CERT October Newsletter

CERT October Newsletter

Community Emergency Response Team current activities, ongoing training, and volunteer opportunities. Inside the newsletter:

  • ICS Review class on 10/12 has 17 openings.
  • CERT Drill Volunteer registration now open.
  •  Participate in the Great ShakeOut drill on 10/15 at 10:15am.
  • Fire Prevention Week is 10/4 to 10/10.
  • MYN Facilitator Training on 10/10 is full.



Volunteer Victims Needed – Sign Up Today!

CERT-Newsletter_3Click link to register: CERT Drill Volunteer Registration

Volunteers are needed for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) final simulation drill on Saturday, November 14th, which also serves as the “final exam” for CERT students to demonstrate their search/rescue and first aid skills.

Volunteer “victims” are assigned dramatic roles and specific injuries. A professional make-up artist applies moulage make-up and prosthetics to realistically simulate injuries. This is an all-day event. “Victims” are scheduled to arrive between 1:30pm and 2:45pm and are expected to stay for the duration of the drill, which ends at 9:00pm.

When you register you will be given a choice of several moulage make-up options. We do our best to honor your preferences, but due to the amount of time it takes to apply full make-up, we can’t guarantee that everyone who requests “The Works!” will get it. We also cannot guarantee specific injuries. We do guarantee you will have lots of opportunities to demonstrate your acting skills!


Upcoming Training Opportunities

ICS Review with Christina
Monday, October 12, 2015 from 7pm-9pm @ Fire Station #26
CERT instructor Christina Brugman will review the Incident Command System (ICS) as it pertains to CERT with lots of interactive activities.

This hands-on class works best with at least 12-15 people. There are only 9 registrations so far and we can’t run the class unless we have 10 people registered. If you are thinking of attending this class please register as soon as possible.

Note: Registration required. Click the class title above to register.

Medical Operations II Review with Todd
Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 10am to noon @ Fire Station #22

Join CERT instructor Todd Bancroft for a review of the CERT Disaster Medical Operations II unit. Todd will tailor the class based on student interest, so review Unit 4 in your manual, and arrive with ideas about what you want to cover. This class is hands-on, practice supplies will be provided.

Note: You must be a current CERT team member in order to register for this class.

Basic Disaster Prep with Christina
Saturday, December 5, 2015 from 10am-noon @ Fire Station #26

CERT instructor Christina Brugman will talk about basic disaster preparedness.
Disaster life is a whole lot more bearable when you have the equipment and supplies you need to make it through with some level of comfort and safety. To help you prepare effectively, Christina will introduce the WA Emergency Management Division’s “Prepare In A Year” Program.

Note: Registration required. Click the class title above to register.

News & Announcements

CERT NEIGHBORHOOD NETWORK FORUM: The next forum is on October 26th from 5-6pm at Fire Station #26. We will review proposed locations by neighborhood and discuss location designations (POD, CERT gathering, charging/warming, resource storage).
Fire station 26 (North Rose Hill) is located at 9930 124th Ave NE, Kirkland,WA 98033.
No RSVP is required.

THE GREAT WASHINGTON SHAKEOUT DRILL: Millions of people worldwide will practice how to DROP, COVER, and HOLD ON at 10:15 a.m. on October 15th during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills!

You can join them today by registering for the 2015 Great Washington ShakeOut. Participating is a great way for your family or organization  to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel.

Register today at: www.shakeout.org/washington/register/


FIRE PREVENTION WEEK: October 4-10 is Fire Prevention Week.  The National Fire Protection Association reports:

  • Three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms.
  • 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries, making it important to take this time each year to check your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Don’t become a statistic!  There are simple things you can do today to reduce the risk of home fire deaths in your household.

  1. Test your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors while your children are present so they learn what the alarm sounds like.
  2. Walk through each room of your home with your family and find two ways out of every room.
  3. Practice your fire escape plan, including going outside to your meeting place.
  4. Keep a fire extinguisher on each level in your home. You could also keep extinguishers in the kitchen, laundry room, and garage.
  5. Install smoke detectors in or near all bedrooms and on each level of your home. Replace them every 10 years, they lose effectiveness over time.
  6. As a general rule, keep doors closed to prevent the spread of fire within your home.

The National Fire Prevention Association has an informative website, click here.CERT-Newsletter_1

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