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Community Emergency Response Team Animal Modules I & II Training (July 29th)

Animal Modules I (9:00 am -12:00 Noon)

The CERT supplemental module on Animal Response I is the first of two modules that make up the CERT Animal Response training. CERT supplemental training builds on the CERT Basic Training course and is intended for CERT members who have completed the basic training. Animal Response I will teach CERT members emergency preparedness for animal owners and how to recognize specific animal behaviors.

Animal Modules II (1:00 PM – 16:00 PM)

The CERT supplemental module on Animal Response II is the second of two modules that make up the CERT Animal Response training. CERT supplemental training builds on the CERT Basic Training course and is intended for CERT members who have completed the basic training. Animal Response II will prepare CERT members for situations involving animals that they may encounter in performing their broader CERT response functions.


Bonnie Charles, Novi CERT
Jen Potrafka, City of Novi CERT Trainer,

Training Materials

Lincoln Park CERT requests that every attendee bring printed copies of the CERT Animal Response Module I Participant Manual and the CERT Animal Response Module II Participant Manual to the event, or have electronic copies available.

This training is open to anyone who is a member of a CERT Team.




Why Disaster Preparedness is Important

Video Scenario

CERT members activate in their neighborhood and set up an Incident Command Post after a fierce storm has struck their community.   They assess damage throughout the area, and assist injured victims at the local community center using the skills they learned in a Disaster Preparedness Training until professional responders are able to arrive.

Are You Prepared For Winter Mayhem?

By William Tonkin  |   Submitted On November 22, 2015

Severe storms are making it more and more relevant for survival kits and emergency preparedness plans. Texas and several other states have seen more than their share of disasters this month. These storms rushed across five states and left two others on the lookout.

November, 2015 tornadoes hit Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana and brought blizzards to Colorado and Kansas. Anyone in those states that didn’t have an emergency kit or at least a preparedness plan, were caught unprepared. The tornadoes that hit the Texas area brought 99 mph winds and heavy rain. Storms this severe aren’t normally seen until the spring months. This massive storm pulled moisture up from the Gulf of Mexico and poured a downfall of heavy rain on the areas below. This amount of water caused flash flooding, downed trees and power lines, and washed out roads, leaving 44,000 people without power. In this situation a survival kit with a flashlight and some extra batteries could mean the difference between life and death. To make things even worse, of the 42 tornadoes reported at least two were a mile in width and swept across vast areas of land causing a lot of damage. Fifteen to twenty trailer homes were damaged and three trailers were flipped in an RV park. These tornadoes also destroyed a bank and left one high school with severe damage. In the midst of all the damage rescuers had their work cut out for them as well, as they responded to over 90 water rescues. Having food, potable water and a plan would have prevented many from dehydration, and provided a better chance at surviving until rescuers could arrive. After the tornadoes blew through and everything settled down six people were found dead and at least two were missing. Advanced preparation of an emergency plan and obtaining a survival kit with the proper items, can be instrumental in preventing fatalities.

The same storm that hit Texas also brought a humongous blizzard to Colorado and Kansas. Forty-five mile per hour winds and nine foot snow drifts swept across the states and brought horrible driving conditions with it. Semis and cars were lined up along the interstate and several landed in ditches. Having a roadside emergency kit or an automobile emergency kit would be a great thing to have to keep people safe and warm along the road. I-70 was closed from Colorado into parts of NW Kansas and flying was nearly impossible as over 200 flights were cancelled. These two states saw at least five feet of snow in under a week. Although these disasters are out of our control, it is in our control to keep ourselves and our families safe; to do that we must be prepared.

Having an emergency preparedness plan and a survival kit are great ways to stay prepared and keep yourself and others safe this winter. Don’t get caught without a plan. Be prepared.

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CDC Emergency Preparedness and You | Make a Plan

Protect yourself and your loved ones by making an emergency plan. You should make a plan for:

  • How you will contact one another, and
  • What special steps you will take in different types of emergency situations.

