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2018 Training & Events

On going FEMA Distance Learning - The Emergency Management Institute (EMI) offers self-paced courses designed for people who have emergency management responsibilities and the general public. All are offered free-of-charge to those who qualify for enrollment.

Click here to go to FEMA EMI Distance Learning

IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100
IS-200.B: ICS for Single Resources and Initial Action Incidents
IS-317: Introduction to Community Emergency Response Teams
IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (MINS), An Introduction
IS-800.B: National Response Framework, An Introduction

ICC Board Meetings - Open to the public on the 4th Tuesday of each month (7:00 to 9:00 pm) in the Issaquah Public Works Training Room.  Learn more.

Local Ham Nets - Local amateur radio clubs have set up communication nets for members to talk to one another. This provides a convenient way to learn and practice to become more efficient in radio communication.  Learn more
February 24
8:30 to 13:00

Chainsaw Class
- Chainsaws can be essential after wind storms and earthquakes.  Issaquah Citizen Corps will sponsor a course, taught by Marc Pitzen with the City of Issaquah, designed to demonstrate safety and skills when using a chainsaw. There will be a maximum of 15 students - a sign-up link should be available soon. 

Class Location:
Issaquah Public Works Operations

670 1st Ave. NE
Issaquah, WA 98027 
February 24
4 shifts 8:00 to 15:00 

Health and Safety Preparedness Fair
- Issaquah Citizen Corps sponsors a booth at the annual Issaquah Health and Safety Fair at Pickering barn from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm to increase public awareness of the need for emergency and disaster preparedness.  CERTs can help by volunteering at the ICC booth for one of four shifts from 8:00 to 16:00 (sign-up link will be available soon).  CERTs can also contact Kumar Kannadiapalayam for more information.

Location:
Pickering Barn

1730 10th Ave. NW
Issaquah, WA 98027 
March 10
(Saturday)
09:00 to 15:00

March 17
(Saturday)
09:00 to 15:00

First Aid / AED / CPR Training
– Merit Emergency will be conducting training for ICC members who wish to get a current, 2-year ASHI, American Health and Safety, completion card and a training pocket guide.  Two classes will be offered during March - the first on March 10, the second on March 17.  A current card is not required unless you are registered as an emergency worker with the city of Issaquah.  Cost for class is $35.00 payable at the class or on a secure web site at www.meritemergency.com.

Number of students is limited to 20 on a first come - first serve basis.  Register with Bill Merritt

Class Location (both days):
Issaquah City Hall
Eagle Room
130 E. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027 
Begins
March 14
Wed. evenings
18:30 - 21:30

2018 Spring CERT Training
- Learn the basics of Community Emergency Response Teams in our 8-week course.  Each week, a different subject will be presented with a day-long exercise at the end to put your new learnings to work.  See the 2017 Fall CERT course description to learn more about the training.
Spring
(TBD)
9:00 - 12:00

Generator Safety and Basic Operation Class 
- Generators are excellent resources during and after a disaster to keep your family comfortable.  They can, however, be dangerous to operate and to linemen if not connected appropriately.  Issaquah Citizen Corps will offer a course covering the following:
 
     1.  Overview of generator types, fuel types, accessories and proper power distribution
     2.  Basic principles for operating generators safely and effectively as portable power
     3.  Basic maintenance procedures

Email Mike Crossley to register or if you have questions.

Class Location:
Issaquah Public Works Operations
670 1st Ave. NE
Issaquah, WA 98027  
Late Spring
 (TBD)
Full Day

Mass Care Support (Shelter) Team
- Issaquah CERT is improving our support of emergency shelters for disaster response. This includes both human shelters and pet shelters. A first step is to train a core of volunteers to staff and operate shelters.  This Shelter Operations Training will be facilitated by the American Red Cross.

Taking the training does not commit anyone to serving; it just qualifies you for it. In an actual disaster we always expect people to take care of their own families before supporting the relief of others in the community.  It, therefore, makes sense to train a lot more people than we might need, because, clearly, not everyone would be available. You do not have to be a trained CERT member to take the shelter training, and you can choose not to volunteer at any time. Our experience is that these kinds of training classes are well-presented, interesting, not difficult, and attended by an interesting and diverse population.  

The Issaquah Community Center is a designated emergency shelter, but there may be others closer to where you live and this training qualifies you to volunteer there too.  We emphasize that there is no commitment involved, and taking the training means that you will be qualified to assist should you choose to do so.

To register for the class please contact Brenda Bramwell.

Class Location:
Issaquah Senior Center
75 NE Creek Way
Issaquah, WA 98027 
March 31
(Saturday)
9:00- 17:00

Rapid Impact Survey Exercise
- The RIS exercise is a full-scale event on March 31, Saturday, from 9:00-17:00.  Start off point is from your neighborhood but we will all convene in the end at Issaquah Public Works Operations. CERTs and MRCs will drive the RIS routes, document and report simulated damages to the Issaquah Communications Support Team using various means of communications in the ICaST 5th Saturday drill.  Everyone is invited to participate, whether you are new or an old-timer with RIS.

