All posts by Traci Reavis

CERT Team Volunteers Needed for Simulation Day

We are in need of volunteers to assist with execution of the simulation on Saturday, October 27th.   There is a wide variety of roles to fill including, moulage, safety monitor, victim coordination, etc.  Additionally, we can use all the help we can get the evening before for setup.

  • Setup will be Friday 10/26 from 4:30 – 9:00ish – the more people we have the faster that goes.
  • Saturday, we will need volunteers from 6:30 am – 1:00 pm (depending on the roll you perform).  We are flexible if you want to help but need to leave early for personal reasons.

If you are interested in helping out, please email me:  simulation@allentxcert.org.

I am out of the country 9/27 – 10/6 but will acknowledge receipt of your email as soon as possible upon my return.

I look forward to seeing everyone!

2018 Simulation Committee Volunteers Needed

This year our disaster simulation will be held October 27th. We are on track for this to be as big as last year!! Great news for our program!

If you are interested in helping out this year, please reply to the simulation email box below. We will start meeting toward the end of August and meet once a week for an hour ahead of the simulation. The time commitment is not huge, just be aware that the week or two right before the simulation will require a little extra time.

simulation@allentxcert.org

If you have any questions about the committee charter or the time commitment, please indicate you’d like a call back in your email and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Look forward to working with you!!

Regards,
Traci

2017 Disaster Simulation Debrief

Every year, a fresh group of Allen residents put 8 weeks and 24 hours of classroom training to the test by being throw into the ultimate simulated disaster. For the students, this day is a critical step to convert training into experience. However, equally important, is the opportunity for the Allen CERT program to exercise old and new tactics for managing an incident, and setting the class up for success. Following each simulated disaster, we make it a priority to sit around the table and evaluate our methods to ensure we are continually improving planning and execution for future classes. This year was no different, and the team – made up of veteran and brand new members – pulled together a robust list of strengths and opportunities identified in this year’s exercise that will translate into a better experience next year.

Big Wins

We set several new records this year; First, by facilitated the largest class in Allen CERT history this year with 44 students (now members) participating in the final exercise.

A large-scale call to action resulted in over 110 volunteers from around Allen playing various victim roles.

32 Allen CERT members showed up on “simulation day” to contribute 340 hours to the event’s success.

We also implemented new tools and techniques, such as reusable triage cards and a magnetic ICS accountability board, both of which proved valuable.

Key Strengths

Many of the volunteer victims were “walking wounded” which added more chaos to the mix and tested the class’ ability to clear the fog of a disaster scene.

The class managed to complete the exercise in record time!

 

Following the exercise, AFD 5C-shift hosted a panel discussion that was very engaging, helped stitch together holistic operations, and allowed the class an opportunity to evaluate their strengths.

To top it off, we were extremely fortunate to have transportation and security graciously donated by the Allen Independent School District!

Key Improvement Opportunities

Communications is one our strongest pillars and remains so because we prioritize its ongoing evaluation.

This year is no different and we recognized several opportunities to simplify, expand, and/or improve our disaster simulation communications model.

Resource check-in was quickly bottle-necked which resulted in a slow start to search and rescue operations. This was largely caused by the sheer size of the class but, with the increasing forecast of future classes, some excellent ideas were proposed for mitigating this in the future – a solution is being tested already with great initial results.

We quickly discovered that 110 volunteer victims introduce more oversight and management complexity. Going forward, a more robust briefing, instructions, and management model will help mitigate volunteer/responder confusion.

Summary

We make a huge effort to implement new tools and tactics into each disaster simulation which undoubtedly produces both positive and negative results. We consider this success because, without negative results, we do not innovate.

Hat tip to Traci Reavis for organizing this year’s (and past years’) disaster simulation and facilitating the debrief.

We are all looking forward to next  year!

Allen CERT Simulation Planning Team – Volunteers Needed

This year’s Simulation is going to be one for the books! We have decided to run two concurrent classes this year doubling (at least) the number of students that will participate in the simulation. We are going to need all hands on deck for the planning of this event.

If you are interested in helping out this year, please sign-up below. We will start meeting toward the end of August and meet once a week for an hour ahead of the simulation November 4th. The time commitment is not huge, just be aware that the week or two right before the simulation may require a little extra time.

If you have any questions please let me know.  Please use the link below to sign-up.  If you indicate you are interested but would like more information I will reach out to you directly to answer any questions you have.

Regards,

Traci

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