Allen CERT Steering Committee meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month, 7:30 PM, at la Madeleine. Due to several scheduling conflicts, the October meeting has been pushed to Wednesday, October 11th (same time and location).
As always, all members are invited to attend.
The Plano Amateur Radio Club is hosting a Technician License course & exam opportunity on the weekend of October 21st. As usual, this class is free to attend and only $14.00 for the exam – A deal that can’t be beat!
If you have been meaning to get your license, this is your chance.
To register – and for more information – contact Mike Pruden at NN5ZZ@ARRL.ORG
The City of Allen Arbor Day celebration is scheduled for Saturday, October 28th from 9:00 AM – Noon. This year’s event will be held at the Twin Creeks Park at 803 Shallowater Drive.
Allen CERT has been asked to participate by setting up a table and talking with attendees. This will be a casual event and the weather should be great.
If you would like to help represent our program, email email@example.com today!
More information on the Arbor Day celebration can be found here: http://www.cityofallen.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=5144
On Saturday, November 4th, a test of our dispatch procedures will coincide with the Basic Training Disaster Simulation. Here’s what you can do to prepare.
Verify Contact Information
If you received a text message during the last Simulated Dispatch and your mobile number has not changed, you are set. If your number has changed, or you did not receive a text, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to update your number.
Save Sender Number
Text messages will come from “797-979”; Save that number in your phone as “Allen CERT Dispatch” to avoid confusion. Some phones have settings that hide suspicious text messages and have prevented members from receiving texts in the past. Carriers sometimes block these before delivery so you may want to check with your provider ahead of time if you have not received activation texts for prior exercises.
Download GroupMe App
Dispatch text messages contain a link to the GroupMe session where you can confirm receipt, indicate mobilization capabilities, and obtain ongoing operational updates. Download the GroupMe app on your phone and be sure to set up an account if you have not already. Assistance with GroupMe is available online at https://help.groupme.com/hc/en-us. You can also attend any Steering Committee meeting – held on the first Wednesday of each month – for additional support.
Prepare Your Response
Upon receipt of the initial dispatch text message, it is asked that each CERT Member respond to confirm receipt and indicate your mobilization capability. GroupMe is the preferred vehicle for doing so but text responses are also accepted.
Mobilization will not be requested but everyone is more than welcome to dress up and assist with the Disaster Simulation taking place at the same time. The exact location will be provided to those that respond to the activation text.
From Melanie Devine, Acting Manager of the Emergency Preparedness Department of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG):
My esteemed north central Texas CERT colleagues,
It is with deep appreciation and respect that I send this email to each of you.
Our regional CERT leadership is known to be the best in the state, and once again you have all stepped up to prove it. We have been through some challenging times over the years, and each time our CERT programs have been there for our emergency management communities, groups, individuals impacted by devastating circumstances, and others in need.
I am grateful for your continued dedication, including the dissemination of important CERT information to your members (most recently coming at you during all times of the day and night with instructions changing by the minute).
As in any disaster, things did not always go in a way we might hope recently; however, our teams stood fast, responded to the calls, and made our State proud. Thank you for your part in the success of our north Texas relief efforts – your role was absolutely essential.