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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.
Beginning September 27
18:30 - 21:30

2017 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 2017 Fall CERT course description to learn more about the training.
5th Saturday Drill
Sept. 30
09:00 - 12:00 

Issaquah Communication and Support Team (ICaST) Exercises (5th Saturday Drill) - Join Issaquah and surrounding area Hams for an organized exercise designed to put into practice skills learned in CERT and other related training.  Exercises will be during the months with a fifth Saturday and for 2017, there are two remaining such days on Sept. 30 and Dec. 30.  Drills will be conducted from 09:00 to 12:00. 

Although unconfirmed, the scheduled 5th Saturday Drill may be combined with the Flood Flyer and Radio exercise and moved to October 21 to improve coordination between CERTs and ICaST.  Stay tuned for more details.
October 3
(Tuesday)
18:30 - 21:00

Rapid Impact Survey Training
- The RIS training for October 3 has been cancelled.  For more information, please contact Brenda Bramwell.
October 7 & 8
10:00 - 18:00

Salmon Days
- ICC volunteers host a booth to showcase the CERT programs 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.  To sign up, simply click on any or all of the dates below and choose convenient times.  CERTs can also contact Bill Merritt for more information.

                Oct. 6 - click here to volunteer to set up the booth for the weekend from 18:00 to 19:00.
                Oct. 7 - click here to volunteer for one of three shifts from 9:00 to 18:00.
                Oct. 8 - click here to volunteer for one of three shifts from 9:00 to 18:00.

For more information, please contact Bill Merritt

Event Location:
Downtown Issaquah
Fish Hatchery
Issaquah, WA 98027 
October 21
(Saturday)

09:00 - 12:00

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 is in the planning phase 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.  Although unconfirmed, the scheduled 5th Saturday Drill may be combined with the Flood Flyer and Radio exercise to improve coordination between CERTs and ICaST.  Stay tuned for more details.

All CERT and MRC volunteers are encouraged to participate.  Please mark your calendars and contact Bruce Wendt to sign up.

Event Location:
City of Issaquah Public Works
Training Room
670 1st Ave. NE
Issaquah, WA 98027

Late Fall (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 
November 11
18:30 - 21:00

FAST Training
- Learn the essentials of Functional Assessment Service Teams (FASTs) who will help assess people with access and functional needs and assist them by getting what they need to stay in a shelter.  FASTs work with emergency shelter personnel to conduct assessments for people with access and functional needs in community and American Red Cross emergency shelters.  FASTs are deployed as the shelters open and work until no longer needed, or they may support several shelters.

VRC Training - During disasters, volunteers spontaneously arrive with the desire to help those that are affected.  While this is very much appreciated, it can be overwhelming to first responders.  The purpose of the Volunteer Reception Center (VRC) is to develop skills and protocol for recruiting and managing volunteers to help fill the needs of response agencies, community partners and local stakeholders.  By directing arriving volunteers through the VRC, they are processed and matched in the most efficient way possible.  Since the VRC is a central point of contact for all volunteers and those needing volunteers, urgent staffing needs can be quickly addressed.

To register for the class please contact Brenda Bramwell.

Class Location:
City of Issaquah Public Works
Training Room
670 1st Ave. NE
Issaquah, WA 98027  
November 18
(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.  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.  RSVP to: Bill Merritt - bill@meritemergency.com.

Class Location:
City of Issaquah Public Works
Training Room
670 1st Ave. NE
Issaquah, WA 98027
December
2 & 9
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 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 joe.decuir@gmail.com (KF7BMD).

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

 

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