Newsletter August 2018

August CERT meeting – SKYWARN

  • Have you ever wondered why the schools close when they do for winter storms?
  • How does Chatham County decide when to close roads for ice or flooding?
  • Should I take shelter from that cloud on the horizon?

For these questions and more, get answers at the August CERT meeting. We are conducting SKYWARN training. Learn about weather! Will that cloud produce a tornado? How much flooding can I expect? How do I let someone know of hail or icing at my location? Weather impacts our lives every day. Come to the August CERT meeting and learn about weather, clouds, different types of precipitation, how to keep yourself safe and how to help your community. Our August instructor will be Virginia Enzor, the Central Carolina SKYWARN Emergency Coordinator. Check out the SKYWARN website at

Everyone is welcome at this special CERT meeting – bring a friend!

CERT August Meeting: SKYWARN
Date and Time: August 22, 2018 beginning at 6:30 PM.
Location: Chatham County Library, 197 NC Hwy 87 N Pittsboro, NC 27312
Click here for a map to the library.

CERT Membership Application

If you would like to become a member of the Chatham CERT, please fill out this application. Bring your application to the next CERT meeting or email it to Include a ‘selfie’ for your badge or we will can snap a picture at the next meeting.


Do you speak more than one language? We would like to develop a list of interpreters should the need arise. Please send your language abilities to

Chatham CERT Mission

For those of us who don’t yet have the Chatham CERT mission memorized, here it is:The Chatham Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) delivers education and training for Chatham County residents on emergency and disaster preparedness, and when activated, supports, to the extent of their training, Chatham County emergency response under the direction of Chatham County Emergency Management officials and local incident commanders.

CERT around the country

Valley Center CERT honored for 4th of July Activities
CERT at Montana State Fair
Helping Strongsville prepare
Temple CERT Firefighter Rehab
CERT helps with Central Iowa damage assessment
CERT assists with emergency survey in Hawaii
CERT helps with Search and Rescue

Update on ARES

Chatham CERT is going to be closely associated with ham radio emergency communications. ARES, or Amateur Radio Emergency Service is updating procedures for online reporting and standardized training. More details are here.

Another book for the CERT reading list

If you’d like a true story of an unfolding disaster, read Five Days at Memorial, by Sheri Fink. This tells the story of Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans during and after Hurricane Katrina. It is a ‘must read’ for anyone interested in emergency preparation and recovery.

Have a safe and prepared August!


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