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As of 2005, I was involved as the Coordinator for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the city of Allen, TX. After 10 years, I turned over the coordinator role to a fellow CERT member, Chris Diltz. I remain as a CERT member and Certified Instructor. I have also been involved in assisting in the Allen Fire Department's Citizens Fire Academy (CFA) program since 2003 and also a member of the Allen Rehab Team. I have been involved in a number of areas related to Communications Inventory, specifically the Oracle Communications UIM (Unified Inventory Management) and MetaSolv Solution (MSS) applications. I have had 22 years of Telecommunications experience with Mid-Continent Telephone/Alltel (Now Windstream) and 20 years in supporting software development support with MetaSolv Software/Oracle. I am also very active at the First Baptist Church in Allen in various roles including our Bible Fellowship Group, Worship Together Ministry and Medical Response Team. Specialties: Telecommunications, Telecommunications Software, Disaster Response

FEMA Releases Revised IS-100.c And IS-700.b Courses

FEMA has just released two revised online NIMS courses a couple days ago:

 IS-100.c, An Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
This course introduces the Incident Command System (ICS) and provides the foundation for higher level ICS training. The course describes the history, features and principles, and organizational structure of the Incident Command System. It also explains the relationship between ICS and the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
IS-100.c, An Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS 100
This course provides an overview of NIMS. NIMS defines the comprehensive approach guiding the whole community – all levels of government, nongovernmental organizations (NGO), and the private sector – to work together seamlessly to prevent, protect against, mitigate, respond to, and recover from the effects of incidents. The course provides learners with a basic understanding of NIMS concepts, principles, and components.

Together, these two online courses form the foundation of NIMS training for all incident personnel.

 The classroom versions of IS-100.c and IS-700.b are also under revision and will be released later this summer.
Please note that IS-100.c and IS-700.b are updated versions of the IS-100.b and IS-700.a courses. If you have successfully completed a previous version of these courses there is no FEMA requirement to take the revised versions of the courses. However, because these courses contain new information based on the revised NIMS, October 2017, you may find it informative to review the new versions of these courses.

Disaster Recovery Resources from The Red Guide to Recovery

These recovery resources, brochures, and tips below are here to help you in the process of recovery. The more you know, the greater advantage you have to plan and guide your own recovery process.

For more information, go to

Dwelling Inventory of Features and Fixtures
Emergency Contact Wallet Card
Vehicle Emergency Kit Checklist
Homeowner Disaster Preparedness Binder
Quick Start Guide – 10 Point Checklist
Emergency Plan and Contact Information Card
Securing Property After a Disaster
Lost Pet Poster Template
Home Improvement Contract Checklist & Tips
Contractor Questionnaire & Checklist
Public Insurance Adjuster Questionnaire & Tips
Restoring Utilities After A Disaster

Volunteers Needed for Station 2 Ribbon Cutting and Open House

As part of our CERT responsibilities, we are looking for volunteers to assist in Traffic Control and Parking for the Fire Station 2 Ribbon Cutting and Open House this Saturday. We are needed 9:00 AM through 1:00 PM, but we will determine the exact coverage time required depending on the flow of traffic at the event. CERT members who have participated in the Allen Eagle Run and the Traffic Control training would be beneficial, but not required.

We realize that the Big X event is taking place on the same day, but anyone not going and available would be appreciated.

Anyone available, please contact Dave Campbell directly at or 469-371-1018 by tomorrow (Friday).