CERT events and Emergency Alerts

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Register for cell phone text message emergency Alerts from the Albemarle/Charlottesville/UVA Emergency Communications Center at https://acuecc.onthealert.com/.

This is separate from the broadcast addressed Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) users of newer model cell phones on participating carriers may be able to receive although the messages may overlap. “Alerts will be utilized to inform residents of evacuations, shelter-in-place situations, major traffic disruptions, Amber Alerts, gas leaks, boil water advisories and weather warnings.”

Follow #CommEmerg on Twitter and like the corresponding facebook page.

FALL 2013 Basic CERT class will be Thursdays Sept 12 through Nov 7, 2013, 6:30-9:00PM in the ECC conference room. This time they have avoided a conflict with our monthly meeting but it does conflict with the Northern Piedmont Emergency Net (although I have sometimes managed a late check in after classes and there is a ham radio in the room next to the room where the classes are going to be held).

For those who already have completed CERT Basic training, the following classes are coming up:
Mon Aug 5th (day after berryville hamfest): 979-INFO line training, 6:30-8:00PM, ECC Conference Room.
Thu Aug 22ng, Explosives Awareness Training: 6:30-8PM, ECC Conference Room
Wed Sep 25th Deaf and Hearing Impaired Awareness Training: 6:30-8:00PM ECC conference room (location may change).

This information comes from the CERT July Newsletter.

Oct 17th: Southeast Shakeout earthquake drill. http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/
This event isn’t confined to the Southeast, or even the US.
Banners: http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/resources/banners.html
http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/downloads/ShakeOut_SouthEast_2013_radiogroups.pdf
Audio files: http://shakeout.org/southeast/drill/broadcast/
http://www.shakeout.org/downloads/broadcast/universal/ShakeOutDrillBroadcastEnglish.aif
Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nANnUNauD1c
California has a page for radio groups, unlike the southeast region/
http://shakeout.org/california/radiogroups/
http://www.shakeout.org/california/resources/videos.html

Also, here are dates for the Albemarle Search and Rescue:
Monday, July 22 6:00pm Search & Rescue Monthly Membership Meeting
Monday, August 26 6:00pm Search & Rescue Monthly Membership Meeting
These are held at the sheriffs office, 411 E. High Street Bldg B Charlottesville, Va 22902, across from court square and behind the Juvenile/Domestic court. Note that there will be training sessions on 3 separate mondays in August; attend one of the three.
http://www.albemarleso.org/calendar.html

A number of AARC members are also CERT members including Gene McClurken (KJ4RPR), Mark Whitis (AK4OL), and Jim Wilson (K4BAV).

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