On 9/20, FEMA in coordination with the FCC will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA). Find out more about these alerts and how they are used in a major event: https://www.ready.gov/alerts
September is National Preparedness Month. There are a number of things you can do to increase your ability to respond to and deal with disasters:
- Start at www.ready.gov for information on how to make a plan and build a kit.
- Participate in America’s PrepareAthon.
- Receive CERT training. Keep an eye out for CERT training opportunities in Arapahoe and Douglas counties.
Other resources and volunteer opportunities:
- Rocky Mountain Medical Reserve Corps
- Participate as an Exercise Participant Volunteer.
All members who complete the General Emergency Services requirement (101 card) and CERT are eligible to wear the ES patch on their BDU uniform.
Training and participation with these organizations is not being provided by CAP, but we do recommend it. You sign up for it individually and do not need unit command approval. There may be an age requirement for active participation with some of these activities or organizations.
Download FEMA’s “Are You Ready?” Guide from the Ready.gov website.
FEMA’s most comprehensive source on individual, family and community preparedness.
Are You Ready? provides a step-by-step approach to disaster preparedness by walking the reader through how to get informed about local emergency plans, how to identify hazards that affect their local area and how to develop and maintain an emergency communications plan and disaster supplies kit. Other topics covered include evacuation, emergency public shelters, animals in disaster and information specific to people with access and functional needs.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
CERT is about readiness, people helping people, rescuer safety and doing the greatest good for the greatest number. CERT is a positive and realistic approach to emergency and disaster situations where citizens will initially be on their own and their actions can make a difference. There are no prerequisites for this class. While the class and training is not a CAP activity, this is a CAP Emergency Services certification.
Please see the post below for information on the class that will be starting in March. I would like to encourage you, your family, and friends to attend a CERT Academy.
Enrollment for the March 2012 Arapahoe County CERT Class is now open! If you have already taken a CERT class, help us out by recommending the class to your like-minded friends and family. If you haven’t yet taken a CERT course, please consider joining us for this Academy.
Participants aged 16 and up are invited to join us for a 32-hour course filled with a variety of emergency preparedness and response-driven skills and learning opportunities, including fire suppression, basic first aid, and how to pack an emergency kit. Courses are offered free to residents of the Denver Metro Area!
Please register by visiting www.readycolorado.com and clicking on the “take a class” link. You will then be directed to search by class date or zip code. Type in our zip code (80112) to view the upcoming CERT course, or you may type in your own zip code to see all class opportunities in your area.
Spaces are limited and all applicants are subject to a screening process, so register early to ensure your space in this course. Please note that participants under the age of 18 will require a parent or guardian waiver to participate, and all participants will be asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement and a liability waiver prior to participation.
The flyer for the course is attached. Please feel free to share this with your friends, families, and neighborhoods, and we hope to see you there!
Cassandra A. Stelter
Emergency Management Technician
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office
Don’t forget about the National Emergency Alert System Test scheduled for today at noon (MST). See the FEMA FAQ for more information.
GTM3 Familiarization & Preparatory training is this Saturday (Oct 29) from 0800 – 1200. The uniform for cadets is PT gear. Seniors may wear any CAP uniform. You must have completed your GES to be signed off on GTM3 tasks this Saturday. See the Emergency Services area in the members section of the website for instructions on how to complete GES.
The Federal Communications Commission will conduct a nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time) on November 9, 2011. For more information see: http://t.co/gwLkOWH7
Basic and Advanced Communications User Training is scheduled for November 19.