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CERT VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Bill Ostrom

This month's hightlight goes out to Bill Ostrom who has made tremendous contriubtions to the CERT Organization here in Florence and at Coast Village.
He's always ready to volunteer and help out at a moment's notice and has added a lot of expertise to the program. He's even taken the CERT class twice.
Bill has been with CERT for several years. He moved to Florence in 1983 and is retired. He and his wife (Jinx) managed a bowling alley for many years and they also owned a Trophy Shop. They lived near Portland and Astoria before coming to Florence. Bill is formally from Milwaukee, Oregon. The Ostrom's have been married for 65 years. Jinx is very supportive of him. So, if you see Bill in the community, congratulate him for his dedication and to our program. He recently played an important role in an emergency exercise CERT participated in. Thank you Bill for your dedication to this important program. Keep up the great work. CERT salutes you!

WEB ADDRESS
http://florencecert.tripod.com

Board Members:

Chair - 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
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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".
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All,

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 process.

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.

Thanks,

Mark McKay
Emergency Management Coordinator
Lane County Sheriff's Office
work:  (541) 682-7406
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FLORENCE CERT & FIRE CORPS INVOLVED IN A DIRTY BOMB DRILL
Cal & 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. 
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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.
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Bird Flu Precautions
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.
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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.

FUTURE CLASSES

"ARE YOU READY" 
April 19th  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.
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