Our May meeting was sparsely populated due to lots of our members going on vacation, but we forged ahead anyway!
The TEAM PHOTO scheduled for the May 2, 2023 meeting will be rescheduled to the August 8, 2023 meeting!
One of the MOST important things the Camden County, MO Emergency Management Agency and, by extension, the Camden County, MO Community Emergency Response Team can do is upkeep equipment needed in disasters and upkeep and refresh our training!
Armed with the inventory list compiled by Assistant Coordinator Ranita Jones and a team of helpful CERT members, we tackled a resource which has not been used much, thankfully. We had to cycle out old chainsaw gas mix, expired resources, and compile a list of things that needed to be done on or to the trailer, along with a list of resources which needed to be added or replaced. We also had to rethink the possible use of the trailer in large-scale emergency situations, taking into consideration that practices, training, and laws have changed a lot in the past ten years.
Luckily, the equipment we need to place on or dedicate to the trailer is relatively inexpensive and most of the other items we have a supply of at the EMA. This makes life a lot easier.
We will be rolling out both the CERT Equipment Trailer (the red one) and the CERT Rehab Trailer (white one not pictured in this article but at all events last year!) around the lake area throughout the summer to show people what CERT does and let them know how they can get involved!
The CERTs also helped check and adjust air pressure in the trucks and equipment housed at the EMA. This is crucial because when we deploy, it could be sudden and the equipment must remain in a state of readiness at all times!