Make a Family Communication Plan

	Hand pressing screen on a smart phonePhone lines in the emergency area may be busy. It may be easier to make phone calls into a different town than to connect by phone with someone in the same town.

Text messages may still go through, even when phone lines are very busy.

You and your loved ones may not be together when a disaster hits. Make a plan for how you will connect to each other. Start by taking the following steps:

  • Complete a contact card for each family member. Everyone should keep these cards with them at all times.
  • Choose an emergency contact. Memorize the phone number if you can. A friend or relative who lives out of town might be easier to reach in an emergency. During an emergency, family members can text or call this person to let them know that they are safe.
  • Make sure all your family members know how to text. Make sure everyone knows how to turn on a cell phone, find the text messaging app, type a message, and send it to a contact.
  • Know emergency telephone numbers. Keep them in your cell phone and post them near your home phones. Some good numbers to have are your emergency contact, the fire department, police station, and hospital near you

Make a Family Disaster Plan

Before making your disaster plan, its important to know what types of emergencies are likely in your area and the best way to respond. For example, if tornadoes are common in your area, you will need to know what the warning signs are and where to take shelter. Check with your Local Red Cross chapter or Emergency Management Agency for more information.

  • Find the safe spots in your home for each type of disaster. For example, during an earthquake you will need to “drop, cover, and hold on” under a sturdy desk or table. However, during a tornado, you would need to seek shelter in a lower level room without windows. Learn more about different types of disasters.
  • Choose multiple meeting places. Different disasters may require you to go to different places. Make sure you choose a meeting place in your neighborhood, a meeting place just outside your neighborhood, and a meeting place out of town.
  • Determine the best escape routes from your home. Find two ways to get out of each room.
  • PRACTICE.Review these plans with all members of your family. Practice your disaster plans by running drills with the whole family.
  • Don’t Forget Pets! Think about what you would do with your pets, because they may not be allowed in emergency shelters. For more information, check out Preparing Your Pet for Emergencies.

Get your kids ready

  • Teach children how and when to call 911 for help.
  • Quiz your kids on the plan to make sure they remember what to do.
  • Include your kids in planning and drills.

Ready Wrigley can help your kids be ready for many kinds of emergencies!

Take these additional steps to be prepared

	Large plastic bin filled with emergency supplies, like bottled water, food that won’t spoil, a first aid kit, and a flashlight.

Check and replace your supplies throughout the year, as needed.

  • Make an emergency kit, and be sure to check and replace your supplies throughout the year, as needed.
  • Stay informed; find the best ways to get disaster information from local authorities.
  • Make sure that you have enough insurance coverage for your property. Specifically, think about the types of disasters that are common in your area.
  • Learn how and when to turn off the water, gas, and electricity at the main shut-off locations.
  • Show each family member how to use the fire extinguisher, and show them where it’s kept.

Do1Thing in July: Family Communication Plan

Have the ability to communicate with family members during a disaster.

Today we have more ways to speak with one another than ever before. We are used to staying in touch with cell phones, internet, and email, but disasters can change things. These devices may not be available. Cell phone towers quickly become overloaded with people trying to reach friends and family. If the power is out at your home, cordless phones, internet, and email will not work either.


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Michigan Severe Weather Awareness Week…Watch vs. Warning


Video of the Week- Hurricane Katrina interview and audio


“When all else fails, this is the system that doesn’t.” That’s what the WRAL-TV reporter says in this interview with ham operator KN4AQ as Hurricane Katrina crosses New Orleans. THEN, a recording of actual Amateur Radio communications bringing an emergency message into New Orleans.

Video of the Week: Immediate Basic Preparedness

Get Your Business Ready For Any Kind of Disaster at Free National Preparedness Month Webinar Series

Is your organization prepared to communicate quickly and effectively with each other when a crisis hits?   Did you know that nearly 70 percent of all U.S. businesses will lose power at one point in the next 12 months? Do you have a plan in place to keep your operations running? How will you rebuild your business if your employees are unable to report to work after a major disaster?

