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REMEMBERING 9-11
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We Will Never Forget!

~ The 9/11 Remembrance Flag is our way of keeping the events and lost lives on that tragic day alive forever. Wherever you display this flag, people will be reminded of the September 11th incident and all others relating to it. But the greatest reminder will not be what the terrorists took from us that day, rather how we all united together, physically, emotionally, monetarily, and willingly... risking our lives, if necessary, for the freedom of our children and our children's children.
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In Memory of Steve Irwin "Crocodile Hunter'
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1962-2006

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National Preparedness Month  

National Preparedness Month is a nationwide coordinated effort held each September to encourage Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and schools. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is sponsoring National Preparedness Month 2006 which will focus on family emergency preparedness.

The goal of National Preparedness Month is to increase public awareness about the importance of preparing for emergencies including natural disasters and potential terrorist attacks and to encourage individuals to take action to prepare themselves and their families. The month provides Americans with a variety of opportunities to learn more about emergency preparedness. Events and activities across the nation will encourage individuals to get an emergency supply kit, make a family emergency plan, be informed about different threats, and get involved in preparing their communities.

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PAUL CORNETT, SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEER
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SEPTEMBER VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
 

It was an easy decision to nominate the latest CERT Member as September Volunteer of the month. Paul Cornett has been involved with the Florence CERT for several years and has served on the CERT Board for four years as Planning Director (two years); and the last two years as the Board Secretary. Paul was instrumental in getting us our non-profit status which involved a lot of government paper work and he revamped our by-laws. He has done an excellent job serving on the Board as well as his involvement in the overall CERT program. He has volunteered a lot over the years, stationing himself at booths at our various CERT functions to get the word out of the importance of CERT in this community. He’s now involved in the Dunes City/WestLake area helping to organize a CERT group there. When he’s not helping CERT, he’s involved with a number of other organizations along the Central Oregon Coast including the Events Center, Habitat for Humanities, Lake Watch where he lives, The Unitarians and a free lunch program at the Methodist Church. According to Paul he has resided in the Florence area for the past ten years. Before coming here to retire with his wife Nancy, he worked for the big defense contractor Lockheed in California for twenty-four years as an engineer. They have eight children. So the next time you see Paul Cornett, thank him for his dedication to the CERT program and his commitment to our community.

CERT Rodeo August 2006

The Hot Dogs Are Done
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Picture by Debbie Golob

One, Two, Three.....Lift
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Picture by Debbie Golob

What A Line Up
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Picture by Debbie Golob

Desing by Debbie Golob
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Congratulations to the Newest CERT Graduates, August 2006
 
 Lorene Bertrand, Julie Daily, Celeste Day, Herb English, Donna Fariss, Spunky Gray, Rob Griffes,   Gerald Hogg, Stephanie McKenzie, Carla Newburg   and Barb Tyler.

FLORENCE CERT BOARD MEMBERS
2005-2006
 
Cal Crowe, President
Dayna Devlin, Vice President
Paul Cornett, Secretary
Ray Erickson, Treasurer
Anne Machalek, Continuing Education
Jean Busby, Planning Director
Denise Crowe, Publicity
Lon Bradley, Communications Director
Advisor I, John Buchanan
Advisor II, Dave Davis
 

Calendar Design By Debbie Golob
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FLORENCE CERT MEETING AGENDA(http://florencecert.tripod.com  September 13, 2006

I. Pot Luck Dinner - 6 p.m.

II. Begin Meeting: - 7 p.m.

a.) Graduation Certificates of New CERT Members - John Buchanan

b.) Election of Board Members 2006-2007 - Cal Crowe

c.) Take Pictures for the New ID Cards - Liz Iabichelo

d.) Citizen Corps Council - Dave Davis

III. Approve Agenda: Cal Crowe

IV. Treasurer’s Report: Ray Erickson

V. Approve July 12, 2006 Minutes: Paul Cornett

VI. Main Agenda Item:

a.) Technical Committee - Debbie Golob

b.) Communications Concerns - Lon Bradley

VII. Good of the Order:

VIII. Adjournment:

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Community Emergency Response Team CERT Fall 2006 Class

(Friday October 6, 2006 and Saturdays - October 7, 14 & 21, 2006) at Fire Station One ( Siuslaw Valley Fire & Rescue, 26 & Hwy 101, Florence). To sign-up, Contact Janet Huston at 997-3212. Cost $25.00. David Davis, Class Manager.

Subjects to be Covered:

Fire Safety, Medical I & II, Mass Casualty Drill, Search & Rescue, Organization, Psychology, Terrorism, Ready Kits, Review & Simulation

Dates & Times:   

  1. Friday, October 6: 6:00-9:00 pm - Preparedness
  2. Saturday, October 7 & 14: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm Class; 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch; 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm Class
  3. Saturday October 21: 8:00 am - 12 pm Exercise (CERT Rodeo)

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Who's Going to Get Lunch
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Picture by Debbie Golob

Am I Doing it Right?
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Picture by Debbie Golob

My Fingers, My Fingers Ouch!
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Picture by Debbie Golob

C.E.R.T. General Membership  Meeting Minutes, July 10, 2006

The meeting was called to order at 7:05. Attendees were Cal and Denise Crowe, Ray Ericson, Lon Bradley, Paul Cornett, Dave Davis, Anne Machalek, Dayna Devlin, Jean Busby and

Chief Buchanon spoke on several issues: New carpeting has been installedand the general policy will be that the kitchen is closed and no food or drink is to be taken into the classroom areas. This policy will specifically apply to non Fire Dept organizations using the classrooms. Fire Dept related organizations can bring in food/drink if they use due caution and clean up completely after their use. Chief Buchanon also reported that the mayor has been placing real emphasis on emergency preparedness for the city but resources for various projects still needs to be resolved. In addition, the city will have to determine, or make good estimates, on how many people will be where, what they will need and how to set that up. One idea was to use a hangar at the airport for storage but several locations may be needed to prepare for likely situations. An Interagency Agreement needs to set up between the various government agencies and then bring in the Hospital, the Tribes and other NGOs. This organization will then be able to find funding sources. We are being viewed on the coast as a leader in preparedness. We have accomplished some worthy results in Tsunami preparedness and now we need to get as well prepared for other problems.

Chief Buchanon also announced that Dave Davis has been appointed as the Citizen Corps director for the Fire District (and for the City?).

The Treasurer reported a balance of $844 in our account with an outstanding bill of $ 65 for a Siuslaw News ad.

The May 2006 Board of Directors meeting minutes were approved as distributed by email and the CERT Website.

Dave Davis reported that Dunes City is planning a Festival of the Lakes on August 19 from 10:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Dunes City hall. The festival is intended to educate the community on the stewardship of our lakes and the watershed, to unite the community and to have fun. CERT has been invited to have an informational booth. Volunteers can sign up for 2 hour shifts with Jean Busby.

Lon Bradley reported that progress was being made on a Communications Plan for our CERT group. There is a tremendous amount of communication equipment in existence, but most of it will be inoperable after a major earthquake so we should be prepared to make do with FRS/GMRS. We will have to constantly update the plan to provide coverage and to ensure continuity. Lon requested that anyone with questions should write them down and get them to him or to Cal. It should be noted that on the FRS/GMRS channels 1-7 are shared channels, channels 8-14 are FRS channels and channels 15-22 are GMRS.

The rest of the meeting was then devoted to testing the radios that the members brought with them, and a question and answer session for Lon Bradley, Ray Ericson, Cal Crowe and Dave Davis.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45.

Respectfully submitted: Paul Cornett

 

 

 

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