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Las Vegas 51s welcome CERT

Want to enjoy America's pastime and learn more about CERT? Come out to Cashman Field on Tuesday, June 13th as the Las Vegas 51s take on the Sacramento River Cats. 

We will have a table set up in the concourse and can answer questions about the Community Emergency Response Team. 

Tickets can be purchased here.

We hope to see you at Cashman Field. 

North Las Vegas City Council honors CERT volunteers


The North Las Vegas City Council on May 3rd honored CERT volunteers for their efforts to help Nevada Task Force One in February.

Volunteers Kim Clark, Richard Moore (not pictured), Walt Niedzwiecki and Maggie (Loretta) Niedzwiecki mobilized to Nevada Task Force One's North Las Vegas headquarters, where they prepared equipment and checked in the task force's volunteers. Nevada Task Force One deployed to northern Nevada as flooding ravaged areas in Lemmon Valley near Reno. CERT volunteers were instrumental in helping the team deploy quickly.

"These folks are tremendous. They are citizens of North Las Vegas, and they answered the call on very short notice," said North Las Vegas Emergency Manager Carlito Reyos. "These folks are not first responders, but they are the helpers for the first responders. These guys were trying to get out the door nine hours to the north to help our neighbors in northern Nevada, who were experiencing tremendous flooding. They couldn't have gotten out the door without these folks."

Watch the North Las Vegas City Council honor the CERT volunteers here.

Read the Las Vegas Review Journal's story about the volunteers' efforts here.

CERT featured in local news media


If you saw the Southern Nevada Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) featured in local news media on April 1st, it wasn't an April Fool's joke; it was a chance to shine the spotlight on an important resource in the community.

Both Channel 3 News and the Las Vegas Review Journal came to the CERT course offered in North Las Vegas on April 1st.

Channel 3 News Reporter Kyndell Nunley spoke with CERT Program Specialist Mary Camin, North Las Vegas Emergency Manager Carlito Rayos and a few of the students attending the course about the importance of CERT.

Las Vegas Review Journal photojournalist Gabriella Benavidez, meanwhile, captured pictures of students as they practiced medical response techniques.

The course was timely given the wind storm that struck the Las Vegas valley on March 30th, which caused significant damage to several areas. During extreme weather events, first responders may not arrive to a scene quickly. CERT helps prepare people to provide first aid or extinguish small fires before emergency responders arrive.

If you have questions about the Southern Nevada CERT program, contact Mary Camin at mcamin@lasvegasnevada.gov.

Learn emergency response skills in May


Have you ever wanted to learn how to prepare for disasters, administer basic first aid and put out fires? The Southern Nevada Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) can help through free training.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) and Southern Nevada CERT are offering two free CERT courses in May.

The first six-week course runs every Tuesday, May 2nd to June 6th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at LVMPD Headquarters, 400 S. Martin Luther King Boulevard.

The second two-day course takes place May 20th to 21st at the city of Las Vegas Emergency Operations Center, 7551 Sauer Drive.

Both courses are open to the public. Those interested do not need to attend both courses to receive certificates of completion, however, advance registration is required.

Anyone with questions about CERT can contact Mary Camin at 702-229-0076 or via e-mail at mcamin@lasvegasnevada.gov.

Free CERT training in April


If an emergency or disaster happens in your neighborhood, are you prepared to help yourself, your family or your neighbors? The Southern Nevada Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) can help through free training.

The City of North Las Vegas and Southern Nevada CERT are joining forces to offer a free CERT course April 1st - 2nd.

The two-day course will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the North Las Vegas Fire Administration Building at 4040 Losee Road. This course is open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Anyone with questions about CERT can contact CERT Program Specialist Mary Camin at mcamin@lasvegasnevada.gov.

CERT Featured on News 3 at 11


Do you know how to extinguish small fires in your home? That was the question asked on News 3 at 11 p.m. March 2nd in a story featuring the CERT program.

News 3 reporter Christy Wilcox spoke with Southern Nevada CERT Program Specialist Mary Camin, instructor William Way and a handful of students about the benefits of attending a CERT course. Wilcox herself even tried her hand at the fire pan, which trains students on fire suppression.

Special thanks to News 3 for the opportunity to discuss the CERT program. You can watch the story here.

If you have questions about CERT, contact Mary Camin at mcamin@lasvegasnevada.gov.

Clark County Congratulates Moapa CERT Graduates


The Clark County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) is extending its congratulations to six people who graduated from the CERT program February 28th.

The six students; James Reilly, Brian Burris, Kathryn Martel, Janelle Foster, Linette Graham and Dave Graham; completed the free CERT course in Moapa Valley.

Clark County OEM Preparedness & Recovery Coordinator Misty Richardson said in a statement:

"We continue to be in awe of the time and commitment these volunteers make so that they may best serve their families, neighbors and community during times of crisis.

This class represents the 2nd graduating class of CERT volunteers in the Moapa Valley area in over 11 years. Although this class was small, it was mighty, and we managed to receive commitments from all the graduates to participate in the deployable team of volunteers who may be utilized in times of disaster.

