Thursday, October 17, 2013, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Londonderry Police Department Community Room
Check out a unique opportunity for Animal Sheltering.
Registration for the Functional Needs Sheltering Workshop and the Emergency Shelter Operations Training is now open!
On September 28, Greater Derry Public Health Network (in partnership with ALERT), will host a NEW interactive workshop on functional, access, and medical needs in emergency shelters. The Functional Needs Sheltering Workshop was developed over the course of the past year with input from other volunteer groups, clinicians, and experts in shelter operations and Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS).
The purpose of this workshop is to enhance regional capacity for mass care services by increasing volunteer knowledge of sheltering concepts and FNSS. From experience, many of us who have worked in the shelter know that increasing our knowledge in FNSS could prove very beneficial if we were to operate another shelter.
Completion of Shelter Operations Training is a prerequisite. On September 18, we are offering this training to those of you who may not have already completed it. Once completed, you can register for the Workshop.
Below are descriptions of the training and workshop with links to the online registration. Attached are flyers for both the training and the workshop which also include links to the online registration.
Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Londonderry High School Gymnasium
The Functional Needs Sheltering Workshop will provide volunteers with knowledge of Functional Needs Support Services (FNSS) in emergency shelters. Participants work in teams to identify functional, access, and medical needs for fictional shelter residents and offer strategies to improve access to mass care services (registration, dormitory, and feeding). The workshop is recommended for response personnel, volunteers, and partner agencies with roles in mass care services. Training in shelter operations is required prior to participating in this workshop. Emergency Shelter Operations Training is scheduled for September 18 for individuals who have not completed shelter operations training and wish to attend the workshop (see below). To register for the Functional Needs Sheltering Workshop please visit FNSSworkshop.eventbrite.com or call (603) 845-5539 by September 23.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Londonderry Police Department, Community Room
The Emergency Shelter Operations Training will prepare volunteers to work in an emergency shelter by introducing them to shelter operations and functions. Participants will also learn about mass care services that are provided in the shelter and the role of partner agencies in providing those services. The training is recommended for response personnel, volunteers, and partner agencies with roles in mass care services, including Faith Based Organizations. Individuals who have completed this training, or other shelter operations training, are eligible to participate in the Functional Needs Sheltering Workshop on September 28 (see above). To register for the Emergency Shelter Operations Training please visit ALERTshelterops.eventbrite.com or call (603) 845-5539 by September 16.
Check out the upcoming conference available to ALERT members as well as all active volunteers of the following organizations.
American Red Cross chapters within NH
Community Emergency Response Teams within NH
NH Disaster Animal Response Team
NH Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team
NH Emergency System for Advance Registration of Volunteer Health Professionals
NH Metropolitan Medical Response System ‐ Medical Task Force I
Medical Reserve Corps units within NH
Joan Willey and her husband Richard are the winners of the Patriots’ Tickets!
We sold 933 tickets vs. 901 from the prior year. This year we saw an increase in raffle ticket sales as well as Donations to ALERT. For this we THANK YOU ALL, we couldn’t do any of this without all of your support.
Everyone who put in the time and effort to sell tickets did a super job. This amazing team included Karen, Tim, Pauline and Remi, Stephanie, Joe M, Joe and Joanne, Chris, Rich, Colleen, Sylvia and Al.
A special Thank You to Peg for your efforts in all the fundraising and coordination of this raffle.
ALERT Log for Line Training Exercise – Saturday, August 20, 2013
Alert Communication Team (ACT)
ACT members present: Club call sign KB1TBX
Command trailer: Bill Fortin KB1SGK Joan Paradise KB1SGT
Bedford Cert: Mike Conroy NI1F
Field Instructors: Richard Semaski KB1RWU Pam Hall KB1DYF Wayne Hall KB1EOK
Alert team members: John Archambault Dave Haynes Joe Paradise
Tim Vrettos Jon Kane Joe Morrello
Bedford CERT: Ron Michaud K1RHM Dot Michaud K1CAZ Martin Koechel KW1M
New Boston CERT: Tricia Smith
Derry CERT: Brian Mallory
The command trailer was set up at the end of Hickory Hill road at 7:00 AM. The communication trailer was manned from 7:00 to 13:00. We ran the command trailer on the ALERT generator away from the trailer to curb the noise and smell. Our team dismantled the trailer after the event.
