March 2020

Our first Basic Training course begins March 19. There's still time to talk to our Membership Committee and get registered.
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The coronavirus is in the news right now. It is too early to tell if this will grow into an emergency in our area. One thing for sure, it is a good reminder to all residents to take care of yourself. Wash your hands regularly, and keep yourself healthy.

Can you help us fill our March Basic Training course? As of today, we still have a few openings. Are you interested in learning more? Can you find a neighbor or two to join you to grow your neighborhood team?

The team has scheduled some great activities this year from Active Shooter Response to the Grid Search Skills Boost. I hope to see you at one of our upcoming public events.

Jim Emanuelson
850.396.2695
The First Basic Training Course of 2020 begins March 19
Check Out Our New Website -- www.lwrcert.org
Same address. Updated content and functionality. Now you can easily visit or direct your neighbors to specific pages on the website.
The new website is packed full of information in an easy-to-navigate format.

Thanks to Dave Cashbaugh, Karen Emanuelson and Nigel Pilling for their hours of work making our new website a reality and to all the Communications Committee members who spent hours testing and proofreading the site.
2020 Team Captain Kickoff meeting packed with info
The 2020 Team Captain kickoff meeting, led by Membership Manager Tom Hickey and Training Manager Nigel Pilling , provided TCs with a sneak preview of the new website, an opportunity to work directly with their ham radio hub operators, and insights into this year's simulation exercise.
New Member-Exclusive Skills Boost: Grid Search
What a tremendously educational session! Attendees at the Feb. 22 Grid Search Skills Boost met with five members of the Manatee County Search and Rescue who shared their vast knowledge with us.

The formal presentation was followed by an extensive Q&A session before we donned our vests, helmets and name badges and headed out to the field next to Town Hall to practice what we learned. With all the rubbernecking during our field exercise, we had traffic stopped on LWR Blvd as passersby watched us put our Grid Search knowledge into action!

Manatee County Search and Rescue noted several ways LWR CERT members can help:
  • supplemental manpower during grid searches
  • additional communications capabilities
  • serving as subject matter experts and sharing local knowledge of LWR

Thank you to Manatee County Search and Rescue for a wonderful Skills Boost session and to all the attendees, who added another arrow to their SAR quivers.

Thanks to Rich Raymond and Karen Emanuelson for digitally capturing the morning's activities, to Nigel Pilling for technology support and Diane Anderson for assisting everywhere needed.
Feb 27: Public Session
Hurricane Prep: Snowbird and Travelers Edition
The first Hurricane Preparedness session of 2020 was a huge hit and a combined effort of more than a dozen LWR CERT members including presenters Pat Knowles, Rich Raymond and John Rocco and event coordinators Nigel Pilling, Diane Anderson and Karen Emanuelson. Manning the hurricane supplies table were Lenoire Bredt, Mel Davis, Connie Farmer, Tom Hickey, Jan Kuhn, Valerie Stafford-Mallis, Tim Sherer, and Kim Wright. We educated more than 80 residents and heard many, many positive comments from attendees.
Member News
Thanks to the members who attended the Feb. 5 event at MacAllisters last month and reached out to their neighbors. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm. Reservations for the Feb. 27 Hurricane Preparedness session spiked after the special meeting.

Resignation: Due to time commitment issues, David Mills has resigned as Director on the Board and as Team Captain. He will continue as a member. We thank David for his time and wish him all the best. A Nominating Committee has been formed and is expected to bring Director candidate(s) before the Board at their March 9 meeting.

Happy March birthday to Tricia Bauer, Tom Bishop, Sandra Bruce, Scott Gindoff, Tony Gula, Dean Kudich, Kay Marcus, Chris Martin, Cynthia Olcott, Rich Pineda, Judy Plerhoples, Patt Staley, Paul Townsley, Stephen Voutsas, Jeff Williams, and Lauri Willson!
News You Can Use and Other Interesting Tidbits
Manatee County Hurricane Prep Expo
Manatee County Emergency Management, the sponsor of LWR CERT, is hosting their first annual Hurricane Preparedness Expo Thursday, March 5 from 3 - 8 PM at the Bradenton Area Convention Center. Admission is free and there will be door prizes, vendor booths, entertainment and giveaways.

On a mission
At their February Board meeting, the Board of Directors approved a mission statement for LWR CERT:
The mission of Lakewood Ranch CERT is to educate our neighbors about disaster preparedness and to train and equip our volunteers to provide basic disaster response until professional first responders arrive. 
Upcoming LWR CERT Meetings and Training
Meetings take place at LWR Town Hall unless otherwise noted and are open to all members

LWR 101  - Thursday, March 12 at 4 PM at LWR Golf & Country Club.
Basic Training Course - begins March 19. Also meets March 21 and March 24. Concludes March 28 with new member graduation. See www.lwrcert.org/join for details.
PUBLIC Session: Pet Emergencies and Preparation - Saturday, April 25 at 9 AM. RSVP requested.
2020 LWR CERT Executive Committee

President - Jim Emanuelson
Vice President - Jan Kuhn
Treasurer - Pat Knowles
Liaison - Deb Diven
Newsletter Editor - Karen Emanuelson, Communications Manager

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