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2013 Annual meeting report – filed in 2014

posted Feb 25, 2014, 6:00 PM by Chris Perreault   [ updated Feb 25, 2014, 6:00 PM ]

A lot of our news items land on Facebook. Since the 2013 Duck Race Bristol CERT helped out at a car show, a half marathon, Family Fun Day, the Mum Festival, held a fundraiser at the 99 Restaurant, and was at the Pumpkin Festival. We briefly were at the Balloons over Bristol event, but the rain sent us home along with everyone else. What follows is the report we submitted as an annual updating that is required by Article II of the CT Citizen Corps Council bylaws and must reported by March 20, 2014:

Bristol CERT 2013 Meeting Report

Over the course of 2013 Bristol CERT held 10 regular monthly meetings and held five Officer meetings. The two missed monthly member meetings saw us in attendance at a fundraiser for CERT in September and at a holiday party in December.

Officer meetings were held in February, April, August, September, and November where SOPs, events, and other discussions took place.

At the member meetings we planned for and reviewed the following community events that the team participated in:  traffic management at the Medical Waste Disposal in April, first aid at Forestville Duck Race in May, traffic management at the Bristol Car Show in June, communications and traffic management at a half-marathon event in August to benefit the Fisher House, both an educational booth the Family Fun Day as well as traffic control at the Mum Festival in September, and the Pumpkin Festival in October where we did some fundraising, educated the public and had games for the kids to play.

We also planned for and reviewed training activities such as Skywarn, a tour of the Bristol PD, First Aid, CPR, train crossing hazards, sheltering, communications, a single 20 hour Basic CERT class we hosted, the Citizen Corps Conference, and the CERT Weekend that was held at the Fire Academy in Windsor Locks.

We reviewed the activations our members participated in such as shelter operations during a severe cold spell in January, another shelter operation during the February blizzard, and a Southington Search and Rescue operation that four Bristol CERT members who are also part of Southington CERT participated in.

In 2013 Bristol CERT saw 25 new members being sworn in. Our members volunteered over 1,000 hours of their time physically being at non-meeting events.

All of our meeting agendas and minutes are available on the website (www.BristolCERT.com) in the About Us section.

Chris Perreault

Captain Bristol CERT

Bristol CERT assists at the 2013 Pequabuck Duck Race

posted May 12, 2013, 6:49 PM by Chris Perreault

Bristol CERT once again staffed a booth at the Pequabuck Duck Race located in Forestville, CT. They answered emergency preparedness questions, talked about emergency communications and how amateur radio can play a role in that, and ran a first aid station that rendered assistance to 5 people.

Bristol CERT wraps up 7 week class with 18 graduates

posted Mar 26, 2013, 10:34 PM by Chris Perreault   [ updated Mar 26, 2013, 10:35 PM ]

18 people received certificates from the state saying they had completed the Basic CERT class, a 21 hour class offered by CERT groups across the country. Some took the class to learn how to be better prepared at home, to further their education, and to be in a better position to help their community. By the end of the course, which was held in 3 hour sessions, everyone who graduated decided they’d like to volunteer with Bristol’s Community Emergency Response Team. Congrats to them! The ceremony was held in Bristol’s Council Chambers on Friday March 22, 2013.

GOV. MALLOY: SEVERE COLD WEATHER IMPACTING THE STATE

posted Jan 22, 2013, 6:46 PM by Chris Perreault   [ updated Jan 22, 2013, 6:46 PM ]

GOV. MALLOY: SEVERE COLD WEATHER IMPACTING THE STATE

Urges Anyone Needing Shelter to Call 2-1-1

(HARTFORD, CT) – With bitter winter cold temperatures expected over the next several days, Governor Dannel P. Malloy today directed the Division of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (DEMHS), the Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS) to coordinate with 2-1-1 and Connecticut’s network of shelters to ensure that the state’s most vulnerable people are protected.

“Overnight temperatures are expected to range from 0 to 10 degrees over the next several days,” Governor Malloy said. “Factor in the wind chill, and it will feel like 0 to -15 degrees. We are taking steps now to make sure that we can take care of those in need of shelter.

“The 2-1-1 system provides an incredibly important service to the people of Connecticut and I encourage everyone to take advantage of the help that is available to them. I am also encouraging local communities to consider opening warming centers or other facilities to help people in need.”

Under the state’s Severe Cold Weather Protocol, DEMHS activates its WebEOC communications network – an internet-based system that allows local, regional and state emergency management officials and first responders to share up-to-date information about a variety of situations and conditions. The system is used to monitor capacity at shelters across the state, enabling 2-1-1 to act as a clearinghouse to ensure shelter space is found for those who need it. Local officials, working through WebEOC, can alert 2-1-1 and the state when they open temporary shelters or warming centers.

