May 2022

Hurricane Preparedness Week runs May 1 - 7. Now's the time to check your pantry and start stocking up on essentials including bottled water and shelf-stable meals. May 19 is Stop The Bleed Day - a great time to learn how.

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Thank you to our active volunteers. We completed a Basic Training course and a Stop The Bleed class in the last month. It is great to see the activity and involvement. Our volunteers are building community that will add resilience in our area. Thank you.
Hurricane Preparation
Do you know a “Bob”? He is THAT guy who will be scrambling to buy water and hurricane supplies when a storm is only 3 days away. He may be panicking while he visits 3 or 4 stores to get what he needs in a hurry. Don’t be a “Bob”. Prepare before the storm.

Now is a great time to know things like your home's hurricane risk and how to recognize the warnings and alerts. Do you live in a flood zone? What is your evacuation plan? Does your family have an emergency plan? Suggest your neighbors attend our Hurricane Preparedness session on May 10 to learn more. You might also benefit from a hurricane prep refresher and can help spread the word about LWR CERT membership while you are there.

Manatee County Emergency Management is sponsoring a Hurricane Expo on May 17 at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Details are below.
Stay safe. 

Jim Emanuelson
President, LWR CERT
Public Event:
Hurricane Prep for LWR
Indicators are pointing to a higher-than-average hurricane season for 2022.

LWR CERT members, encourage your neighbors to register for this educational session. It's a great way to introduce them to LWR CERT and to help them (and you) prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.

Click the link below to register up to 4 people or ask your neighbors to visit for more info to register on their own.
Hurricane Prep for LWR Residents is a 2022 Active Responder qualifying event.
Recap: April 25 Member Meeting
More than 50 members attended the April Member Meeting, which featured a special Stop The Bleed presentation by Cindy Filice, HCA Florida Blake Hospital Education Coordinator Trauma Services, and Auxiliary Captain Joe Filice with the Florida Highway Patrol.

All who attended the Stop The Bleed presentation at Town Hall were awarded certificates from the American College of Surgeons. Click here to download a Stop The Bleed poster.
We thank Cindy and Joe for sharing their decades of experience and Stop The Bleed knowledge with our members. We also thank Bruce and Dana Bedford for their donations to our door prizes.
The April Member Meeting was a 2022 Active Responder qualifying event.
Congratulations to our newest members!
Congratulations to the LWR CERT Graduating Class of April 9, 2022. Pictured are Jeff Tryon (left), Lonnie Chidester, Lisa Chidester, Jim Hermiston, Ray Arroyo, Arcinee Hermiston, Bruce Costella, Pam Kean, Chris Sloane, Elaine Cockfield, Gary Cockfield, Jill Perlin, Jordan Perlin, Lt Chad Gamble (Instructor), Gary Miller, Sudi Hirmanpour, Mike Rodgers, Fred Bohlander, FF Nick, Anne Bohlander, Cindy Peirce, Elana Markow, and Pam Biladeau.
Basic Training March-April 2022
Thanks to the Training Committee led by Nigel Pilling, LWR CERT graduated 14 new members into our Phase 1 teams, an additional 6 new CERT members in our neighboring areas, and another 5 who partially completed and plan to complete their training in June.

Thank you Mary Benfer, Steve Bloom, Pat Knowles, Jan Kuhn, Jim Emanuelson, Connie Farmer, Rich Raymond, Kalena Ostrosky, Chuck Kennedy, Sebastian Ilka, Linda Gooen, David Cashbaugh, Mike Modisett, Bud Goetzinger, Eddie Russell, Tim Sherer, Bruce Bedford, Karen Emanuelson, Susan Strahs, Ken Strahs, Mollie Saia, Marty Saia, and Frank Giannone for your contributions to this successful training.

LWR CERT also appreciates our community partners including Chief Steve Litschauer, East Manatee Fire Rescue, and Lakewood Ranch Town Hall. Thanks to Pamela Modisett of Michael Saunders & Company for her generous donation of snacks and treats on Days 2 and 4.

In addition we thank the Neighborhood Engagement team of Sharon Defferding and Valerie Voutsas, led by Mike Defferding, who worked tirelessly to ensure the course roster was filled with qualified candidates.

It definitely takes a village to conduct a successful Basic Training!
Next course begins June 16 - Register a neighbor now!
Encourage your neighbors to visit for details. Be sure to ask them to include your name as their referral.
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This could be one of the easiest ways to show your support for LWR CERT. Thanks!
Did you know....
parts of LWR are in Evacuation Zones?
Hurricane Preparedness Week is May 1 - 7
Are you ready?

