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January 2019 Newsletter

Happy New Year CERT Family,

 

We hope you had an enjoyable holiday season.  We've got a lot going on with CERT this year, and we're looking forward to starting January strong.  Don't forget that on January 26th at 6 PM we will meet for our start of the year banquet at Spring Creek Bar BQ..  Spring Creek BarBQ in League City off of I-45 on the east side of the freeway.  We hope to have a great turnout.  Please RSVP here.  All members cover the cost of their own meals and drinks.

We have several goals for CERT during the 2019 year.  We're hoping we can count on you to help make these goals a reality for our county.

First, we're going to continue with five CERT Academies.  The first academy will be in February at the Office of Emergency Management.  The sign up for this academy can be found here.  We're also working on holding a Youth Preparedness Camp this summer. This will be a new endeavor you will hear more about in the future.

Next, we want to continue to deploy trailers in our most at-risk areas.  This allows our CERT members in those communities to easily get to supplies if they are cut off during an event.  This year we're hoping to place a stocked trailer in Bolivar, then Santa Fe  Currently, there is a trailer in Bayou Vista.  These trailers cost money not given to us by the grant that pays for the CERT program.  If you know of any company looking to donate they can do so here.    You can also donate by just doing your usual shopping on Amazon using our Amazon Smile account.  Just click on this link and start shopping.  Any purchase you make will automatically give GC CERT Association (a 501C3) a small donation.  All donated funds will go to purchase trailers, supplies and pay for training.

We're also looking at ways to help our neighbors learn more about CERT and preparedness. We've already successfully started doing this with our social media presence.  We currently have over 800 viewers daily going to our CERT Facebook page to get safety tips and learn more about our organization.  We'd like to increase our outreach to help us better prepare our community for an emergency.   If you know of any community organizations that would like to have a CERT member come and talk about CERT, or take part in the STOP THE BLEED program please ask them to contact John.  John.Herrmann@co.galveston.tx.us.  

Finally, we are always looking for ways to help our current members feel more prepared.  This year we'll offer classes on Cyber Security and we're looking to add HAM classes.  If you have something you would like to see offered please email John or reply to this email.

 January Events 

Monthly Meeting - Our CERT Monthly Meeting will be on January 9th starting at 6:30.  We'll have coffee and a few sweets for those who attend.  You'll hear about our upcoming events and needs.  

CERT Trailer Team Orientation Meeting - Our CERT Trailer team will meet on January 16th from 6:30 PM - 8 PM to discuss goals and plans for the future.  If you are interested in being part of this team you can sign up here.  

CERT Social Media Monitoring Team -  Our social media team was deployed in December to monitor social media sites looking for trends in flooding.  Our next meeting will be held on January 16th from 6:30 PM - 8 PM.  We will discuss hashtags and the use of Tweet Deck.  If you would like to sign up to be part of this team you can do so here.

CERT Rodeo Team Practice - Ira Bondsteel is heading up our rodeo team this year.  We're holding a practice on January 19th from 8 AM - 1 PM.  The CERT Rodeo will take place on February 9th.  If you would like to be part of this team please sign up here.

 CERT Drone Team Training - Our Drone team will meet on January 26th from 8 AM - 1 PM at Bayside Park.  If you would like to sign up for this team you can do so here.

 

Have a wonderful and safe New Year!  We hope to see you soon.

 

Doris & John

Galveston County CERT

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Posted by : Herrmann, Doris Updated on :12/31/2018