A few exciting volunteer and training opportunities have been added to the CERT calendar! Sign up is enabled below each event detail.
Allen Recycles Day
Nov 3, 0700 – 1300
The City of Allen will be hosting this semi-annual cleanup event at City Hall next month and have called on Allen CERT again to assist with traffic and crowd management.
Dec 1, 0600 – 1000
The end-of-year marathon is back and Allen Parks & Recreation have asked us to return. We first joined this event last year with the role of monitoring the race course at specified checkpoints and communicating any problems to race course officials. Our role will be similar this year if not expanded. If you are looking to leverage your amateur radio capabilities, this is the event for you.
Allen Rotary Christmas Parade
Dec 2, 1300 – 1600
We did it – we are in the parade this year! The details are still being worked out but we want a big presence for our first ever participation in Allen’s Christmas Parade. Let’s show our community that Allen CERT is here and ready to serve.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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!
Pick up some tips & tricks, and meet a celebrity!
Plano CERT is hosting the one-and-only Clint Emerson on October 16th, 6:30 PM, at the Plano OEM, and they have extended the invitation to Allen CERT.
Clint Emerson is a Navy Seal, business owner, best-selling author, and survival instructor. His book, 100 Deadly Skills was on the New York Times Best Seller list and he travels the world teaching everyday folks how to increase their chances of surviving the worst day of their lives.
He is visiting Plano CERT to share, what he calls, “100 Deadly Skills in a Disaster”.
Space Is Limited
…so register now by emailing Judith Aubrey at email@example.com with the following information:
- First and Last Name
- Jurisdiction (Allen CERT)
On Monday, August 20, special guest Tim Marshall (pictured above) will share industry standards for assessing and reporting damage in a disaster response. In addition, he will share what he has learned from years of experience in the psychology aspect of a post-disaster scene.
Tim Marshall began his career in meteorology and disaster response in the early 80’s and has worked for Haag Engineering, NOAA, and the National Weather Service. He was on the team that developed the Enhanced Fujita scale and has contributed to many other national initiatives and innovations.
He is looking forward to sharing his expertise with other emergency response organizations and we are very lucky to have made his schedule. Please plan to attend this practical training that will directly impact our capabilities when called upon. The class will take place at Allen Central Fire Station, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.
Note: This event is intended for active members of the Allen Community Emergency Response Team. If you are interested in attending, but not a member, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
As part of our contract with the city, we will be beautifying Century Parkway this Saturday, August 4th. The cleanup will start at 9:00 am to take advantage of cooler morning temperatures.
We will meet in the north parking lot of Central Fire Station for a quick briefing before heading out.
You are welcome to bring family and friends.
Disasters Happen – Prepare Now
September is National Preparedness Month and, as usual, we celebrate by hosting the annual Allen Preparedness Expo. Several community-based and professional organizations such as AFD, COP, CFA, and Minuteman Disaster Response will bring their exhibits. This is a free, family-friendly event that is open to the general public.
Stop by Lowe’s Home Improvement, September 15th, 09:00 – 14:00 to learn what you can do to prepare yourself, your family, and your business for a disaster, and see what resources and services are provided for you in the City of Allen. There will be activities for kids and adults.
- Allen Community Emergency Response Team
- Amateur Radio organizations
- Allen Animal Shelter (Animal Control)
- Allen Police Department
- Citizens on Patrol (COP)
- Citizens Fire Academy
- Allen Fire Department
- Minuteman Disaster Response
Note: There is a known issue with the sign up form that results in a timeout error upon submission. Registration details are still being processed in the face of this error so please click the button only once.
In case you missed it, our Disaster Animal Response class was split into two parts.
In Part I, we discussed the elements that animals add to disaster response planning and operations, as well as pet owner preparedness best practices. This class had a wonderful turnout and very positive feedback. Our instructor, Debi Michnick (Allen Animal Control Supervisor), walked us through animal behavior and early aggression indicators. She was even gracious enough to prepare and distribute disaster pet preparedness plans for us to take home.
