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By Cal Crowe, CERT Volunteer

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CONGRATULATIONS
New CERT Graduates 2007
 
 

NEW CERT GRADUATES
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DECEMBER CERT TRAINING CLASS

The attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, the high jacking of airline flights, the Oklahoma City bombings, the several severe national weather related events and the recent California fires have demonstrated the extreme importance and active involvement that citizens play in addressing these tragic and deadly situations. That is why Confederated Tribes of the Coos - Lower Umpqua is sponsoring a training class in conjunction with the Western Community Policing Institute in Mommouth, Oregon entitled "Creating Vigilant, Prepared and Resilient Communities for Homeland Security". The classes will be held Monday and Tuesday December 3 & 4, 2007, at the Florence main fire station (26 & Hwy 101) from 8 am - 5 p.m. The program is open to faith based organizations, public safety professionals and Citizen Corps which includes CERT, Fire Corps, Medical Reserve Corps, Volunteers and Police Service and USA On Watch. The no-cost training is supported and certified by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Office of Grants and Training. Pre-Registration is required on a first-come, first-serve basis. Individual registrations must be received by November 27, 2007 by dropping by the Florence Main Fire Station and picking up a Registration Form, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Course topics include problem based learning, group dynamics, critical thinking, leadership, community policing, homeland security, impact fear, community responsibility, ethics, action planning, and group presentation. For further information please  contact Lieutenant Gil Datan at 541-997-6011 x 4206, Confederated Tribes Police Department.

Picture from Greentrees Exercise October 26
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GREENTREES TSUNAMI DRILL

A distant tsunami is bearing down on the Oregon Coast. The emergency sirens blast and the civilian volunteers from Greentrees move quickly to open an emergency shelter at their clubhouse. A call is placed to the Florence Police Department requesting aid for traffic control to help residents on the west side of Rhododendron Drive to cross as they evacuate their homes, which are in the tsunami inundation zone. Ambulances are dispatched from West Lane Ambulance to assist any casualties in the evacuation. The Florence Fire Department moves its Emergency Mobile Command Center to the area. The Greentrees clubhouse is quickly converted to an emergency facility complete with a medical room manned by trained volunteers, a command center in the maintenance building, a staging area for Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) responding to the situation to form up into search and rescue teams, a dog pound, and a cattery for housing pets. As soon as the evacuees reached the Recreation Hall and were registered they were provided a minimal lunch of soup and chili prepared from stored emergency food supplies. The CERT teams were dispatched to the west side of Greentrees to sweep through the neighborhood searching for survivors and recording the locations of those who failed to respond to the emergency.  Yes, this was a practice drill! But it was a serious attempt to demonstrate the level of preparedness of this community of nearly 600 homes. The disaster could have been a major windstorm, an earthquake, or some other traumatic event. Many of those who evacuated brought with them their 72-hour emergency evacuation kits that they had previously prepared and which contained among other items, food, water, and medicines they might need to survive for a few days outside their homes. Following the lunch, Fire Chief John Buchanan talked to them about personal preparedness for disasters as well as some information about the role of the West Lane Emergency Operations Group, which is developing disaster plans for the city and outlying areas as a whole. This was followed by a lecture by our guest speaker, James Roddey, the Information Officer for the Oregon Department of Geology and Industries. Mr. Roddey provided a very informative and entertaining discussion of the unique geological features of the Oregon Coast that will someday produce a devastating earthquake and tsunami as has happed approximately every 300 to 1000 years in the past. We are now at the 300 year mark since the last event. For further information about personal disaster preparedness please call the Siuslaw Fire Department at 997-3212.   Article by Ken Stone, Greentrees CERT (GERT).

PICTURES BY KEN STONE
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GREENTREES EVACUATION DRILL
October 26, 2007
CERT Volunteers
 

CERT PARTICIPANTS
Evaluaters
Dave Davis & Anne Machalek
Commanders
Ken Stone - Incident Commander; Frank Souze - Operations Chief; Lori Grender - Documentation; Cal Crowe PIO.
Transportation
Gerald Hogg & Lon Bradley
Medical
Pat Cowles & Barbara Stockwell
Counters
Nan Osborn - Vehicles & Terri Myers - Walkers

Team Members

Ann Cook, Bob Palmer, Brad Smith, David Sedlacek, Debbie Golob, Diane Biltz, Fred Williams, June Clingingpeel, Mary Lehman & Michelle Davis

 

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