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July CERT Newletter

CERT Family,

Welcome to July.  We will not hold a monthly CERT meeting in July. 

All CERT Drill - Thank you to everyone who took part in our CERT drill in Bacliff on Saturday, June 23.  This was a tremendous success.  This drill allowed us to test our Blackboard Connect system, practice Incident Command, our search skills and work with our partners in the Constable's office.  

Our Blackboard Connect system now allows you to let us know if you are going to respond to an emergency.  This gives us a great opportunity to know who to plan for in an emergency.  In the future, when you receive those texts/emails please take just a second to respond and let us know if you will be able to make it.  

GCCERT Drones - Our 501C3 has recently purchased two drones.  These drones will be used to help us evaluate drills and for search and rescue.  We will also allow members of our drone team to coordinate with other agencies.  We are working on the specific qualifications for this team.  You will hear more information about these drones soon.  In the meantime, please come to our August CERT meeting if you would like to check out our drones.  Our August meeting with be on Wedensday, August 1 at 6:30 PM.  

 

Upcoming Needs:

Please look below as we have two events coming that will give you an opportunity to serve your community.  We also have a CERT academy starting in September and we're adding two new teams to our CERT Program that you might be interested in.

July 4th Parade - If you are interested in taking part in a fun evening celebrating July 4th you can check out the details and sign up at this link.  If you sing up you will receive an email as we get closer to the event.

Operation Safe and Sound - This event takes place on July 4th at San Luis Pass.  Our team will patrol the beach on foot or in our Side by Side helping assist our visitors as they enjoy their day.  We have two shifts for this event, but we need the most help in the evening.  If you are interested in more details or if you would like to sign up you can do so here.  As the event gets closer, you will get an email regarding the event.

CERT Academy - We will be hosting a CERT Academy at the College of the Mainland.  While this is hosted by COM, it is open to anyone wanting to take the class.  This academy will take place over 3 Fridays starting September 28th.  For the exact dates and times, please look a the sign-up sheet here.

CERT Trailer Team - We are looking for people who are able to transport our CERT Trailers in the event of an emergency or an event.  You would need to have a truck and be comfortable pulling a 16 - 20-foot trailer.  If you are interested in being part of this team, please sign up here.  You will get an email with details about this team.

CERT Social Media Team - Social Media is becoming more and more prevalent in our society.   GCCERT is starting a social media team who will help follow social media feeds of large-scale events.  If you are interested in becoming a part of this team, you can sign up here.  You will get an email with more details after you sign up.

 

Our next CERT meeting will be on Wednesday, August 1 at 6:30 PM.  We will highlight our new teams and provide you with a quick DRONE demonstration.  

 

Thank you so much for your dedication to your neighbors.

 

Doris & John

Galveston County CERT

Posted by : Herrmann, Doris Updated on :06/25/2018