Spartanburg County CERT
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|CERT EXERCISES - 2008|
The Spartanburg County CERT program held its first exercise of 2009 on March 12th. We had 23 people graduate from the CERT program. Three of these 23 graduates were Teen CERT. Since this was our first graduation/exercise in several months, it was a little bit of an adjustment for us. However, everything went well. I would like to thank our 23 CERT Graduates (see CERT Graduates), Cherise Crosby, Chantella Crosby, AJ Crosby, LJ Crosby, DJ Crosby, Barbara Grudzien, Bob Grudzien, and Bill Leeder for coming out. In addition, I would like to thank Spartanburg Community College for hosting this event. Even though Doug Nissley was not present, Chantella Crosby managed to take some pictures. We hope you enjoy them.
The Spartanburg County CERT program held it's second exercise of 2009 on April 30th. We had 27 people graduate from this CERT training session, bringing our grand total of citizens trained in CERT to 424 (see CERT Graduates). Needless to say, we're thrilled with the turnout from the last class. With the first two classes being such huge success, we're looking forward to our next class in June 2009. In the meantime, feel free to look at the pictures Robert McKee took at this event. In addition to Robert, I would like to thank the following CERT members who came out and assisted with this exercise: Cherise Crosby, Chantella Crosby, AJ Crosby, LJ Crosby, DJ Crosby, Barbara Grudzien, Bob Grudzien, and Bill Leeder
On 6/18/09, the Spartanburg County CERT Program engaged in its first Full Scale Exercise of 2009. The scenario, a tornado hits the Upstate Family Resource Center around 2:30pm. Given the current conditions surrounding the exercise (severe thunderstorm warnings issued for the area), this was a very plausible event. For this event, Spartanburg CERT members were tasked with Search & Rescue, First Aid, and First Responder duties. Since the rain hindered our outside efforts, we refrained from fire suppression and cribbing (our large wall was outside). Regardless, the exercise was a huge success. However, without the participation of the following CERT members, this could not have been possible:
Current CERT Members
Overall, 76 CERT members participated in yesterday’s exercise. For a Thursday evening exercise, with severe weather warnings issued, we could not ask for more. For those who were unable to make it, I hope you enjoy the pictures Doug Nissley and Robert McKee took at this exercise.
On 7/9/09, Tyger River Fire Department asked for 3 CERT members to assist with Rehab on a Full Scale exercise they conducted off 295. Since this was strictly a Rehab Assignment with limited man power requested, I requested those who have had the most experience setting up and tearing down Rehab. In addition to myself, Antonio Craig and Robert McKee carried out this rehab exercise. Overall, I was very impressed with how quickly established the Rehab area and carried out rehab responsibilities. Since we were all busy during the exercise, very few pictures were taken. However, feel free to take a look at the few pics I did take.
On 7/19/09, SCSARDA along with several CERT members conducted several Urban/flanking exercise in an effort to make both teams more familiar with one another. While this exercise was short in nature, it was extremely educational and fun. For those who missed it (and there were many), please feel free to check out the pictures Doug Nissley took. I hope many more CERT SAR Tech memebers can take advantage of the 8/29 exercise.
The Spartanburg County CERT program, in conjunction with the Department of Defense, conducted a Teen CERT Program at the Green Armory. Considering the Spartanburg CERT program had one day to prepare, we did a great job. I would like to thank Bob Grudzien, Barbara Grudzien, and Bill Leeder for their assistance. All in all, this class was a huge success.
On 10/3/09, Spartanburg County CERT conducted its second full scale exercise of the year. The exercise took place at Restoration Church and unlike previous full scale exercises, this was a drill based exercise. Basically, there was no scenario. All in all, the Full Scale Drill Exercise went well. I can't thank Restoration Church enough for their support of this program. All in all, everything went well. While we had our first real world emergency during an exercise, I'm glad to report that Rhoshanda is doing well. In addition to Rhoshanda's participation, the following CERT members participated in this exercise drill:
Kelli Brown (Teen CERT)
Maegan Faulkner (Teen CERT)
Gavin Moore (Teen CERT)
Current CERT Members
Overall 70 CERT members participated in this drill/exercise. I can't thank everyone enough for coming out and making this possible. Thanks again to Restoration Church for being such gracious host. I hope everyone involved with this incident enjoyed themselves.
For the first time, the Spartanburg County CERT Team done something other than play the role of victim. For the GSP exercise, the CERT program conducted Rehab and carried out other various duties throughout the exercise. The CERT members who carried out these various functions were: Tony Craig, Barbara Grudzien, Doug Martin, Lisa Moore, Robbie Swofford, Beverly Tonkovic, Dylan William, and Kym Williams.
On 10/19, CERT had another opportunity to expand their role past that of being a victim. For the USCU exercise, CERT was responsible for triage, crowd control, and of course, Rehab. Overall, it was a great exercise and I was extremely proud of the effort everyone gave. Those CERT members were: Tony Craig, Barbara Grudzien, Becky Grudzien, Don Jones, Bill Leeder, Robbie Swofford, Beverly Tonkovic, Chris Vasilneko, Danny Watkins, Donna Wiggs, and Kym Williams. While at the exercise, I and Don Jones took a few pictures. I hope you enjoy those and once again, thanks to everyone who made this a very successful event for the Spartanburg County CERT program.
During times of disaster, Spartanburg County could open up something commonly referred to as a Volunteer Reception Center. Volunteer Reception Centers are intended to address the spontaneous volunteer issue. The purpose of the 11/21 exercise was to familiarize CERT, Red Cross, Mobile Meals, Medical Reserve Corp, and other members of SCVOAD with the VRC concept. With this being our first ever VRC exercise, it was a huge success. I would like to thank the following people for participating:
VRC Staff Volunteers
ACTS World Relief
Patricia Davis (CERT)
Marcia Trott (CERT)
American Red Cross
Tom Wiggs (CERT)
25 AmeriCorps played Volunteers
Patricia Davis (ACTS)
Don Jones (Southern Baptist Disaster Relief)
Bill Leeder (MRC)
Leigh Moore (Mobile Meals)
Marcia Trott (ACTS)
Vivian Tanner (Mobile Meals)
Tammy Wilson (MRC)
Tom Wiggs (American Red Cross)
Medical Reserve Corp
Bill Leeder (CERT)
Tammy Wilson (CERT)
Leigh Moore (CERT)
Vivian Tanner (CERT)
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
Don Jones (CERT)
Overall, with 50 peolpe participating (25 staff and 25 volunteers), this exercise was a huge success. We took a lot of lessons learned from this event and plan to incorporate into the VRC SOG in the near future.