Old and new CERTs are welcome!  A contact for registration will be added soon.

Exercise Location:
City of Issaquah Public Works
670 1st Ave. NE
Issaquah, WA 98027
April 7
(Saturday)
09:00 - 12:00

Rapid Impact Survey Training
- Rapid Impact Survey (RIS) Training is one way by which volunteers can help after disaster strikes. You will learn to observe damage to predetermined buildings and infrastructures and make critical situation reports back to the City via the best communication system you have available at the time.  The Rapid Impact Survey (RIS) is intended to quickly provide the City of Issaquah emergency response system or the Incident Management Team (IMT) with an overview of impacts from an event affecting life, and public and private properties.

To register for the RIS class please contact Brenda Bramwell.  Old and new CERTs are welcome!

Class Location:
City of Issaquah Public Works
Training Room
670 1st Ave. NE
Issaquah, WA 98027
May 12 & 19
9:00 - 17:00

HAM Radio Technician Class - The Issaquah Amateur Radio Club (IARC) will sponsor a course to help you get your Technician, General or Extra level amateur radio license.  The course will be in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall (near the entrance to the police station) on two consecutive Saturdays.  Both days tend to be full, and will go from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with a break for lunch. 

At 3:00 pm on the second Saturday you will take the licensing test, which takes about half an hour.  It is immediately graded and you will know the results before you leave.  Note that tests for the General and Extra classes will also be available and immediately graded.  All tests are covered by a single $15.00 fee, which will be collected at the beginning of the testing session.

Issaquah Amateur Radio Club (IARC) will have important information that attendees need to read.  Please visit their website, http://www.w7bi.com, for details as they become available.

To register for the class please contact Dan Stevens, KL7WM@aol.com or Joe Decuir (KF7BMD).

Class Location:
Issaquah City Hall
Eagle Room
130 E. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027 
June 23
July 14
July 28
August 11
August 18
Sept. 8
All days - 3 shifts 8:00 - 14:30

Farmers Market
- Issaquah Citizen Corps sponsors a booth at the Issaquah Farmers Market at Pickering Barn each summer to increase public awareness of the need for emergency and disaster preparedness.  CERTs can help by volunteering at the ICC booth.  To sign up, simply click on any or all of the dates below and choose convenient times.  CERTs can also contact Kumar Kannadiapalayam for more information.

                June 23 - link to volunteer for one of three shifts from 8:00 to 14:30 will be available in late Spring.
                July 14 - link to volunteer for one of three shifts from 8:00 to 14:30 will be available in late Spring.
                July 28 - link to volunteer for one of three shifts from 8:00 to 14:30 will be available in late Spring.
                Aug. 11 - link to volunteer for one of three shifts from 8:00 to 14:30 will be available in late Spring.
                Aug. 18 - link to volunteer for one of three shifts from 8:00 to 14:30 will be available in late Spring.
                Sept. 8 - link to volunteer for one of three shifts from 8:00 to 14:30 will be available in late Spring.
June 23 & 24
Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day
- On the third weekend of June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation.  It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

Issaquah Communication and Support Team (ICaST) participates in the ARRL Field Day at the Luther Burbank park on Mercer Island.  All are invited to attend, either in person or by radio, to see, learn and discuss radio technology.  Even if you don't have a license, you can get on the radio and talk to other people from around the world.  Activities typically begin at 10:00 am on Saturday and continue through 11:00 am the following morning.  Field Day concludes at noon on Sunday.

For more information from ARRL, visit their website at http://www.arrl.org/field-day.

Event Location:
Luther Burbank Park
Mercer Island, WA 98040  
July 4
10:00 - 15:00 

Heritage Day
- Issaquah's Down Home 4th of July & Heritage Day is a summertime tradition.  Every Independence Day, folks gather for old-fashioned fun: a parade, games and more!  

Issaquah Citizen Corps will have a booth at this event to increase public awareness for emergency and disaster preparedness.  CERTs can help by volunteering at the ICC booth (link to volunteer will be available in late Spring) for one of two shifts from 10:00 to 15:00.  CERTs can contact Kumar Kannadiapalayam for more information. 

Event Location:
Veteran's Memorial Field
140 E Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027  
August 1
17:00 - 19:00 

National Night Out
- You're invited as the Issaquah Police Department hosts a National Night Out celebration!  Join and meet our police for free food, music and activities.  National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign to promote police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie. 

