1. Saturday February 16, 2008 is the planned date for another tabletop disaster simulation to be held in conjunction with the Gerrish Township Police Department, Gerrish Township Fire & EMS Department, Roscommon County Dispatch Center, Roscommon County Haz Mat Team and Gerrish Township CERT Team. This Saturday event is planned to begin at 9:00am and conclude about 12:00 p.m. and will be held at the Gerrish Township Hall. Donuts and coffee will be available to help everyone get going prior to the kickoff meeting at 9:00am. Please advise Elaine or me, as soon as possible whether or not you will be able to attend for planning purposes. Call 821-6481 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The only items required are pen, paper, vest, radio, and yourself. We look forward to hearing from you soon and seeing you February 16th.
2. Friday May 2, 3, & 4, 2008: A Citizen Corps Conference for volunteer CERT Team Members is being held in Grayling, Michigan, at the Ramada Inn.
The following note from the Michigan State Police Emergency Management Division gives some details:
“Citizen Corps Region 6 and the Michigan State Police-Emergency Management Headquarters Staff Division will be co-hosting the 2008 Citizen Corps Conference: “A Conference Designed for the Front Line Volunteer. The conference is being held at the Ramada Inn in Grayling, Mi and is being held on May 2, 3, and 4. There is no cost (except for a $25 committal fee from each registrant) for 70 volunteers (10 from each region). Their room, meals, and training materials will be covered using unused 2006 Citizen Corps Grant Dollars and a $5000 regional grant allocation from Region 6. ”
“Each region can select another 10 volunteers to attend, but there will be a cost of $200 each to attend (again this includes their lodging, meals, and course materials). It is up to the regions to decide whom they send, but only FRONT LINE VOLUNTEERS will be accepted. This conference is not designed for the Fire Fighter, police officer, emergency manager, etc. who oversees a Citizen Corps program (that is what the Homeland Security Conference is for).”
The Northern Michigan Citizen Corps District 7 (of which Gerrish CERT plays a key role) has been allocated 10 positions, and Gerrish CERT Team has requested 2 of these positions with all costs included. We are applying for grant monies to cover the fee of $25.00 for each position. Hopefully this will be approved. If anyone is interested in attending (the Granzines will be unavailable), please see Elaine or me and we will provide additional details. If more than two people volunteer, there will be a drawing for the free positions. Of course, up to 10 others can go if they are each willing to pay $200.00. Please contact us ASAP if you would like to participate so we get the applications submitted soon.
3. Gerrish CERT began training 12 new team members on January 9, 2008. The trainees include a cross section of individuals from the community including five 17 year old students( we need the stamina of these young adults). The training will conclude on February 27, 2008, and will include a realistic simulation on February 20th at the Gerrish Higgins Middle School, our top secret location. We are looking for current team member volunteers to help Wednesday February 20th from about 5:00pm to 9:00pm. We need some current team members to play the role of victims and some current team members to participate with the trainees in order to add to their teams (the trainees will lead the teams). Please advise Elaine or me ASAP if you can help. Remember, others volunteered when you had your simulation training to make it more realistic.