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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.




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.


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.

CPR Class

The Farmington Hills/Farmington Emergency Preparedness Commission (EPC), in cooperation with the Farmington Hills Fire Department, will offer an American Red Cross CPR and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) Class from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8.  The class is open to the public and will be held in the upstairs training room at Fire Station #4 located at 28711 Drake Road.

A $10 fee will cover the cost of the class and materials for residents of Farmington Hills and Farmington.  The class and materials fee is $20 for non-residents.  If you require a Certificate of Training, there will be an additional $10 fee for all participants. 

Participants must register and pay fees one week in advance to ensure the proper student to instructor ratio.  Registration will be confirmed via email after the fee is received.  Individuals who show up without paying the fee seven days in advance will be asked to wait and register for a future class.  Participants must be at least 12 years old.

To register, email Erin Karlson at or call 248-871-2800.

Two Day CERT Basic Training Course

Michigan Volunteer Defense Force
Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 8:00 AM – Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:00 PM (EDT)
Howell, Michigan

The Michigan Volunteer Defense Force, First Battalion, in coordination with the Michigan Citizens Corps Region One, Livingston County CERT and RACES, and the Capital Area CERT, offer the full Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic course in an intense full-weekend class. 

The course runs Saturday, March 21st, from 8:00 AM Eastern to 6:00 PM, and Sunday, March 22nd, from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.  Participation in both days is required.  

Please wear loose-fitting clothes and closed-toe shoes. You will be sitting in a classroom as well as participating in activities for each unit inside. There will be a short amount of time outside for fire extinguisher training.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community.

People who go through CERT training have a better understanding of the potential threats to their home, workplace and community and can take the right steps to lessen the effects of these hazards on themselves, their homes or workplace. If a disaster happens that overwhelms local response capability, CERT members can apply the training learned in the classroom and during exercises to give critical support to their family, loved ones, neighbors or associates in their immediate area until help arrives. When help does arrive, CERTs provide useful information to responders and support their efforts, as directed, at the disaster site. CERT members can also assist with non-emergency projects that improve the safety of the community. CERTs have been used to distribute and/or install smoke alarms, replace smoke alarm batteries in the home of elderly, distribute disaster education material, provide services at special events, such as parades, sporting events, concerts and more.

Local government prepares for everyday emergencies. However, there can be an emergency or disaster that can overwhelm the community’s immediate response capability. While adjacent jurisdictions, State and Federal resources can activate to help, there may be a delay for them getting to those who need them. The primary reason for CERT training is to give people the decision-making, organizational, and practical skills to offer immediate assistance to family members, neighbors, and associates while waiting for help. While people will respond to others in need without the training, the goal of the CERT program is to help people do so effectively and efficiently without placing themselves in unnecessary danger.

There are many jobs within a CERT for someone who wants to be involved and help. Following a disaster, CERT members are needed for documentation, comforting others, logistics, etc. Non-disaster related team activities may include keeping databases, developing a website, writing a newsletter, planning activities, helping with special events and organizing exercises and activities.

During CERT classroom training, if one has a concern about doing a skill like lifting, just let the instructor know. You can learn from watching. We would like everyone who wants to go through the training to have an opportunity to participate and learn the skills. CERT educates participants about local hazards and trains them in skills that are useful during disaster and life’s everyday emergencies.

Sign up at the following URL:

Shelter in Place


Sheltering in Place at Home

The appropriate steps depend on the emergency situation. If you hear a warning signal, listen to local radio or television stations for further information. You will be told what to do, including where to find the nearest shelter if you are away from your “shelter-in-place” location.

If you are told to “shelter-in-place,” act quickly. Follow the instructions of local authorities. In general:

