- Cal Crowe
Vice Chair - Dayna Devlin
Secretary - Paul Cornett
Publicity - Denise Crowe
Treasurer - Ray Erickson
Planning - Jean Busby
Communication - Lon Bradley
Continuing Education - Anne Machalek
Advisor I - John Buchanan
Advisor II - Dave Davis
|CALENDAR DESIGNED BY DEBBIE GOLOB
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
CERT Board Meeting,
Wednesday, April 12, 2006, 7 p.m. at the Siuslaw Fire and Rescue Building.
General Meeting (all CERT members), Wednesday,
May 10, 2006 at the Siuslaw Fire and Rescue Building. Topic of Discussion: "Taking care of your pets during emergencies &
special needs people".
Lane County Public Health will be assisting with a US Postal Service
Biohazard Detection System Exercise this June 20th in Eugene. They would like to know if any CERT members would be interested
in participating. It will require a commitment of around 4 hours 8-12 or
8:30 - 12:30 on Tuesday June 20th.
They do need some people who would be willing to wear a bathing suit under their clothes and actually go
through the decontamination
Any help with this is greatly appreciated. If you are interested, please let me know and I will pass
it along to our Public Health folks. Once they have a good idea of how many CERT folks will be
participating, more details
will be provided.
Emergency Management Coordinator
Lane County Sheriff's Office
FLORENCE CERT & FIRE CORPS INVOLVED IN A DIRTY BOMB DRILL
& Denise Crowe and Dave Davis
On Thursday, March 25, 2006 a fishing vessel smuggled into the Port of Siuslaw radioactive
material possibly to be used in a Dirty Bomb which leaked while being offloaded onto a van contaminating the boat's crew.
A crew member started becoming sick with radiation poisoning and was taken to Peace Harbor Hospital in Florence for decontamination
and treatment. That was the MAKE BELIEVE SCENARIO of a full scale emergency drill (the largest exercise to be held in Lane
County to date) which started in Florence and ended in Veneta near Eugene along Highway 126. According to CERT official, Dave
Davis, The drill which was funded by a Homeland Security Grant, involved some 32 separate response agencies from all levels
of government from Homeland Security to the National Guard to the Lane County Sheriffs Office. Members of CERT and Fire Corps
participated as well. Our thanks goes out to the various actors (CERT members) and participants who helped make this exercise
a success, including Bill Ostrom who played the part of the one of the crew members who became contaminated. His only complaint
was they used cold water on him in decontamination, (sorry Bill). Other players (participants) included Wayne Patterson and
Dayna Devlin. Fire Corps and CERT members who helped set up the Emergency Operations Center, coordinated and provided security
at the Florence Fire Station included Teri Atkinson, Pat Cowles, Albert Gelmstedt, Anne Machalek, Phyllis Mauldin and Nancy
Ruch. Dave Davis was a members of the on-scene management group. Rochelle Davis passed on amateur radio communications during
the exercise. Davis said the drill focused on training first responders on how to collaborate for a safe, effective response
to a terrorist incident. Although the CERT goal is to provide first aide, light search & rescue, and utility control to
their immediate neighborhood during an emergency or disaster; they may help other neighborhoods or support local Fire,
Police, or EMS if their neighborhood isn't affected during a disaster if they choose too. The exercise was somewhat hushed
because officials wanted it to be spontaneous. Cal-s Disclaimer - No humans were actually injured in the making of this exercise.
MESSAGE FROM DAVE DAVIS
Dear CERT member, please add to your favorites the new CERT website
and view it periodically to find the latest exciting CERT news. A recent article appeared in the March Focus that might indicate
that the CERT program has died here in Florentine which is unfortunate and untrue. The Auxiliary meetings at the Central Station
continues on regular basis and we will continue to meet in Florentine every 3 months for equipment maintenance. Many things
are happening in the preparedness field and CERT is a important part of it in our Community.
By Cal & Denise Crowe
Could there be an outbreak of Avian (Bird) Flu that threatens us? The
U-S government, bracing for the possibility that migrating birds could carry a deadly strain of bird flu to our shores, plans
to test wild birds this year. Starting this month, samples from between 75,000-100,000 birds will be tested for the virus
in Alaska, but an expanded program which includes birds in the Pacific islands and on the West Coast reflects a growing concern
that the virus could arrive here as early as this spring and be carried into the western continental United States by this
fall. Scientists say the virus hasn't developed the ability to spread easily from person to person. If that happens, it could
start a pandemic That is why CERT is urging you to start thinking of how to protect you and your family if it ever becomes
a problem, such as stockpiling at least a week's worth of essentials like water and nonperishable food and other emergency
and medical supplies. You may also consider compiling a list of emergency phone numbers you may need, keeping the list somewhere
safe and visible. Also know your essential health information such as blood type, allergies, past or current medical history
as well as current medications and dosages of each family member. And above all else keep good health habits. Since December
2003, at least 175 people have been affected worldwide and 95 have died, most of them having close contact with infected chickens
but not wild birds. That was one of the subjects discussed at a recent emergency training class "Are You Ready" held at Coast
Village, Saturday March 25th, taught by CERT & "Are You Ready" Instructor, Jacquie Beveridge with help from Jean Busby,
Barbara Melton and Sharon McLeod. About 20 Coast Village residents participated in the three hour class which is an in-depth
Guide to Citizen Preparedness for tsunamis, earthquakes and other disasters.
UPCOMING CERT EVENTS:
CERT SPRING CLASS 2006:
April 7th & 8th AND April 14th & 15th (4 classes total). Please register at
Lane Community College, they will begin taking registration on March 9th. Cost of class is $25.00. All classes will be held
at Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue corner of Hwy 101 and 26th St. (Class is a total of 20 hours). Instructors will include
Jean Busby, Phil Koch, Dave Davis, and Liz Iabichello.
"ARE YOU READY"
Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue Building Hwy 101 & 26th 1-4 p.m.
April 29th at St. Mary's Catholic
Church 9 a.m. - Noon
The classes are free. Order a free "Are You Ready" class handbook from FEMA by calling 1-800-480-2520.
Order NOW as they take time to arrive. We will be using a classroom set to instruct from, so if your book has not arrived
by class time, you will still be able to attend. The accompanying "Are You Reay" Preparedness information packet will be given
out at the meeting also for free. To enroll call LCC (Lane Community College) at 997-8444. By calling, we will know how many
to prepare for.
Instructors Training Session:
April 22nd at the Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue from
10 a.m. - Noon.
This meeting is for those who are or wish to be instructors in the "Are You Ready" program and/or
"Organizing Neighborhoods for Disaster Preparedness" and Program. The agenda will include: Discussion of "Are You Ready" classes
taught, new information, and to introduce to the new "Neighborhoods for Disaster Preparedness" manual. Call Jean Busby 997-5810
for information or questions.