DSS coordinates with 2-1-1 and the Connecticut Coalition to End Homelessness, as well as working with existing vendors to resolve transportation issues for people needing shelter during the period of severe cold.

DMHAS, meanwhile, has teams who specialize in working with homeless people to locate those who are at risk, spread the word about the 2-1-1 system, and encourage everyone to take advantage of the safety of shelters. The agency is also working with shelters to assess and meet the needs of individual clients during this cold snap.
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For Immediate Release: January 22, 2013
Connecticut Department of Emergency Services & Public Protection

Bristol CERT offers free training to the public

posted Jan 15, 2013, 11:35 PM by Chris Perreault

http://bristolobserver.com/2013/01/12/bristol-cert-offering-emergency-preparedness-classes/

Published Jan 12, 2012 in the Bristol Observer:

The Observer received the following press release of interest to the general public.
Bristol’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a volunteer non-profit organization that assists our city’s first responders as well as assists at various events such as the Mum Festival and Pop Up Piazza Festival, educates the public at events such as the Bristol Home Show, Pumpkin Festival, Safety Fairs, and other locations. We are offering a free emergency preparedness class starting Feb 7th in the evening. It will run 7 weeks from 6:30pm-9:30pm and cover a range of topics. It is open to those looking to join CERT, CTSART (CT State Animal Response Team), for which this 20 hour class is required, and it also is open to the general public for those who would like to be better prepared to take care of their family, friends, and neighbors in the event of a crisis. The class size is limited to 25 people so please contact as ASAP if interested. Those who complete the class get a certificate as well as a book bag sized go-pack containing some emergency supplies. Those interested can send an email to bristolcert@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/bristolcert and www.bristolcert.com

for more information about CERT. Topics covered in the class:

Unit 1 – Disaster Preparedness
Unit 2 – Fire Safety and Utility Controls
Unit 3 – Disaster Medical Operations – part 1
Unit 4 – Disaster Medical Operations – part 2
Unit 5 – Light Search and Rescue Operations
Unit 6 – CERT Organization
Unit 7 – Disaster Psychology
Unit 8 – Terrorism and CERT

100 Facebook Likes

posted Jan 6, 2013, 9:27 PM by Chris Perreault

www.facebook.com/bristol CERT hit 100 likes today. Facebook allows us to share our disaster preparedness message with even more people while also raising awareness of what CERT is about. It also lets us inform people of various volunteer opportunities everyone has within their communities.

Cooling Center to be opened from 10am until 6pm on July 18th 2012.

posted Jul 18, 2012, 9:54 AM by Chris Perreault

Once again the city has requested that the Bristol CERT group deploy to the main library at 5 High Street in Bristol. Drink plenty of fluids and be careful out there in heat. If you know of folks who don’t have cooling suggest they head to the Cooling Center or any place with air conditioning during the worst part of the day.

Cooling Center to be opened from noon until 6pm on July 17th 2012.

posted Jul 17, 2012, 9:53 AM by Chris Perreault

The city of Bristol has requested CERT’s presence at the main library on 5 High Street from noon until 6pm today. The city will be announcing this as a designated Cooling Center during this time period.

Cooling Shelters

posted Jun 20, 2012, 6:22 PM by Chris Perreault   [ updated Jun 22, 2012, 10:05 PM ]

The mayor of Bristol opened a cooling shelter at the Main Library ( 860-584-7787) on 5 High Street in Bristol on Wednesday June 20th and Thursday June 21st. CERT had a presence there from noon until 5pm both days. Meanwhile, 24 people were treated for heat exhaustion over in New Britain during the high school graduation ceremony. Please be aware of how you feel when the temperatures get high as they have today, in the upper 90’s. Head someplace cool and drink plenty of fluids. Check on neighbors who may be at higher risk when it gets hot out.

Bristol Press submission regarding The Safety Fair held on 6-9-2012

posted Jun 20, 2012, 6:16 PM by Chris Perreault

Dear Editor:

On behalf of the Bristol CERT, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the organizations that participated with us in the 2nd Annual CERT Safety Fair on June 9.  We thank the Bristol Fire Department, Bristol Hospital EMS, the DOT Railroad Safety Van, The Bristol Senior Center, The Bristol Kiwanis Club, the Commission on People with Disabilities, Councilman Eric Carlson, Dr. Ptaszynski and “Refuse to Be a Victim Program”, The Southington CERT Search & Rescue Team and Chet Bacon and the Radio Club.  We would especially like to thank the Bristol American Legion for letting us use their facility for this event and all of the Sponsors who donated door prizes to make this event possible.

Thank you to all of the members of the Bristol and Southington CERT teams and the Boy Scouts who attended and assisted with the children’s games, we are deeply appreciative.

And a big thank you to the public who came and enjoyed the festivities for your support of the Bristol CERT team.