Volunteers Needed: CERT Exercise Thursday 24 October 2019

Post date: Oct 21, 2019 1:31:09 PM

Franklin County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is conducting an exercise and is in need of volunteers as follows:

    • Radio Operators
    • Victim Players

When: Thursday 24 October 2019 from 1800-2200 (6-10p)

Where: Blendon Woods MetroPark ~ 4265 East Dublin-Granville Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43081

Contact KD8TTE by noon Thursday if you want to participate. Do not arrive without first being confirmed.

Radio Operators: Radio operators are needed to be positioned with CERT and to relay information back to the Incident Command Post (ICP) in the field, as well as from the ICP to the Assessment Center at Franklin County Emergency Management & Homeland Security. Ideally radio operators should be CERT qualified and carry certificates for FEMA/EMI IS 100, 200, 700, 800, and 802. If you're volunteering as a radio operator, please indicate which of those qualifications you carry.

Victim Players: We also need volunteers to play the role of victims. You'll get moulage (injury makeup) and need to act out symptoms as described to you by exercise controllers.

The activity will involve multiple teams of graduating CERT volunteers, working with live "victims," conducting damage assessment, field assessment and transportation of victims to treatment, fire fighting, utility control, search and rescue markings, and cribbing.

Communication will be particularly important to ensure that the Incident Commander on scene and Area Command back at the Assessment Center have a current and complete operating picture. Expect to operate simplex from HTs and to work from an ICS-205, to relay tactical traffic, and to record activity on forms like the ICS 214.

If you want to participate in either capacity contact KD8TTE at kd8tte@arrl.net by noon Thursday. You'll need to be confirmed ahead of time to participate.