Category Archives: Training

Adopt-A-Highway

We need your help!

It’s our turn to clean up Century Parkway. Our first 2017 Adopt-a-Highway is scheduled for Saturday, March 18 at 8:00 am. If we have at least 10 volunteers, not only should this should take no longer than an hour but, we can also incorporate some search tactics .

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Registered Volunteers

  • Chris Diltz
  • William Ingram
  • Tammy Ingram
  • David Lindberg
  • Anna Sturdivant
  • Sandy Mason
  • Paula Bramble
  • Linda Hardy

Backpack Class Rescheduled

The 2017 Continuing Education program kicks off with everyone’s favorite: the backpack contents forum. The class was scheduled for the 2nd week in March but has been moved to March 30th so as not to conflict with Spring Break. We will still meet at Station 5 at 6:30 PM. If you haven’t subscribed to the event calendar, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

General Class Radio License Course and Exam

General Class Radio License Course and Exam

The Plano Amateur Radio Club is in the planning stages of scheduling a General Class License radio class and exam for sometime in the February – March time frame.  We are trying to get a feel for how much interest there would be in this type of class.  We envision this class occurring over two consecutive weekends (Saturday and Sunday) in the month of either February or March.  The class would be free, but the exam would cost $14.00.  If you would be interested in participating in this type of class, please complete the form below and we will contact you when the details are firmed up.

Thanks for Your Interest!
– Mike Pruden, NN5ZZ

Amateur Radio Boot Camp

Allen CERT and Plano Amateur Radio Club would like to host a 2-day boot camp to help Allen CERT members prep for and pass their Technician’s license exam and become licensed amateur radio operators.

In order to offer this course, we must have an attendance large enough to justify the procurement of instructors and examiners.

The class will take place on December 3rd and 4th, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm both days.

The cost for this course is $14.00 and includes the exam fee. Payment is due on arrival. If you do not have a study guide, Plano Amateur Radio Klub (PARK) will have rentals available for $14.00. After the rental is returned at the end of class, the fee is applied to the cost of the course.

Sign up below if you would like to take advantage of this opportunity to study with the experts and take your Technician’s License exam for a minimal cost!

Note: There is no need to register if you already signed up via this form.

Continuing Education Classes Suspended Through 2016

2016 is drawing nearer to a close which means the holidays are upon us. In addition, we have the Big X and our annual Meet & Greet coming up soon. For those reasons, there are no monthly Continuing Education classes scheduled for the remainder of the calendar year.

The 2017 syllabus will be forthcoming but plan on the next class taking place in February.  If you would like to suggest topics for next year’s syllabus, leave a comment below.

Happy Holidays to everyone. Stay safe and warm (or cool)!

Welcome Class of 2016

Introducing the newest members of the Allen Community Emergency Response Team!

This year’s graduating class consists of 19 new CERT responders. They have all undergone over 24 hours in Basic Training and completed the disaster simulation in record time. As always, our new responders are comprised of diverse skills, knowledge, and experience that make Allen CERT a very capable organization.

Congratulations class of 2016! We look forward to building strong relationships with each and every one of you.

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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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Simulated Dispatch

At least once a year, we test our dispatch protocols to ensure we have accurate contact information for all responders and can efficiently reach out to you all. Typically, this involves a phone-tree-style approach, with neighborhood team captains reaching out to members using a call sheet. This year, the plan went through a bit of a shakeup.

Recap

On Saturday, September 24th, around 9:00 AM, designated team captains were notified via text message from Allen’s Computer Aided Dispatch system that CERT had been activated for a drill. Upon notification, all available team captains jumped in their vehicles and headed for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which happens to be the Ron Gentry Fire Training Center. Along the way, they checked in and received updates using our new CERT-designated N5UIG amateur radio repeater. Upon arrival, command staff roles were assigned and an initial briefing was given by Brian LeVasseur, the appointed Incident Commander for the event. The team captains continued with reaching out to all CERT responders to confirm reachability and availability. Once enough responders were available, teams were mobilized to elementary schools around the city to perform damage assessments and report back intelligence.

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At times, the exercise was challenging, demanding, confusing, and chaotic. However, the objectives were accomplished and we learned many lessons that will greatly enhance our operational capabilities.

Next Steps

A debriefing is scheduled for Wednesday, October 5th, 7:30 PM at La Madeleine. Everyone is welcome to attend and observe and/or provide feedback.

We hope to execute a dispatch simulation semi-annually so look for a communication early next year. Don’t forget to check your contact information.

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

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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

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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

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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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