Should you evacuate if a hurricane comes this year? How do you know if your home is strong enough to shelter in during a hurricane? Click the graphic above or visit for immediate answers.

OR attend the free LWR CERT May 10 Hurricane Prep for LWR Residents public education event at Town Hall. We'll have volunteers available to answer your questions before and after the presentation. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Visit to reserve your spot today!
Congratulations to our newest 2022 Active Responders
Congratulations and Thank You to all our members who have earned 2022 Active Responder status. We appreciate your dedication to our organization.

Click here to learn how you can earn points toward Active Responder awards or visit the Member Section of our website,
Tier 1
Tier 2
Ray Arroyo
Fred Bohlander
Ann Bohlander
Bruce Costella
Sudi Hirmanpour
Pam Kean
Elena Markow
Gary Miller
Cindy Peirce
Jill Perlin
Jordan Perlin
Michael Rogers
Chris Sloane
Jeff Tryon
Elaine Williamson
Andrew Williamson
Alan Blair
Tony Gula
Mark Marcus
Kay Marcus
Member News and Things to Know
Happy May birthday to members Pablo Acevedo, Laura Adcock, Richard Ade, David Benfer, Annette Buhr, Larry Clemons, Ray Culver, Karen Emanuelson, Polly Greene, Paul Jackowski, Sue Joy-Sobota, Alan Silverglat, Chris Sloane, Jerry Swanson, Elizabeth Trencheny, Brenda Vertuca, Celia Williams, and Judy Williams

Edgewater Sound Meeting - Thanks to an invitation from an Edgewater Sound resident, Neighborhood Engagement Manager Mike Defferding shared an overview of LWR CERT with their neighborhood, which currently has few members. After the meeting, several Edgewater Sound residents stepped up and will be attending Basic Training in June. We look forward to meeting them.

If you would like Mike to speak at your next neighborhood gathering, contact him at
Lakewood Ranch Rotary Presentation - Members of the LWR Rotary learned about preparing for the upcoming hurricane season from Pat Knowles and Mike Defferding at their April 28 meeting at the Lakewood Ranch County Club.

Interested in having a LWR CERT member discuss Hurricane Prep at one of your organization's upcoming meetings? Contact or call us at 941.404.8606.
New Hams!

Congratulations to (left) Sebastian Ilka (KO4ZWW) and (right) Tony Gula (KO4ZWX) for receiving their amateur radio licenses in April. Volunteer Examiner Coordinator Jim Woodson (center) awarded their licenses. Sebastian and Tony are active on the LWR CERT Radio Communications Committee.

Thank you to Frank Giannone for sharing your knowledge and test study assistance.
LWR CERT on display at Town Hall - Lakewood Ranch Inter-District Authority Executive Director Steve Zielinski recently unveiled a display of LWR CERT awards and plaques at Town Hall. "I think it is behooving of the organization's stature in the community," said Steve. "Thanks again for all that you and the volunteers do for all of us."

Be sure to check out the display just outside the Board Room the next time you're in Town Hall.
Open to all Team Captains, Group Leaders and Alternates
Saturday, May 21
9 AM - Noon
LWR Town Hall
Upcoming LWR CERT Meetings and Training
Meetings take place at LWR Town Hall unless otherwise noted and are open to all members

Communications Committee - Tuesday, May 3 at 4 PM
Executive Board Meeting - Wednesday, May 4 at 11:30 PM - Location TBD
Board Meeting - Monday, May 9 at 7 PM
Hurricane Prep for LWR Residents - Monday, May 10 at 7 PM Advance Registration Requested
Training Committee - Friday, May 13 at 3 PM
Radio Communications Committee - Thursday, May 19 at 7 PM
TC/GL Workshop - Saturday, May 21 from 9 AM - noon - Registration Requested
Team Captains Save the Date - Team Kit Pick Up - Saturday, June 4
SAVE THE DATE - Member Meeting - Tuesday, June 14 at 7 PM
Basic Training - June 16 - 25 Advance Registration Required
LWR CERT 2022 Executive Committee

President - Jim Emanuelson
Vice President - Dave Cashbaugh
Treasurer - Pat Knowles
Team Captain Coordinator - Jan Kuhn
Liaison - Nigel Pilling

LWR CERT 941.404.8606
Newsletter Editor - Karen Emanuelson, Communications Manager

Photos - Dave Cashbaugh
Proofreader - Diane Anderson

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