The call log is a spread sheet logged in by Joanne Paradise KB1SGT, Mike Conroy NI1F received communication as the events occurred.
Bill Fortin KB1SGK maintained the mapping system and recorded GPS coordinates as they came in.
Bill KB1SGK 8:00 – 8:30
I presented initial training on proper hydration for a searcher. It is critically to drink lots of water and equally important to include electrolyte whether with Gator Aid, Gatorade Aid Perform packs, Nuum tablets or any other electrolyte product. As a precaution I asked that the team, to team up with members from a different CERT group and monitor each other.
I presented a short compass training course. I recommended we should carry a compass on a string around your neck without letting it bounce. Put your compass in a pocket in your shirt, jacket or under your clothes. Carry a second compass in your back pack in case your primary compass gets lost or damaged.
Our presentation included a short orienting of a compass with a map of the Musquash Conservation Area. Participants used their compass on a map to each try their hand at finding their way to a point on the map as well as getting out of the woods.
We have to thank Rich KB1RWU, Wayne KB1EOK, and Pam KB1DYF for searching out the site in advance and presetting the search site scenario. Great job, Rich, Wayne, and Pam.
The line search team was led by Rich KB1RWU who gave a rescue scenario. Wayne KB1EOK, and Pam KB1DYF took over the training at the site.
Martin Koechel KW1M from Bedford CERT provided communication from the field to the communication trailer. Martin led the searchers to the search site.
Martin KW1M called communication upon finding the victim gave GPS coordinates and site information. After finding the victim, the team performed the necessary recovery. They loaded the victim in a stokes basket and transported the victim to the waiting make believe ambulance. We are happy to announce our victim made a full recovery and we have received many thanks from the family. LOL
Martin Koechel tracked his path with his phone. Check out the track
Created by Google My Tracks on Android.
Name: 7/20/2013 8:16am Activity type: hiking Description: – Total distance: 2.48 km (1.5 mi) Total time: 2:18:49 Moving time: 1:50:56 Average speed: 1.07 km/h (0.7 mi/h) Average moving speed: 1.34 km/h (0.8 mi/h) Max speed: 4.50 km/h (2.8 mi/h) Average pace: 56.06 min/km (90.2 min/mi) Average moving pace: 44.79 min/km (72.1 min/mi) Fastest pace: 13.33 min/km (21.5 min/mi) Max elevation: 82 m (269 ft) Min elevation: 47 m (155 ft) Elevation gain: 86 m (281 ft) Max grade: 0 % Min grade: 0 % Recorded: 7/20/2013 8:16am
Final thoughts: The team returned with all accounted for and no injuries. The day was just beautiful. The temperature at the beginning was mid 80’s and it got hotter as the day progressed. The camaraderie with ALERT and Bedford CERT, Derry CERT and New Boston CERT was outstanding. We continue to develop some wonderful new friends and we developed an incredible working relationship. No matter where the need arises Londonderry, Bedford, Derry, and New Boston can work together and complete our mission. Trainings with surrounding CERT team are very important to work together. We continue to learn of our benefits as well as some short comings. The simplex frequency worked flawlessly. Command and the field had perfect clarity.
I have included our communication log, map of the search area and The SAR back pack list.
Remi W Fortin KB1SGK
Visit Mr Steer this weekend! It is the last full weekend to get your raffle tickets for your chance to win Patriots vs Jets tickets. ALERT will be there from 9am til around 6pm on Saturday, and 9am til 4pm on Sunday. Go say Hi to the ALERT members and get your tickets!
ALERT Field Training July 20th, 2013
*Training assembled for purpose of ALERT Line Search Training, land navigation and victim carry.
*Training held at Musquash Conservation Area (assembled at Hickory Hill entrance).
