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Our first semi-annual simulated CERT dispatch of 2017 is scheduled for Saturday, May 20th at 09:00.
On Friday, May 20, regional and statewide nets were activated in response to a severe thunderstorm passing through Tarrant County. As the super cell moved into Collin County, 3-inch hail and winds in excess of 90 mph were reported by spotters. Additional reports of lightly damaged structures have flooded dispatch centers. Many neighborhoods are without power and professional responders are unable to perform wellness checks in those areas. Local communication and internet services have been interrupted or overloaded and are unreliable.
CERT will establish Incident Command at the Allen EOC where net control will stand up the Allen CERT repeater and relay messages between CERT teams that will be dispatched to undetermined locations around Allen and report mission status.
NEW THIS YEAR: Due to capacity constraints with the APD CAD, we will be using Group Me as the primary dispatch vehicle. All CERT responders will receive a text message notification via Group Me. You can download the free iOS/Android/Windows app ahead of time to receive messages therein. If you do not download the app, communications will appears as SMS messages. Once you have downloaded the app, click on the following URL to join the group: https://app.groupme.com/join_group/30642765/5qlMUF
Upon receipt, you should respond with the following:
- Confirmation of receipt
- Health report (are you safe?)
- Mobilization capability/status
We do expect to mobilize resources so make sure your vest, hat, and backpack are accessible.
The Allen CERT amateur radio repeater (N5UIG) will be utilized for this exercise so feel free to tune in the day of. Contact Mike Pruden for assistance programming your radio(s).
Verify your contact information! Check your email for an announcement on 04/23 for instructions. Out of respect for privacy, the link to member contact info will not be posted on this site.
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