Issaquah Citizen Corps will have a booth at this event to increase public awareness for emergency and disaster preparedness.  CERTs can help by volunteering at the ICC booth (link to volunteer will be available in late Spring) for one of two shifts from 16:00 to 21:00.  CERTs can contact Kumar Kannadiapalayam for more information. 

Event Location:
Issaquah Police Department
130 E Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027  
August 26
3 shifts 10:30 to 16:30 

Highlands Day
- Issaquah Citizen Corps sponsors a booth at the Issaquah Highlands Day celebration from noon to 4:00 pm near Blakely Hall each summer to increase public awareness of the need for emergency and disaster preparedness.  CERTs can help by volunteering at the ICC booth (link to volunteer will be available in early Summer) for one of three shifts from 10:30 to 16:30.  CERTs can also contact Kumar Kannadiapalayam for more information.

Event Location:
Blakely Hall, Issaquah Highlands
2550 NE Park Dr.
Issaquah, WA 98029
Begins
Sept. 20
Thur. evenings
18:30 - 21:30

2018 Fall CERT Training
- Learn the basics of Community Emergency Response Teams in our 8-week course.  Each week, a different subject will be presented with a day-long exercise at the end to put your new learnings to work.  See the 2018 Spring CERT course description to learn more about the training (content for both Spring and Fall is the same).
October 5 setup
18:00 - 21:00

October 6 & 7
8:00 - 19:00

Salmon Days
- ICC volunteers host a booth to showcase the CERT program at this two-day award-winning festival that celebrates the return of the salmon to their birth-waters.  Over 200,000 people consistently attend Salmon Days, and it is a key source of participants in the CERT training program. 

CERTs can help by volunteering at the ICC booth (link to volunteer will be available in early Summer) for set up on Friday (Oct. 5, 18:00 to 21:00) and/or one of three shifts on Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 6 and 7) from 8:00 to 19:00.  For more information, please contact Bill Merritt

Event Location:
Downtown Issaquah
Fish Hatchery
Issaquah, WA 98027 
October 20
(Saturday)
09:00 - 16:00

Flood Flyer Distribution and Radio Communication Exercise
- It is that time of year again when the Issaquah CERT and MRC volunteers distribute Flood Flyer brochures to the floodplain areas along the Issaquah Creek.  This activity is a component of the report submitted annually to FEMA documenting the City of Issaquah's progress in implementing its floodplain management plan and is a requirement of the Community Rating System (CRS).  A good CRS rating for the City results in reduced flood insurance premiums to City residents along the floodplain.  This annual activity helps our residents become resilient in a variety of ways, through education and awareness, preparedness, and lowered flood insurance.  

In addition, a radio communication exercise may be planned for CERTs and MRCs to practice using their FRS and HAM radios.  Different teams will be in different places, but will stay in contact with one another using the techniques learned in their training.  The scheduled 5th Saturday Drill (Sept.29) may be combined with the Flood Flyer radio exercise to improve coordination between CERTs, MRCs and ICaST.

All CERT and MRC volunteers are encouraged to participate.  Contact Bruce Wendt to sign up.

Event Location:
Issaquah City Hall
Eagle Room
130 E. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027
November 10
(Saturday)
09:00 to 15:00

November 17
(Saturday)
09:00 to 15:00

First Aid / AED / CPR Training
– Merit Emergency will be conducting training for ICC members who wish to get a current, 2-year ASHI, American Health and Safety, completion card and a training pocket guide.  Two classes will be offered during November - the first on Nov. 10, the second on Nov. 17.  A current card is not required unless you are registered as an emergency worker with the city of Issaquah.  Cost for class is $35.00 payable at the class or on a secure web site at www.meritemergency.com.

Number of students is limited to 20 on a first come - first serve basis.  Register with Bill Merritt.

Class Location (both days):
Issaquah City Hall
Eagle Room
130 E. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027 
Dec. 1 & 8
9:00 - 17:00

HAM Radio Technician Class - The Issaquah Amateur Radio Club (IARC) will sponsor a course in December, to help you get your Technician, General or Extra level amateur radio license.  The course will be in the Eagle Room at Issaquah City Hall (near the entrance to the police station) on two consecutive Saturdays.  Both days tend to be full, and will go from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm with a break for lunch. 

At 3:00 pm on the second Saturday you will take the licensing test, which takes about half an hour.  It is immediately graded and you will know the results before you leave.  Note that tests for the General and Extra classes will also be available and immediately graded.  All tests are covered by a single $15.00 fee, which will be collected at the beginning of the testing session.

Issaquah Amateur Radio Club (IARC) will have important information that attendees need to read.  Please visit their website, http://www.w7bi.com, for details as they become available.

To register for the class please contact Dan Stevens, KL7WM@aol.com or Joe Decuir (KF7BMD).

Class Location:
Issaquah City Hall
Eagle Room
130 E. Sunset Way
Issaquah, WA 98027 

 

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