Our intention remains the same: to call upon our rural partners to help take action when the need arises, and to further invest time and resources into this great group of people who we can now call our friends, as well as our partners."

Southern Nevada CERT congratulates all of the volunteers who successfully passed the course.

For more information on the CERT program, contact Mary Camin at mcamin@lasvegasnevada.gov.

Southern Nevada CERT Welcomes 16 New Graduates


The Southern Nevada CERT program welcomed 16 new graduates last week.

The 16 graduates attended the two-day CERT course at the Henderson Fire Training Center on February 25th and 26th.

Students learned about disaster preparedness, fire suppression and emergency medical response, among other topics.

City of Henderson Fire Department Chief Matthew Morris presented the graduates with their certificates of completion. Every student also received a free backpack filled with supplies.

Congratulations to all those who participated.

CERT Program Featured on KCLV-TV's City Beat

Viewers of KCLV-TV Channel 2, the city of Las Vegas television station, have the opportunity to learn more about the CERT program this week.

KCLV's Nancy Byrne is showcasing CERT on "City Beat" this week. During the segment, Byrne speaks with Southern Nevada CERT Program Specialist Mary Camin about the importance of CERT, how it helps first responders, and how people can sign up for the free course.

Watch the segment here

Free CERT course available in Las Vegas in March


The City of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada CERT are joining forces to offer a free course beginning in March.

The six-week course will take place Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. from March 1, 2017 through April 5, 2017 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Las Vegas Meadows Stake Center, 3200 N. Mustang Street, Las Vegas, NV 89108. The course is open to the public.

Anyone with questions can contact Mary Camin at 702-229-0076 or via e-mail at mcamin@lasvegasnevada.gov.

Free CERT course available in March


The City of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada CERT are joining forces to offer a free CERT course beginning in March.

The five-week course will take place Thursdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., from March 16, 2017 through April 20, 2017 at the Veterans Memorial Leisure Center at 101 Pavilion Center Drive, Las Vegas, NV 89144. There will not be a class on Thursday, April 13th. This course is open to the public.

Anyone with questions can contact Mary Camin at 702-229-0076 or via e-mail at mcamin@lasvegasnevada.gov.

CERT program featured on 8 News NOW Good Day


Viewers of 8 News NOW Good Day had the opportunity to learn more about the CERT program.

CERT Program Specialist Mary Camin and City of Henderson Emergency Management Training and Exercise Coordinator Jeremy Hynds sat down with 8 News NOW Anchor Kirsten Joyce on February 14th. 

The interview discussed the importance of the CERT program for community preparedness, as well as the upcoming course in Henderson.

Watch the entire interview here.

If you have questions about the CERT program, contact Mary Camin at mcamin@lasvegasnevada.gov.

Free CERT Course Available in Henderson

The City of Henderson and Southern Nevada CERT are joining forces to offer a free CERT course in February.

The two-day course will take place Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Henderson Fire Training Center, 401 Parkson Road, Henderson, NV 89011. The course is open to the public.

Anyone with questions can contact Mary Camin at 702-229-0076 or via e-mail at mcamin@lasvegasnevada.gov.

CERT Inaugural Round Robin Exercise

On May 2, 2015, we had our inaugural CERT Round Robin exercise for our CERT members.  It was a fun day and gave everyone the opportunity to refresh their skills! 

We hope to do this again in the fall and look forward to having you all join us.

Below are some pictures from the exercise.

Thank you to all those that participated!  
 
Fire Extinguisher Training

Utilities Inspection

BBQ Inspection

Medical Operations 1

Medical Operations 2


 
 

Compliments for our Volunteers from Taskforce 1

This e-mail was received by us after our volunteers participated in a FEMA Search & Rescue drill held by Nevada Taskforce 1:
 

I hope the reports you receive from your volunteers were positive. From our perspective, they were just what the doctor ordered. They were all here early, attentive to our pre-briefings and made for a very realistic evening for our Responders who were going through the training.

 

Please convey our total appreciation for their efforts and willingness to help us out on a cold, windy evening out in the dark.

 

We look forward to working with them all again in the future. Next time I will try to give you just a little more advanced notice.

 

Tom Petrakis

On behalf of:

Nevada Task Force One


A Thank you for our Volunteers

I received this email from Michelle at IAEM expressing her thanks for all the help from our CERT volunteers.
 

Thank you to all of you and the volunteers you provided to help fill the registration bags for the IAEM Annual Conference. Your volunteers were some of the best I have ever had assist, and we were done in a record amount of time. We couldn’t have done it without you all.

 

Michelle

Michelle Savoie

International Association of Emergency Managers-USA

201 Park Washington Ct.

Falls Church, VA 22046

703-538-1795 x1786

msavoie@iaem.com

www.iaem.com and www.emex.org

 

We would also like to express our thanks to all of our volunteers that helped out with the Rock and Roll Marathon. These functions could not run nearly as well without your help! Thanks so much for your time and effort!

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