|MERRY CHRISTMAS - HAPPY HOLIDAYS
|DECEMBER 25, 2006
CERT CHRISTMAS POEM
By Cal & Denise
the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring not even
a mouse. My CERT Ready Kit was hung up with care, just in case a
major emergency might be near. Everything was quiet, when what should appear, but a tsunami with water rushing everywhere.
I wasn't worried not even a bit, for I had been trained for this sort of event. I put on my boots, grabed my hard hat for
my head, and reached for my lantern next to the bed. Then out of the house in nearly a jiffy
to help my neighbors who weren't doing so spiffy. I jogged to the clubhouse to meet other CERTS, who I found
responding to rescues and nursing the hurts. May this be a lesson to all who worry and can't get out of their house
in a hurry. Would you be fumbled and jumbled in the midst of confussion or would you like
to be part of the solution? Just six weeks of CERT class will form you fine, in any emergency at
your house or mine.
CERT DECEMBER VOLUNTEER
One of the original founders of the CERT Program
in Florence is the December Volunteer of the month. Luke Hewes was chosen because of his many years of service to CERT.
According to Luke, he helped start the first CERT Organization in town known as FERT (Florentine Estates Emergency
Response Team) which was later incorporated into the Florence CERT Program. Luke and his wife Betty came to
the Florence Area in 1992 after retiring as Area Sales Manager for the soft drink giant Seven-Up in Phoenix, Arizona.
He worked for Seven-Up for 35 years; responsible for advertising, marketing and sales. He started in New England before moving
to Utah, California and Arizona. Luke said the Seven-Up Bottling Company started out as a family owned business (not his)
which was later purchased by Phillip Morris and later by the company that makes Dr. Pepper. The Hewes have two sons.
One of them has since passed away. Congratulations to Luke Hewes for all his volunteer work and dedication to the Florence
2006-2007 CERT Board Members
Chair - Dayna Devlin
Vice-Chair - Phyllis Mauldin
Secretary - Debbie Golob
Treasurer - Jacquie Beveridge
Communications - Lon Bradley
Publicity - David Stoutenburg
Planning - Anne Machalek
Education - Jean Busby
Advisor 1 - Dave Davis
Advisor II - Nancy Ruch
UPCOMING CERT EVENTS
Public invited to attend special meeting of Siuslaw Talespinners
- What is a Toastmaster? What is C.E.R.T.? Although these
terms are used often in our local paper many people do not really understand what they mean. YOU are invited to attend
the Siuslaw Talespinners Club meeting on December 18th from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at Siuslaw Valley Fire and Rescue, 2625 Highway
101, and learn more about both organizations. The theme for the meeting is emergency preparedness. You will have
an opportunity to offer your ideas and suggestions on how we can work as a community and interest more residents in emergency
readiness and becoming a CERT member. Attend the meeting and you will have a better understanding of how Florence
is preparing for disaster response.
This is a busy time of year for everyone so remember...you can't
predict, but you can prepare! As of January 2004, 50 states, three territories and six foreign countries are using
the CERT training.
Join us Monday, December 18, 2006, at 7:00 PM to learn more.
For additional information call Jim Perry at 997-6971. Refreshments will be served following the meeting.
The CERT Board (Board Members) will
meet Wednesday, December 13, 2006, 7 p.m. at the Florence Main Firestation downstairs (26th & Hwy 101).
- The Bi-monthly Overall CERT meeting (all CERT Members) will
be held Wednesday, January 10, 2007, 7 p.m. at the Florence Firestation upstairs. The main agenda item will be a communications
CERT NEWS FOR NOVEMBER
By Cal Crowe
A small tsunami was recorded along the Oregon and California
Coasts recently. The surge reported Wednesday November 15, 2006 ranged from a slight 2.6 inches in Astoria to 44.1 inches
in Port Orford, according to tide guages monitored by the West Coast & Alaska Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer, Alaska.
Instruments at the Charleston Boat Basin and the South Slough Estuary south of Coos Bay surged about 3.5 inches that began
at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 15 and reverberated through the Estuary like ripples across a pond for about 12 hours afterward. The small
tsunami was triggered by an 8.3 earthquake near the Kuril Islands off Russia.
Our sympathies and prayers go out to Coast Village resident and
long time CERT supporter, Donna Kerns, who lost her son over the Thanksgiving weekend. 49 year old Joseph Kerns of Puyallup,
Washington, was tragically killed in an accident which a Washington State compared to being struck by lightning, a falling
tree fell on his pickup truck on I-90 north of Snoqualmie Pass killing him instantly and passenger, 22-year-old Alex Minneman
of Puyallup who died on the way to a local hospital. Two other people in the vehicle were not seriously injured and included
Kerns' 19 year old son, Abraham Kerns and 23-year-old Jonathan Burrell, both of Puyallup who survived the accident. Trooper,
Jeff Merrill, said the tree that hit the pickup was over a 100 feet tall and two to three feet in diameter. Officers don't
know why the tree feel or whether it was weather-related. There was snow in the area and the ground could have been softened
by recent rains, but there were no strong winds at the time. The accident was reported Just before 7 a.m. Friday November
24, 2006 east of Seattle area summit.
Florence CERT Radio
Regions and FRS/GMRS Channels
Channel 1, (White): Sutton Lake Fire
Station; east of 101 to Friendly Acres
Channel 1, (Black): Dune City
Channel 2, (Blue): Coast Guard Station:
Kla-Ha-Nee to 35th to Highway 101
Channel 3, (Green): Greentrees Ocean to
101, and then 35th to 9th
Channel 4, (Gold): Old Town Fire Station
Ocean to N. Fork south of 9th River, 9th north to 22nd, 101 to North Fork Road
Channel 5, (Orange): Coast Village, E.
of 101 between 22nd & Munsel Lake Road
Channel 6, (Red): Florentine Estates incl.
north of Munsel Lake Rd Friendly Acres
Channel 7, (Gray): Main Fire Station