Newsletter Prepared by: Cal Crowe, CERT Volunteer.
|HAPPY BIRTHDAY USA
|JULY 4, 2007
Volunteer of the Month
The CERT Volunteer of the month is no stranger to Volunteerism. CERT Publicity
Director, Jacquie Beveridge, has been quite active in CERT and other activities here in Florence. Since “retiring” to Florence several years ago with her husband, Larry, she has become the
Activity Committee co-chair at Coast Village where she also serves on the Board of Directors.
Jacquie co-founded the Florence Herb Enthusiasts, a “growing” group of people who are interested in exploring,
experiencing and learning about culinary, craft and medicinal uses of herbs through monthly meetings and field trips. She is currently serving as Publicity Director on the CERT Board of Directors and
is also on the Disaster Prepardness Expo Committee. This past June, she graduated
from the Ford Family Foundation Leadership Program.
Her life has been directed toward serving others, including a 20-year career in law enforcement for the City of San
Diego and later for San Diego County as a deputy. Part of her career included
being a Police Officer/EMT before San Diego had paramedic service. Besides being
a training officer, Jacquie coordinated the Court Emergency Medical Unit, taught Earthquake Prepardness, CPR, First Aid, and
First Responder classes. She also served as chair of the San Diego Public Safety
Committee, a committee founded in 1925, concerned with all aspects of safety for San Diego County.
Jacquie’s life hasn’t always been easy, especially coping with the loss of two of her sons. For 12 years, she was the Administrator for the Hug-A-Tree and Survive Program, a survival education program
for children ages 5-12. This program was developed as a direct result of the
tragic death of her 9-year old son, Jimmy. In addition to teaching children essential
wilderness survival education techniques, she wrote the training manuals for presenters and trainers, did fund raising, wrote
press releases, trained presenters from all over the world at Search and Rescue conferences and coordinated 1,500 presenters.
After retiring from San Diego County, she returned to school and received a certification as a Holistic Health Practitioner
and also became a Certified Healing Touch Practitioner. In her private practice,
she provided therapeutic massage and Healing Touch. Jacquie also worked part
time for an alternative cancer treatment clinic and said she had the blessing of working on patients from all over the world. Jacquie has also volunteered her services for many Hospice patients.
Jacquie is not all work and no play. She loves to travel (especially with
her husband), garden, go to yoga and qigong classes, and spend time with her four living children, ten grandchildren and three
great-grandchildren. According to Jacquie, she is thankful to be living in Florence….”the
best place in the world.” Thank you, Jacquie, for your support of CERT
and our community. It shows!!
CERT Board of Directors Meeting - Monday,
July 9 2007, 7 p.m., Main Florence Fire Station (Down Stairs)
CERT General Membership Meeting
(All CERT Members) - Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 7 p.m., Florence Main Fire Station (Upstairs). Special Speaker -
James Roddey, Communications Coordinator for the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral Industries (DOGAMI).
Jim has a geology degree and 20 years of broadcasting experience. He will be discussing details of a recently-completed
study involving building vulnerability during an earthquake.
COAST VILLAGE EARTHQUAKE DISASTER DRILL (JUNE
CERT would like to thank all who participated in the earthquake drill on Saturday,
June 30th at Coast Village.
Everyone did a fantastic job. The weather was perfect. Even though
we encountered some difficulties and everything didn't go as expected, it was a very successful learning experience for all
of us. We will definitely be reviewing how we can do things better in the future. Thanks for everyone's patience.
Have a fun and safe summer!!
Cal Crowe, CERT Member
August 18, 2007 - Festival of the Lakes in Dunes City (10a.m.-3p.m.). CERT will
be setting up a booth.
August 25, 2007 - "Are You Ready" Class (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) at the Florence Main
September 15, 2007 - CERT Disaster Preparedness EXPO at the Siuslaw Middle School
(9a.m.-4p.m.) during "National Disaster Preparedness Month." Joanne Verger, Oregon State Senator, will be attending as our
Honorary Chairperson. The purpose of the Disaster Preparedness Expo is to provide a fun, interactive environment focused
on disaster preparation, response, and recovery in coastal communities and to encourage volunteer opportunities for disaster
preparedness by showcasing demonstrations and resources from qualified presenters of established organizations. The
event will specifically include education and awareness regarding earthquake, tsunami, fire safety, medical needs, community
security, coastal water safety, neighborhood watch, school preparedness, hazardous materials and home disaster preparedness.
October 22, 2007 - Fall CERT Class begins, Florence Main Fire Station.
To Be Determined- Greentrees Evacuation Exercise at 11 a.m. in conjunction with the City of Florence's tsunami