If you missed Part I, don’t worry, you can still attend Part II! Our next session is scheduled for July 16th, same time and place – 6:30 at Central. In the next class, Debi will be teaching us techniques for handling animals in a disaster scene. Expect a very interactive experience with hands-on demonstrations.
No registration is necessary, simply show up by 6:30 to take advantage of this incredible training opportunity.
It’s back and better than ever
The biggest hamfest in Texas is celebrating its 40th anniversary and will be bringing some very positive changes from last year including:
- Moving back to the Plano Event Center
- Free parking
- Outdoor flea market
- 3-day event
- And more!
When and Where?
Ham-Com 2018 is a 3-day event that starts Friday June 8 at 1:00 PM and ends Sunday June 10 at 2:00 PM.
This year’s event will be at the Plano Event Center, 2000 E Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano, 75074. Click here for a map/directions.
What is Ham-Com?
The largest Amateur Radio and Electronics show in Texas! Ham-Com showcases the latest in ham radio and related gear. Enjoy three days of classes, lectures, vendor sales, a swap meet, and more.
If you have been wanting some new gear, you’ll find it here!
Visit the Ham-Com 2018 website for much more information such as event schedules, vendor layouts, and volunteer opportunities.
I want in!
Tickets are $8 in advance online or $10 at the door. Children 17 and under are free. The first 3,000 people through the door will receive a commemorative 40th anniversary pin.
May 19 – May 20, 2018
The Plano Amateur Radio Club will be presenting a Technician level amateur radio class on May 19th and 20th, 2018. The class will be held at the Allen Central Fire Station training center, which is located at 310 Century Parkway, in Allen TX. As always the class is free, the EXAM is $14.00 cash. We are looking at a timeframe of 8:00am- 5:00pm on Saturday and 8:00am- 3:00pm on Sunday, with the EXAM starting at 3:00 pm on Sunday. Limited parking should be available on the north side of the fire station. Additional parking is available across the street (Century Parkway), at the City of Allen municipal complex.
To prepare for this class, we urge you to pick up a copy of the Ham Radio School’s Technician Class study guide prior to the class, and read through the course material at least once. If you prepare by reading through the study guide, and marking any items that you have questions about, and then pay attention and ask questions during the two day training class, there is an excellent probability that you will pass the exam with a high score. Other Technician License Study Guides are available locally at the Ham Radio Outlet store 701 E. Plano Parkway Suite 406, across the street from Fry’s Electronics in Plano.
A government issued photo ID will be required to take the exam on Sunday afternoon (FCC Requirement). Other amateur radio class exams (General,Extra) will also be available for those wishing to take those exams. For these advanced exams, you will need to bring a copy of your current amateur radio license.
To register for this class…
or if you have additional questions, please send an email to Mike Pruden at NN5ZZ@ARRL.NET. Please provide:
- Name (first and last)
- Email Address
- Phone Number
so we can contact you with any questions.
Have you ever driven by City Hall on an early spring Saturday morning and observed a mile-long line of vehicles with junk poking out of all the windows? Twice a year, The City of Allen hosts it’s Great American Cleanup which serves as a chance for Allen residents to “Dump or donate almost anything at Allen’s biggest cleanup event!”
But there’s a recurring problem; It’s less about the line of cars wrapped around Century Pkwy and more about the same cars as they navigate through the City Hall parking lot. That’s where we come in. The City has reached out to Allen CERT seeking help with overseeing the safety of volunteers in the parking lot.
To answer the call, we are looking for 8-12 volunteers (more welcome) for Saturday, April 28th, 07:30 – 13:00. If needed – and enough volunteers are involved – shifts can be established.
- Chris D
- Joe W
- Brent W
- Joan B
- Traci R
- Kenneth S
- Carl C
- Noreen O
- Ty W
- Joy L
- Kim S
- Chris S