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EXERCISES

 

2009

March 12, 2009 - Exercise

April 30, 2009 - Exercise

June 18, 2009 - Full Scale Exercise

July 9. 2009 - Rehab Exercise

July 18, 2009 - Urban Search Exercise

September 26-27, 2009 - DOD Teen CERT Class

October 3, 2009 - CERT Drill/Exercise

October 13, 2009 - GSP Full Scale Exercise

October 19, 2009 - USCU Full Scale Exercise

November 21, 2009 - VRC Exercise

 

CERT EXERCISES - 2008

MARCH 12, 2009 - EXERCISE

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.

APRIL 30, 2009 - EXERCISE

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

JUNE 18, 2009 - FULL SCALE EXERCISE

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 

1

Cynthia

Alexander

2

Matt

Andrews

3

Matt

Andrews

4

Jennifer

Barriage

5

Paul

Barriage

6

Christie

Blanton

7

Bill

Bomar

8

Michael

Brooks

9

Billy

Brown

10

Brian

Brown

11

Wendell

Button

12

Ted

Button

13

Mike

Carkhuff

14

Clint

Carroll

15

Kenneth

Cash

16

Arif

Chaudhary

17

Bruce

Cook

18

Antonio

Craig

19

William

Culver

20

Jackie

Danielson

21

Casey

Danielson

22

Holt

Erwin

23

Sam

Etheredge

24

Stephanie

Everett

25

Bob

Grudzien

26

Barbara

Grudzien

27

Kathy

Hurry

28

Jeri

Inglett

29

Jenny

Inglett

30

Donna

Jackson

31

Tim

Jamison

32

Edward

Jarrett

33

Chloe

Jarrett

34

Gail

Kingwell

35

Herman

Ledbetter

36

Bill

Leeder

37

Dana

Leeder

38

Joel

Livesay

39

Douglas

Martin

40

Joan

Massey

41

Mark

McClure

42

Robert

McKee

43

Erma

Miller

44

Brittany

Moore

45

Lisa

Moore

46

Jason

Mosely

47

Doug

Nissley

48

Becky

Owenby

49

Eric

Peterson

50

Jerry

Shaw

51

Dawn

Shinkar

52

Charleen

Snyder

53

Eric

Snyder

54

Jaaron

Snyder

55

Robbie

Swofford

56

Vivian

Swofford

57

Beverly

Tonkovic

58

Joe

Tonkovic

59

Robin

Tonkovic

60

Eric

Von Bremer

61

David

Wilson

62 Tammy Wilson

63

Stephanie

Wright

Graduating Class 

1

Margaret

Baker

2

Joel

Barnett

3

Gabe

Barnett

4

Patricia

Davis

5

Steven

Holub

6

Dee Ann

Jarrett (not present)

7

Don

Jones

8

Barbara

Klepper

9

Jim

Reynolds

10

Kristina

Robertson

11

Donna

Wiggs

12

Tom

Wiggs

13

Kym

Williams

14

Dylan

Williams

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.

JULY 9, 2009 - REHAB 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. 

JULY 18, 2009 - URBAN SEARCH EXERCISE

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.

SEPTEMBER 27, 2009 - DOD TEEN CERT CLASS

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.               

OCTOBER 3, 2009 - EXERCISE DRILL

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:

 

Graduating Class

Carmen Blanco

Rhoshanda Booker

Mike Brannon

Kim Broadhead

Kelli Brown (Teen CERT)

Thomas Brown

Brett Carton

Shelly Carton

Kathy Caldwell

Steve Caldwell

Will Caldwell

Rick Carlan

Richard Chance

Sherri Chance

Susan Cook

Charles Danielson

Maegan Faulkner (Teen CERT)

Barbara Golembeska

Thomas Golembeski

Bob Hargrove

Jan Hargrove

Tommy Hines

Mahe Horne

Mary King

Bruce Mason

Kim Mason

Lee McMillon

Dana Moore

Gavin Moore (Teen CERT)

Frank Munoz

Donna Oddo

Miranda Pettit

Christina Pratt

Thom Reel

Tracey Rahynes

Darlene Romsick

Lawrence Sawyer

Michelle Scruggs

Julie Senn

Thomas Thamis

Chris Vasilneko

Danny Watkins

Frank White

Brian Williamson

Wyomia Williams

Terri Williamson

Brenda Whitt

Brad Wynn.

 

Current CERT Members

Matt Andrews

Paul Barriage

Ted Button

Wendell Button

Mike Charkhuff

Arif Chaudhary

Tony Craig

Cherise Crosby

Barbara Daniels

Sam Etheredge

Barbara Grudzien

Bob Grudzien

Bryan Grudzien

Kathy Hurry

Bill Leeder

Dana Leeder

Doug Martin

Mark McClure

Robert McKee

Robbie Swofford

Tom Wiggs

 

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.

OCTOBER 13, 2009 - GSP FULL SCALE EXERCISE

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.

OCTOBER 19, 2009 - USCU FULL SCALE EXERCISE

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.

NOVEMBER 21, 2009 - VRC EXERCISE

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

Tamy Foreman

Brock Owens

Joyce Owens

Paul Owens

Kelly Stafford

Tom Wiggs (CERT)

Jennifer Winstand

 

AmeriCorps

25 AmeriCorps played Volunteers

 

CERT

Mike Brannon

Barbara Daniels

Patricia Davis (ACTS)

Barbara Grudzien

Bob Grudzien

Bryan Grudzien

Edward Jarrett

Don Jones (Southern Baptist Disaster Relief)

Bill Leeder (MRC)

Dana Leeder

Robert McKee

Leigh Moore (Mobile Meals)

Robbie Swofford

Marcia Trott (ACTS)

Vivian Tanner (Mobile Meals)

Beverly Tonkovic

Tammy Wilson (MRC)

Tom Wiggs (American Red Cross)

 

Medical Reserve Corp

Bill Leeder (CERT)

Tammy Wilson (CERT)

 

Mobile Meals

Barbara Johnson

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.