  1. Bring children and pets indoors immediately. If your children are at school, do not try to bring them home unless told to. The school will shelter them.
  2. Close and lock all outside doors and windows. Locking may provide a tighter seal.
  3. If you are told there is danger of explosion, close the window shades, blinds, or curtains.
  4. Turn off the heating, ventilation, or air conditioning system. Turn off all fans, including bathroom fans operated by the light switch.
  5. Close the fireplace or woodstove damper. Become familiar with proper operation of flues and dampers ahead of time.
  6. Get your disaster supplies kit, and make sure the radio is working.
  7. The room should have 10 square feet of floor space per person in order to provide sufficient air to prevent carbon dioxide buildup for 5 hours. In this room, you should store scissors, plastic sheeting pre-cut to fit over any windows or vents and rolls of duct tape to secure the plastic. Access to a water supply is desirable, as is a working hard-wired telephone. Don’t rely on cell phones because cellular telephone circuits may be overwhelmed or damaged during an emergency. Also, a power failure will render most cordless phones inoperable.
  8. Take everyone, including pets, into an interior room with no or few windows and shut the door.
  9. If you have pets, prepare a place for them to relieve themselves where you are taking shelter. Pets should not go outside during a chemical or radiation emergency because it is harmful to them and they may track contaminants into your shelter. The Humane Society of the United States suggests that you have plenty of plastic bags and newspapers, as well as containers and cleaning supplies, to help deal with pet waste.
  10. If you are instructed to seal the room, use duct tape and plastic sheeting, such as heavy-duty plastic garbage bags, to seal all cracks around the door into the room. Tape plastic over any windows. Tape over any vents and seal electrical outlets and other openings. As much as possible, reduce the flow of air into the room.
  11. Make sure all family members know what to do in an emergency whether they are at home, school, work, or outdoors. This includes knowing the number of an out-of-town friend or relative who has agreed to serve as an emergency contact. It can be easier to reach someone out of town during an emergency than to reach someone locally, including family members. The contact can collect the information on where and how everybody is and help reassure and reunite families.
  12. Call your emergency contact and keep the phone handy in case you need to report a life-threatening condition. Otherwise stay off the phone, so that the lines will be available for use by emergency responders.
  13. Keep listening to your radio or television until you are told all is safe or you are told to evacuate. Do not evacuate unless instructed to do so.
  14. When you are told that the emergency is over, open windows and doors, turn on ventilation systems, and go outside until the building’s air has been exchanged with the now clean outdoor air. Follow any special instructions given by emergency authorities to avoid chemical or radiological contaminants outdoors.

Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness

The main reason to use this guide is to help protect yourself and your family in the
event of an emergency. Through applying what you have learned in this guide, you
are taking the necessary steps to be ready when an event occurs.

Every citizen in this country is part of a national emergency management system
that is all about protection–protecting people and property from all types of hazards.
Think of the national emergency management system as a pyramid with you,
the citizen, forming the base of the structure. At this level, you have a responsibility
to protect yourself and your family by knowing what to do before, during, and
after an event. Some examples of what you can do follow:

Before                          • Know the risks and danger signs.                       
  • Purchase insurance, including flood insurance, which is not
part of your homeowner’s policy.
  • Develop plans for what to do.
  • Assemble a disaster supplies kit.
  • Volunteer to help others.
During • Put your plan into action.
  • Help others.
  • Follow the advice and guidance of officials in charge of the
After • Repair damaged property.
  • Take steps to prevent or reduce future loss.

You will learn more about these and other actions you should take as you progress
through this guide.

Are You Ready? An In-Depth Guide to Citizen Preparedness

Ham Radio Classes

Amateur radio (also called ham radio) is the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. The term “amateur” is used to specify persons interested in radio technique solely with a personal aim and without direct monetary or other similar reward, and to differentiate it from commercial broadcasting, public safety (such as police and fire), or professional two-way radio services (such as maritime, aviation, taxis, etc.). 


Southfield Classes – All License Grades:

The General and Extra Class amateur radio license classes:  Mondays, January 12, 2015 to May 4, 2015—7pm to 9 pm
The Technician Class amateur radio license:  Mondays, February 9, 2015 to April 27, 2015—7pm to 9 pm

 Lawrence Technological University
21000 West ten mile rd.
Southfield, MI  48075
Engineering building E-200

Instruction is free / License manual is $25, available from the instructor / FCC exam fee (at final session): $15
***limited room! 
Pre-registration is necessary, by December 29***
Instructor:  Ron Miotke, wd8mnx (Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club
Contact:  Jerry Begel, HPARC Education Coordinator.


Dearborn & Dearborn Heights Technician Classes:

Monday Evenings at Caroline Kennedy Library

6:30 pm until 8:30 pm on March 2,  March 16,  March 30, April 6, and April 20.

These free classes are offered by the Motor City Radio Club and will help teens and adults who wish to prepare for the Technician Amateur Radio License Examination.

Caroline Kennedy Library
24950 George Street
Dearborn Heights, MI 48127
Phone: 313-791-3800


On May 9 all students are invited to take the MCRC bi-monthly License Examinations in Taylor, MI.  (The license examination fee is $15.00 paid at the exam site on the day of the exam.)

We will be using The No-Nonsense Technician Class License Study Guide by Dan Romanchic.  It is a free download of 58 pages in PDF format available at

The ARRL license guide can also be purchased from the instructor at a cost of $22.50.

Stop at the Library Circulation Desk or call (313) 791-3802

Local Skywarn Classes

Skywarn is an effort to save lives during severe weather emergencies by expanding networks of spotters and by encouraging the widest possible participation in tornado warning programs. There is no way to stop tornadoes, and not all tornadoes show up on radar, but they can be seen. Lives can be saved. Only one instrument can detect a tornado or funnel with complete certainty, the human eye.

