The following are the minutes for the monthly meeting of North Okaloosa Cert.
Absent was Phil and Mark so the second part of map course training was delayed until next month.
The fall basic course was cancelled since we only had four people show up to the Friday night class out of 14 that signed up.
Rob & Terry showed up a little late since they were at the Crestview City Council Special meeting creating recognition for our group and it's contribution to the hurricane Michael response efforts.
Dale has been involved in a group called Crowdsourcerescue.com They are organizing relief efforts for Hurricane Michael.
Mary Bell volunteered to be our CERT representative in the EOC the next time we have an emergency so we have eyes and ears in there and are not left in the dark and uninformed and misinformed and under-utilized.
We have been asked to help supply volunteers for shepherding at the railroad crossing for the veterans day parade on November 12th. Meet up time is 9am but the parade starts at 10. We are also driving Rob's truck and trailer in the parade to help fly the CERT flag to promote community awareness.
Dale and Chris will be helping NOARC. Mary Bell, Terry, Carol, and Rob will be in the parade.
Mary Bell wrote a short article for the Crestview News Bulletin.
We also discussed how to get funded for future projects. Rob will provided letter to give to store owners the give all our groups necessary information.
End of meeting.
13 people signed up for basic course in Oct.
Rob handed out practice test for amateur radio Tech level.
Discussed an EMR class with Baker FD, more info to come.
Rob, Phil will create flyers for handing out for recruitment.
Discussed going to local business for donations.
Fundraising is needed badly.
General meeting 27AUG18
-Next CERT class is scheduled for the 19th- 21st and 26th- 28th
We discussed when it would be best to schedule the future classes. Decided to shoot for February and May.
-We had fun playing Jeopardy our training topic was CERT Size Up. Phil also conducted an outside size up exercise that ended in a tornado wiping out the fire station.
-Our next advanced course will be on traffic and crowd control.
-We have made $35 on the FB fundraiser, need $100 to cash out.
-A few have shown interest in the moulage training. Purchasing more latex to go with the kit was discussed and agreed upon.
Congrats to Phil our new Team Chief!
6 people have expressed interest in a technician course for HAM radio. we will move forward with arranging for NOARC to teach a class for CERT.
Our next basic course will start Oct 19th. Discussed having the entire course @ NWFSC. NWFSC Collegiate High School has pledged some victim volunteers for the course. We need participants and volunteers!!!
Discussed a Tri-county CERT exercise. Sponsored by NOCERT.
NOCERT volunteers are urged to track any volunteer hours for CERT as this will help us in the upcoming year in the grant process.
The next couple of training sessions we will have will be map reading and land navigation.
Don't forget to register for classes during the Volunteer Firefighter Weekend
Saturday Aug 4th is our Advanced communications training @ NWFSC, Bldg 510, rm 175B. Class starts at 0800. There will be a lecture portion, followed by a radio scavenger hunt with prizes for the wining team. and concludes with a tour of the County EOC by Okaloosa County Emergency Manager Ken Wolfe.
A new team logo was voted on and approved. Rob will design letterheads, business cards, and a set of pdf, jpg, bmp, files for the new logo so it can start being used on official correspondence.
North Okaloosa CERT
25JUN2018 General Meeting
Called to order at 7pm
We currently have $24 in petty cash and $78.13 in the bank.
We really need to find a way to improve this balance, so we have money for supplies and ongoing training opportunities.
If any of our members have any fundraising ideas or know of any opportunities to raise more funds, we would love to hear from you at our next meeting. You may also submit any of your ideas via email or Fb messenger.
HAM Radio Class
So far we have 5 members that have expressed interest in obtaining their HAM radio license. We are hoping that if we can get a large enough group together, that NOARC will do a class just for the CERT team. Please contact Rob if this is something that would interest you. firstname.lastname@example.org
Northwest Florida Vol Firefighter Weekend
Firefighter weekend is around the corner! Great opportunity to learn more! Classes are filling up fast!
Volunteer FL Grant
We missed the window for the Volunteer Florida grant this year. But now we have an idea of what we need to do, to make this possible next year. Ongoing training throughout the year is a must for us to be eligible for grant money.
We briefly discussed the possibility of having Saturday morning classes, and the importance of our team members completing the training modules by FEMA on their website.
We would like to thank Tammy McKenzie for her wonderful instruction on Rehab operations and Vitals assessment at this evening’s meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 8:45pm
Meeting minutes recorded by Jennifer Austin, Secretary
Meeting minutes reviewed by Rob Bird, Training Coordinator