*Trainers: Rich Semaski, Wayne Hall, Pam Hall,
* Communications: Remi Fortin, Joanne Paradis and Mike Conroy (Bedford CERT)
* Tactical Communications on ALERT 2. (See Comms Report)
*ALERT Members present: (11 total)
Jon Kane John Archambault Joe Morrello Joe Paradis Dave Haynes Tim Vrettos
Bedford CERT: 3 members
New Boston CERT: 1 member
Derry CERT: 1 member
*Training commenced at 0800 hrs. Temperature was in mid 70’s, sunny and a bit muggy. Members signed in. Briefing of training plan was given and general basic compass instruction was given by Remi Fortin. Team was led into Musquash by Martin Kochel (Bedford CERT) at approx. 0828 Hrs to “Cellar Hole” area, where team re-assembled for training scenario and further instruction.
*Briefing by ALERT president was given and class turned over to instructors Wayne Hall and Pam Hall
*Dictated by number of members present, scenario was conducted with 1 line of 11.
*Line leader “Musher” was chosen by members. (Martin Kochel was picked)
*Team was lined up perpendicular to a stone wall, chosen as a landmark to follow.
*Line stopped at intervals to check line and make sure of proper alignment. Instructors added remarks as to proper line discipline.
* Line proceeded and turned on second (return) leg, but no evidence of victim was found.
*Training scenario dictated “area clear” and team leave area and hike to new location. Location was closer to trail entrance where trainer was posted.
* Upon arrival team was instructed to take a compass heading and found heading to be 20 degrees magnetic. Team moved on heading observing pooper line discipline and tactics.
*Victim located approx. 50 yards off trail.
*Data was called in via HT radio to operation center where information (description of evidence and GPS location) was logged into data base.
* Scenario victim was found to be coherent, but with large tree branch on ankle. Victim prepped for broken ankle and loaded into stokes basket for carry out.
* Team was led out of Musquash to Hickory Hill parking area where team signed out and was debriefed. Q &A session occurred and comments/suggestions were taken. Temperatures were in the mid 80’s, sunny and humid.
*No injuries reported all accounted for.
* Training concluded at approximately 1040hrs.
*Thanks to all ALERT members that took time out of their weekend to participate in the training exercise and to our friends at Bedford CERT, Derry CERT and New Boston CERT.
* These trainings are very important for the smooth operation of the ALERT field teams. I was pleased with all the participation.
Follow the link below to view the route the Members took in our line search exercise.
ALERT President and Training Coordinator
Peg and I, along with other groups in the region have been working with Garrett Simonsen, the Greater Derry Public Health Network Coordinator, on a Functional Needs Sheltering Workshop. The workshop is to be held on Saturday, September 28th from approximately 8:30-3:00.
Many of the Emergency volunteer groups in the Greater Derry Region will be participating. Currently, the agenda includes Functional Needs Panel discussions, a Functional Needs Support Services Presentation and group activities. This workshop will be a great addition to other Shelter Trainings we have had as this relates to functional/medical needs in a shelter. Many of us who have worked at the shelter have seen numerous situations in which a better understanding of Functional Needs would have been beneficial . (Shelter Operations Training is a prerequisite and will be offered before the Workshop).
As the school year came to a close, members of ALERT – A Londonderry Emergency Response Team presented 6 Rules of Outdoor Safety to kindergarten students at Moose Hill School.
The Outdoor Safety Presentation is an interactive presentation that uses visual aids such as posters and skits to teach students how to stay safe when outdoors and what to do if they get lost. During the presentation, ALERT members Colleen Monks, Tim Vrettos, and Trish Herrmann would explain a safety rule, show a poster, and then the kindergarteners would watch a skit. This year, ALERT was assisted by Ash Monks, Ryan Moore, and 3 LHS Drama students, Stephanie Conti, Katie Aramento, and Marc Lussier. The drama students would act out the rules, if they performed a rule incorrectly, the kindergarteners would yell ”Stop”. Then the actors would act out the rule as explained, and they would get a thumbs-up from the audience. After all rules were reviewed, ALERT performed a mini mock line search, explaining what happens as they search for missing people.
ALERT has been educating the community on safety and emergency preparedness for the past seven years. This year, a milestone has been reached as over 2,000 Londonderry school-aged children have been educated on basic outdoor safety through ALERT’s presentations.
ALERT is always looking for new members. If interested, please check out their website at www.londonderryalert.org.
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