Having a business continuity plan is essential to establishing a successful and resilient small business. The cost of creating a disaster preparedness plan is small compared to the financial losses that may occur if there’s no plan in place.

You can get help with your own preparedness planning through a series of free webinars in September hosted by the U.S. Small Business Administration and Agility Recovery. The series is presented in collaboration with FEMA’s Ready Campaign, during National Preparedness Month (NPM). The 2015 NPM theme is “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make your emergency plan Today.”

The 30-minute webinars will be presented at 2 p.m. EDT each Wednesday in September.

These are the topics:

  • September 9: “The Keystone to Disaster Recovery: Communications”
  • September 16: “Recover from the Most Likely Disaster: Power Outage”
  • September 23: “Protect Your Most Valuable Asset: Prepare Your Employees”
  • September 30: “If You Do Nothing Else this Year…” Simple tips to build your organization’s resilience.

To register for any of the webinars, go to this link:

SBA has partnered with Agility Recovery to offer business continuity strategies through their “PrepareMyBusiness” website. Visit to access past webinars and additional disaster preparedness tools.

Why You Need to Begin You Disaster Planning

This article is from
June 10, 2015

When do you start thinking about disaster planning?

Plan-Ahead-Photoshop-300x200Although we don’t need to dwell on thoughts of disaster every moment of every day (what kind of life would that be, anyway?), we should still keep them in mind throughout the year. I know, I know, but you don’t even want to be thinking about major snowstorms in the middle of the summer, tornadoes in January, job loss working at your sweet job, or earthquakes in…wherever and whenever! And why not? Probably because it’s not snow storm season in the summer (unless you’re in Canada…) and tornado season starts in the spring, not January, so you’re just not thinking about it. But here, come in a little closer to your monitor and I’ll let you in on a little secret: that’s what they want you to think. The longer you put it off, the easier it is for those disasters to come at you without warning.

Diabolical, if you ask me.

But, believe it or not, there is a way to counter these evil schemes. It’s called planning. It’s what you do before road trips, mapping out your college career, and yes, even before a crisis or disaster happens. There’s no sense in waiting until you see the twister on approach or you get that pink slip from your boss, because by then, it’s too late.


There are a number of different areas in which you should keep in mind for disaster planning. Food, water, and shelter have been discussed ad nauseam on this blog, however those are still some of the most crucial areas in preparation. I think we all understand the need to prepare for disasters. If an earthquake or tornado or flood comes strolling through town, it can not only ruin your home, but local grocery stores, farms, and other places that provide you with food. You might not have running water, so you’d need some sort of backup. And if your house gets washed away or crumbles to the ground (or is just far too unstable to trust during the night), you’re going to want some sort of shelter for you and your family.

Losing a job can be just as devastating. Although your home is still intact and your faucets work, you no longer have an income and still have four mouths to feed (or five, or six…). Having an emergency food storage will not only help you financially (because investing in food is a real thing), but will help bring you at least some peace of mind knowing your family is still being fed during the interim of finding a new job.

But of course, you know why you should plan. But now the question is what should you plan. Although each individual and family is different and has their own individual needs, there are still some basics for planning that you should keep in mind. has, as usual, some great ideas for how and what to plan.

You may want to start with a family emergency communications plan. This should include things such as everyone knowing where to meet following a disaster if your home is evacuated, out-of-town emergency contacts, school and work contacts, and medical contacts. Make sure your kids have your phone numbers memorized, and remember: if it’s not an emergency, text; don’t call. Text messages may have an easier time getting through and won’t tie up phone lines that emergency workers will need.

Use technology to help communicate with loved ones that you’re OK. The internet is the third most popular way for Americans to get their information regarding a disaster and let their friends and loved ones know they’re safe.


A personal example of this comes from the Nepal Earthquake. The morning it happened, I woke up with an alert on my phone that a huge quake had hit Nepal. It sounded bad, and I hoped it just sounded worse than it was. Then, I remembered one of my good friends was over in Nepal doing humanitarian work. I immediately went to Facebook to see if there was any news from him. Well, there was. Facebook was on it, and the Facebook Safety Check alert popped up on my screen right after I logged in. It said I had one friend in the affected area, and he was marked as safe. Then I found a status update of his. As it turns out, he was in the airport, just about to leave Nepal when the earthquake struck. He and his group were fine – just temporarily delayed. I learned all that from Facebook, and then I stopped worrying about him.

