August 2020

Hoping this newsletter finds you healthy, safe and dry after our Sunday rains, compliments of Isaias. 
From the top

We are now more than halfway through one of the most challenging years I can remember. Among other things, a record was set when we saw a hurricane starting with the letter “I” in July. Yes, July! We were watching for a potential activation. Thankfully, the storm turned Northeast.
Our amazing CERT leaders keep making improvements to our organization. Over the next few days, Team Captains will be receiving new supplies to help their teams activate safely during a pandemic. Many more storms are forecast this year; let’s hope we don’t need to use them.
A reminder about CERT training: we never activate alone. We only activate during daylight hours, after we are sure our families are safe. When members activate with their group, they will be wearing their CERT uniform, which includes a CERT badge, helmet and vest.
The Coronavirus has challenged our ability to hold public meetings and training classes this year. Regrettably, we had to cancel our last public education session that was scheduled for 2020. Please send your neighbors to our YouTube channel,, for Hurricane Preparedness information.
“The best way to clear the road for the future is to keep plowing ahead, no matter how much falls.” (A life lesson from living in Minnesota for 12 years.)

Jim Emanuelson
President, LWR CERT
We're having a VIRTUAL Member Meeting Sept 3!
We're gearing up for our first-ever VIRTUAL Member Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 3 from 7-8:30 PM.  

In addition to updates on the latest Covid-19 safety tips, LWR CERT VP and licensed clinical social worker Jan Kuhn will delve into the psychological aspects of the pandemic and the impacts it is having on us individually and with our families, friends, and the community. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the discussion.
This is a 2020 Active Responder qualifying event.
WOW! Everyone wants to be a winner!

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass.
It's about learning how to dance in the rain." 
- Vivian Greene

In last month's newsletter, at the very bottom of Jim Emanuelson's comments, he mentioned a prize for the first three members who emailed him the name of the author of a quote. (See left column for quote and author.)

The first answer arrived 4 minutes after the newsletter was sent!

Congratulations and waterproof cell phone cases to the three winners: Connie Farmer, Brenda Nusbaum, and Mary Benfer.

Consolation congratulations to these members who also answered correctly: David Forgash, Gail Boyer, Karen Goodman, Deborah Jernigan and Jerry Miller.
Hurricane Preparedness for Our Neighbors
Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we have had to cancel all remaining public Hurricane Preparedness sessions.

We have created a 25-minute online video, available on the LWR CERT YouTube channel , to provide this important information to the public. Since its release at the end of June, this video has been viewed almost 200 times.

Please help LWR CERT spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors.

The video may be found at
Member News
Congratulations to Gail Boyer for reaching 2020 LWR CERT Active Responder Tier 2. Your cooling towel reward will be presented to you later this week.

A huge thank you to Brenda Nusbaum who recently agreed to serve as the Team Captain for Team #35. Thanks for stepping up, Brenda; we're sure you'll be a great leader!

Congratulations to Laura Adcock, who was recently named president of the Rotary Club of Lakewood Ranch. Also recognized was their 2019-2020 director Preston Olinger.
Happy August birthday to members Bruce Bedford, Mark Burton, Tom Cofer, Don Diven, Paul Drzal, Kathy Epstein-Leis, Team Captain Jean Hritz, Gordon Kuhn, Mary Agnes Lilly, Becky Mills, Jeffrey Mull, Don O'Leary, Bill Plerhoples, Richard Raymond, Team Captain Teresa Reeck, Kim Wright and Lorraine Wright.
Upcoming LWR CERT Meetings and Training
Board Meeting - Video Call - Monday, Aug 3 at 7 PM
Operations Committee - Video Call  - Thursday, Aug. 13 at 6 PM
Radio Communications Committee - Video Call  - Wednesday, Aug 19 at 7 PM
Member Meeting - Video Call - Thursday, Sept. 3 at 7 PM
2020 LWR CERT Executive Committee

President - Jim Emanuelson
Vice President - Jan Kuhn
Treasurer - Pat Knowles
Liaison - Deb Diven

LWR CERT 941.404.8606
Newsletter Editor - Karen Emanuelson, Communications Manager

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