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October 2019 Newsletter

CERT Family,

 We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our CERT Family members, Cole Gordon. Cole and his family are truly a blessing to us all. You can read his obituary here.  Cole was an amazing young man who was known for his service to the community.  He will be greatly missed.

It has been our custom, that when a CERT member passes, we send flowers to the service.  As per his families request, we are making a donation to the Lighthouse Charity Team in Cole's honor.  Please pray for Cole's family.

September Events:

Operation Safe and Sound: Another outstanding turnout.  Thanks to everyone who helped out, and to Ira Bondsteel for being our team lead for this event.

Bolivar Academy - We hosted a CERT Academy on Bolivar in September.  Our graduation ceremony and disaster drill were hosted at Fort Travis.  

Imelda - Thank you to everyone who helped during this storm. Our Trailering Team was able to bring supplies to shelters on Bolivar, and our CSAT Team searched media to keep track of what was being said about this event. Thank you to everyone who posted about high water.  Your tireless work truly helps to keep the citizens of our county safe.

October Events: 

10/2 CERT Monthly Meeting at the OEM - This meeting we will discuss upcoming events and elect officers.  Come to hear what we are up to.  Coffee, sweets and salty treats will be served.

10/5 UTMB Active Shooter Drill - UTMB will be holding an Active Shooter Exercise on Saturday, October 5, 2019. The victims and by-standers are to arrive at 8 am. The drill is to begin at 8:45 am, and should last until 10:30 - 11 am. Information on parking, and where to go to check-in will be sent to those who register for the exercise via email. Sign Up Here

10/11 CERT Academy at the OEM - Please share this information with anyone who you might think would like to take part in this academy.  This academy is getting filled quickly.

The Galveston County CERT Academy 2019-5 will be held at the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management, at 1353 FM 646 W, Dickinson, 77573. This will be a weekend academy with the graduation on Saturday, and will be held on:

October 11, ( Fri.) 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
October 12, ( Sat.) 8:30 am - 5 pm
October 13, ( Sun.) 1:00 pm - 6 pm
October 18, ( Fri.) 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
October 19, ( Sat.) 8:30 am - 5 pm

Sign up here

10/19 and 10/20  Wings Over Houston Airshow - CERT Team Members are needed to assist at a vehicle checkpoint and at a limited access gate at the 2019 CAF Wings Over Houston. Day/Date: Saturday, October 19 & Sunday, October 20, 2019. Time: 6:00 am - 4:00 pm* Location: Ellington Airport, near Clear Lake Requirements: *Volunteers must be CERT trained and have a CERT ID badge. *Volunteers must be at least 18 yrs. of age.  Ira Bondsteel is our lead for this event.  Sign up here

10/26 Touch a Truck - Texas City will host a Touch the Truck event starting at 10 am at 409 6th Street North, Texas City, Texas 77590. This event will last until around 4 pm. CERT members will need to arrive early to set up and prep for the assignment. The assignment is TBD.  We will put a link on the website when we are sure what the needs of Texas City will be.

10/31 NASA Safety and Health Day Event - Thursday, October 31, 2019 TIME: 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. SET-UP TIME: 9:00 a.m. (doors will not be open prior to set-up time) LOCATION: NASA/JSC Gilruth Center THEME: “Staying Safe & Healthy today, means no zombies tomorrow”  Sign up is here.

11/06 November Monthly Meeting


Officer Election:  October is the month when we vote for our officers.  These officers serve as coaches who work with members to help get tasks completed.  The deadline to sign up to run as an officer has passed, so our newly elected officers are:

Captain: Karen Booren

Operations/Membership: Julie Cappelli

Logistics: Joe Everett

Radio Comms: Ira Bondsteel


We are looking forward to seeing you at our meeting on Wednesday,


Doris & John



Posted by : Herrmann, Doris Updated on :09/29/2019