So you see, Facebook can be a great way of making sure your friends and family know you’re alright. Of course, Facebook is just one way to go about it. Find a way to make the Internet work for you.

Next on the list is knowing where your utility shut-offs are. According to, “natural gas leaks and explosions are responsible for a significant number of fires following disasters.” Shutting off your utilities after a disaster can really save your home – and your lives. Find the shut-off valves for your natural gas, water, and electricity, so if there is a concern, you’ll know where to go.Dolla-billz-150x150

Financial preparedness is something we don’t always think about, but should still plan for. Have some extra cash stashed somewhere in your house (preferably in bills no larger than $20), because there’s always the possibility that credit and debit machines won’t work. Also plan to have adequate insurance for your home, car, and belongings. Along with this, have your important documents and records in an easily accessible location. Doing all this will help you recover faster from disaster.

Lastly, plan ahead to be prepared with safety skills. First aid and CPR classes can provide the knowledge and skills you need to help save and protect those close to you. By receiving official certification from the American Red Cross, you’ll even be protected when you give aid to others. Without that protection (as sad as it is to say), you could face lawsuit, so make sure you plan ahead so when the time comes to help, you won’t be afraid to.

Well, I hope this gives you a good starting place for planning ahead for disaster. Of course, there are many other areas to plan for, such as shelter, heat, and sanitation. But this should get you started. Check out our other blog posts to learn more about preparing for disasters.


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Disaster Supply Kits: Budget-Friendly and Fun

Do you think preparing for disasters is too expensive and boring? Think again! Being prepared doesn’t have to break the bank. You can create a budget-friendly basic disaster supply kit using items you may already have at home. You can also make preparedness enjoyable for the entire family!

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Preparedness on a Shoestring activity guide suggests organizing a family scavenger hunt to locate items around your home such as first aid supplies and food. After you’ve built your kit, there are several ways to maintain its low-cost quality. For example:

  • Purchase items from your local dollar store or discount retailer;
  • Take advantage of “Buy One, Get One” deals at your local supermarket; and
  • Trade extra supplies with family and friends.

FEMA advises to prepare your disaster supply kit with enough items to survive for at least three days. If you are packing a kit for more than just yourself, be sure to make necessary accommodations to fit each person’s needs. Also, remember to check your kit for expired items every six months.

Preparing Houses of Worship for Emergencies

The Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships and FEMA are pleased to invite you to a webinar to prepare faith-based organizations for disaster.

The webinar will provide faith-based and community organizations with critical local, state and national resources that can help get communities better prepared for disasters and emergencies.  Subject matter experts from emergency management, the faith-based and volunteer sectors, and the federal government will answer questions about engaging the faith-based community in disaster preparedness activities.

Title: Preparing Houses of Worship for Emergencies

Date: Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Time:  2:00 – 3:00 p.m. (ET)

How to Join the Webinar:

Ham in a Day Class

My next one-day Tech Class will take place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 at the Ann Arbor Hands-On Museum in downtown Ann Arbor. The class will start at 9 am and run until 3:30 pm, at which time the license exam will be given.

There is a $10 fee for the class, except for students under the age of 18, who can attend free. I use this money to pay for expenses at our station, WA2HOM, at the museum. Also, I ask that you register beforehand. I like to limit the number of students to about 20, so that each student gets enough attention, and so that the volunteer examiners can administer the test expeditiously.

To register for the Saturday, January 25 class, send $10 to via PayPal or send a check for $10 to:

Dan Romanchik
1325 Orkney Dr.
Ann Arbor, MI 48103

When I get your registration, I will put you on another e-mail list and send you more details a week or two before the class. After you register, download my study guide from The PDF version is free.

If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

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