Skywarn training sessions are held to train individuals on how to accurately observe such weather phenomena as floods, hail, wind and its associated damage, cloud features that lead to tornadoes, and those cloud features that do not lead to tornadoes. The class covers what information to report and how to report it. Basic severe weather safety is also covered. Classes are FREE and last 1.5 hours. While new technological and scientific tools have advanced the National Weather Service (NWS) capability to predict severe weather, the trained spotter remains essential to the NWS warning process. The more trained “eyes” we have in the field during a severe weather event, the better our service to you and the public will be. More concern, more spotters, more eyes are needed. Lend us yours – learn SKYWARN!

If you cannot make one of the Skywarn classes this year, there are a couple of alternatives for Skywarn Training. An online Skywarn training is available through the NOAA MetEd web site. Currently there are two courses, each taking about one hour to complete: The Role of the Skywarn Spotter and Skywarn Spotter Convective Basics.

Spotter Training Classes in Wayne County

March 14, 2015 Saturday 10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Sponsors: Garden City Amateur Radio Club and Wayne County ARPSC

Garden City Presbyterian Church
1841 Middlebelt Road
Garden City, Michigan 48135

One block South of Ford Road, West side of street, park on South side of building, session in basement.

Location web site:
Club web site:


March 25, 2015 Wednesday 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Sponsors: Livonia Amateur Radio Club, Livonia Office of Emergency Management and Wayne County ARPSC

Livonia Civic Center Library Auditorium
32777 Five Mile Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150

Four blocks East of Farmington Road, South side of road, park in rear of building, session in Auditorium.
Location web site:
Club web site:


April 10, 2015 Friday 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM

Sponsors: Motor City Radio Club and Wayne County ARPSC

Westfield Activities Center
2700 Westfield
Trenton, Michigan

One block North of West Road, park on South side of building, session in Fireplace room.
Location web site:
Club web site:


National Weather Service – White Lake Office:
SKYWARN Spotters page:
SKYWARN Recognition Day web site:



Controlling Bleeding

Uncontrolled bleeding initially causes weakness. If bleeding is not controlled, the victim will go into shock within a short period of time, and finally will die. An adult has about five liters of blood. Losing one liter can result in death.
There are three types of bleeding and the type can usually be identified by how fast the blood

  • Arterial bleeding. Arteries transport blood under high pressure. Bleeding from an artery is spurting bleeding.
  • Venous bleeding. Veins transport blood under low pressure. Bleeding from a vein is flowing bleeding.
  • Capillary bleeding. Capillaries also carry blood under low pressure. Bleeding from capillaries is oozing bleeding.

There are three main methods for controlling bleeding:

  • Direct pressure
  • Elevation
  • Pressure points

Warning: This video is a graphic.

Learn the signs of a stroke F.A.S.T.

Every 40 seconds a stroke occurs in the United States, according to the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. To raise awareness about F.A.S.T. (Face, Arms, Speech,  and Time) — an acronym to recognize and respond to the sudden warning signs of stroke, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and Ad Council are unveiling a new, national multimedia public service advertisement (PSA) campaign.

F.A.S.T. is designed to help bystanders spot a stroke fast because the quicker a stroke victim receives medical attention, the greater his or her chances of survival and a better recovery.

Hands-Only CPR Demo Video — American Heart Association

One quarter of Americans, say they’ve been in a situation where someone needed CPR. If you were one of them, would you know what to do? About 92 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims die before reaching the hospital, but statistics prove that if more people knew CPR, more lives could be saved. Most people, who experience cardiac arrest at home, work or in a public location die because they did not receive immediate CPR.  American Red Cross offers many classes in CPR.

Watch and learn the simple steps in this new 60-second demo video to help save a life with Hands-Only CPR. If you know the two steps to Hands-Only CPR, you’re ready to help save a life.

Disaster Training: NOAA Weather Radio

Missouri StormAware explains why it is important for families to use NOAA weather alert radios in their homes. Severe weather footage provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

CERT Basic Training Classes

Lincoln Park Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is accepting applications for an upcoming Basic Training Course to be held this fall.   The purpose of this Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Course is to provide citizens with the basic skills needed during a major disaster. This training will allow graduates to respond to the immediate need of their community in the aftermath of a major disaster – the time when emergency services may not be immediately available. By working together, CERT members can assist in saving lives and protecting property by implementing the basic techniques taught in this course.

The CERT Basic training evolves search and rescue, first aid, CPR, AED, triage, and disaster psychology. What better way to give back to your community, just by giving up a few hours to serve in such a great organization as a CERT member.

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