ArkStorm tabletop exercise – A big “Thank You” to Tom Briggs, CERT
Outreach Coordinator and CERT volunteers Barry Hand, Janet Hand, John
Keplinger, Rosan Rich, and Henry Westcott, for assisting at the REOC during the ArkStorm tabletop exercise on March 14. Our CERT crew did an amazing job assisting dozens of participants accessing the building, scribing for section chiefs, relaying messages and performing a number of other duties. This tabletop exercise grouped individuals from different services, combining Community Development, Flood Control, Reno Public Works, ARES, Health District, Bureau of Reclamation, Red Cross, and WCSO. Identifying their available resources (people, equipment, skills and abilities) groups worked through a major storm scenario. The resources identified at this exercise were eye opening. While the next major flood will certainly challenge our communities and resources, based on the information presented our communities are more resilient than before, which should improve recovery.
CERT ‘Skills Drill’– On Saturday, March 1 st , Program Manager Shirlee Rhodes conducted a CERT Skills Drill at the Regional Public Safety Training Center. This Drill provided volunteers with the opportunity to practice basic skills in a more realistic environment. The focus of the Drill was ICS organization and forms, with enough tasks and injects to encourage creative thought and flexible approaches within the parameters of CERT protocols. Shirlee built ‘Dummies’ for the part of our search ‘victims’ instead of using CERT’s as live role players, giving everyone a chance to actively participate in the drill. The teams made an impressive effort to use the ICS forms provided, and exhibited very good organization and communications, making clear team assignments for tasks required. Thanks to Shirlee for putting on this well-organized and worthwhile training, a special thanks to Roy and Katherine Bain, Rosan Rich and Lorraine Manatt for being proctors, and thanks to all those volunteers who came out to join us and train on a chilly Saturday morning.
Here is what is coming up:
National Flood Safety Awareness Week: March 16-22 – On average, flooding causes more property damage in the U.S. than any other weather-related event, causing millions of dollars in damages and about 90 fatalities annually. Most flood-related fatalities are the result of driving into floodwaters. Before a flood strikes familiarize yourself with safe evacuation routes. Know your risk; monitor the local forecast, have your “Go Kit” handy, and plan accordingly. Visit http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov for more information on how you can protect yourself and your family in the event of a flood.
CERT Academy dates – Upcoming CERT academy dates for April and July are as follows:
April 10, April 11 from 6-9 PM; April 12 th 9 AM-4PM; April 17, April 18 from 6-9 PM, April 19 th 9AM-4 PM.
July 10, July 11 from 6-9 PM; July 12 th 9 AM-4PM; July 17, July 18 from 6-9 PM; July 19 th 9 AM-4PM.
If you would like a training refresher, please feel free to enroll in either academy by contacting Program Manager Shirlee Rhodes at email@example.com
Volunteer Awareness Month – April is National Volunteer Awareness Month! Please join us April 8th at the County Commission meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. Our County Commission will read this year’s Proclamation recognizing the volunteers for their hard work and dedication to Washoe County, followed by a group photo. After the recognition portion of the meeting concludes, there will be a “Thank You” reception with light refreshments for all of our volunteers to enjoy, in the foyer of Building “A” of the County Complex located at 1100 E. Ninth Street (corner of Ninth and Wells), just north of I-80. No RSVP needed. Please join us!
Crime Lab Open House – Have you ever wondered about the tools and expertise used by our Forensics Team in the WCSO Crime Lab? On April 24 from 8:30 am until 4 PM, you can get a glimpse of the technology used to solve crimes at the WCSO Crime Lab Open House. No need to call in advance–See
Upcoming Child I.D. Events, please call Rod at 775-846-2140 if you can assist with Child ID.
Friday, March 21, 2014, 6:00 pm, Kerak Shrine Circus. Reno Livestock Events Center on Wells Avenue. On the south side of the center, just past the bleachers. Tell the ticket takers at the door that you are a volunteer for the Child ID Program. Times are when volunteers should be at the ID booth.
Saturday, March 22, 2014, 10:00, 2:00 & 6:00 pm, Kerak Shrine Circus. See Friday instructions.
Sunday, March 23, 2014, 12:00 & 4:00 pm, Kerak Shrine Circus. See above.
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 9:00 to 11:30 am, Safe and Healthy Homes. Idlewild Park in the California Building. Items for the home will be on display and runs including a 10K run are scheduled.
Saturday, April 19, 2014, 1:00 to 3:00 pm, Children’s Easter Party, 601 Peckham Lane, Reno.
Saturday, May 3, 2014, 11:00 to 3:00 pm, Cabela’s, 8650 Boomtown Road, Reno.
Monday, May 26, 2014, 11:00 to 4:00 pm, Kids and Hero’s. Ben Franklin Lodge 45 at Kerak Shrine, 4935 Energy Way, Reno. Mobile blood drive and car seat inspections with several items for the children.
Sunday, June 1, 2014, 11:00 to 4:00 pm, Cops and Burgers Show-N-Shine at Victorian Square, Sparks across from Ascuaga’s Nugget Casino
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 11:00 to 3:00 pm, Cabela’s, 8650 Boomtown Road, Reno. Family Outdoor Adventure Day event.
Saturday, June 21, 2014, Time TBA, Kids Day at the Rodeo. Reno Livestock Events Center on Wells Avenue. We will be in the building just north of the main building.
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 11:00 to 3:00 pm, Cabela’s, 8650 Boomtown Road, Reno. Great Fall Outdoor Days event. Many activities and sales scheduled. We are straight in from the front doors to the rear by the animal mountain.