Out of an abundance of caution and in keeping with guidelines issued by the State of Washington regarding COVID-19, the North County CERT Leadership is suspending all in-person CERT activities until further notice. As the situation changes, we will re-evaluate and determine how best to proceed.Exception: Our Monday night Radio NET will continue on as usual without interruption.
We are investigating “streaming” meetings via one of the many online tools. If you are interested in joining, please let Bob or our new outreach coordinator – Chris Jones (CJSMBL78@gmail.com) know. We will also work to get a call-in number for those who prefer that method.
Please reach out to your family and neighbors and make sure they are taking necessary precautions and preparing for a potential quarantine if they become ill. Steer anyone with questions on the coronavirus to the Washington State Health Care Authority at https://www.hca.wa.gov/ or the https://www.snohd.org/ websites.
In the meantime, keep your sense of humor, as we will need it. Wash your hands, cover your cough/sneeze, stay home if you are sick, limit your errands and practice social distancing. And get outside for some fresh air by going for a daily walk—it will do your heart and mind some good.
What can we do to help?
- Check on our neighbors.
- We can also give blood with American Red Cross https://www.redcrossblood.org/ or Bloodwosnw.org in our area.
- Volunteer in roles you feel safe.
When we are staying home, consider taking some on-line FEMA courses. We recommend that CERT members take the following courses at a minimum, but more are available: IS 100; IS 200; IS 700; IS 800 – check it out here. Once you’ve taken one of these courses, email a copy of your completion certificate (and hours you spent on the course) to me at firstname.lastname@example.org to record in our volunteer database.
Amateur Radio – Study for your amateur radio license online and join us on Sunday evenings. Info here: ARRL ; FCC.
Re-evaluate your preparedness supplies:I know myself, I do not have enough paper goods stored for a long event. I am making a list of things that need attention when things get back to normal to add or increase in amounts in my preparedness supplies. You might also look at the food you have stored, does it need to be replenished, maybe use the stored food up first before the supplies in your cupboard. Replenish your stored supplies when things get back to normal.
We thank you for your patience and support as we navigate through this challenging situation together.
Stay healthy. Stay calm, we CAN and WILL get through this!
Bob Knapp and your Leadership Team