Category Archives: Newsletter 2016.10

Volunteers Needed for Disaster Simulation

We are looking for volunteers to assist with our 11th Annual Allen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Disaster Simulation Training Exercise.  In general, we need volunteers age 18 or older; or scout troop members who are accompanied by their scout leader; or other age appropriate children accompanied by their parents. We are in need of some 60+ volunteers to play two key roles.  First, our need is for simulated injured victims of a Tornado complete with used (possibility of never to be used again) clothing that may be ripped and/or stained with injury make-up (moulage).  These folks will need assistance to exit our simulated damaged building with follow-up medical staging and initial wound care.  Second, is a need for individuals to play the role of what we refer to as “walking wounded”.  These are individuals who have little or no simulated injuries but will need guidance to exit our simulated damaged building/scene.

This is good fun for co-workers, families, scout troops and civic minded people to train our newest CERT volunteers for future emergency response.  This CERT program is part of the Allen Fire Department community education.

This year we are using the Allen ISD Service Center.   The location is at the NW intersection of Watters and Boss Boots Lane.  Volunteer parking will be clearly marked. We are preparing a full scale simulation with a variety of scenes that will challenge our trainees.

The date of the exercise is Saturday, October 22, from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

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Q3 Accomplishments

2016 is shaping up to be a banner year for Allen CERT. Among the many accomplishments since January, here are a few in the past 3 months for which we can pat ourselves on the back:

Continuing Education


We have all been asking for opportunities to go beyond the CERT Basic Training curriculum to pick up skills and knowledge that will make us a more valuable asset to the community. In July, we huddled around a few tables one evening to talk through the lessons we learned during our response to the Garland/Rowlett tornado. We came to terms with classroom vs. reality – organized response vs. chaos & confusion – and what we can do to better prepare for large-scale responses, both physically and mentally. The conversation was then supplemented in August when Mark Fox (Chief Meteorologist, NOAA/NWS-FTW) joined us to analyze the bizarre weather on December 26th 2015 and dispell some rumors about tornadic behavior.

Don’t forget to join us in a couple weeks on October 11th to learn about traffic safety with APD Sgt. John Felty.

Preparedness Expo


Every year, Allen CERT organizes one of many preparedness-oriented events in an effort to educate the general public on disaster readiness and volunteer opportunities. This event typically conflicts with other major events in the community to so attracting large crowds is always a challenge. This year, however, we saw surprisingly large numbers come out to visit with us at the Lowe’s parking lot on September 10th, despite less-than-ideal weather (let’s be honest, it was bad) and the St. Jude’s annual carnival down the street.

Volunteer Hours


During the third quarter of 2016, we collectively attended 10 events that qualified as volunteer opportunities. 26 Allen CERT members were engaged this quarter with an average of 7 members attending each event. The most number of volunteer hours was recorded at the Preparedness Expo for 55 hours, with the Simulated Dispatch coming in a close second with 52 hours. In total, we logged 182 volunteer hours for Q3.2016. We currently stand at just over 600 volunteer hours for the year, which puts us on track to far exceed last year’s total.

Thank you all for your dedication to the Allen CERT program and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!

Traffic Management Class – Oct. 11

Have you ever wondered what you would do if confronted with a debris-ridden intersection and dozens of vehicles trying to get through? What about an out-of-order traffic signal in the aftermath of a disaster when authorities are unavailable?

Join us on Tuesday, October 11th at 6:30 PM to understand the basics of traffic management protocols and best practices. We’ll learn how to move vehicles through congested areas in an effective, and most importantly, safe manner.

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BIG X Website Launched

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has proudly launched a one-stop-shop website for information regarding the largest multi-jurisdictional exercise in the region.

Click here to visit the site

Dozens of CERTs across the metroplex are invited to join first responders in a robust emergency response simulation that will teach us new tricks and challenge existing skills.

Official registration is not open but you can still pre-register here.