practice again when we deploy the shelter for use by the Lenoir Amateur Radio Club and Caldwell ARES for ARRL Field Day 2015 at Redwood Park in Hudson NC June 27th and 28th.

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