Issue: 28
April 2015
In This Issue of NJTI

NJTI Panels
TERT Panels in conferences  

Reserve TERT Accessories



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Reservation Calendar


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Reserved For: 


TX-APCO/TX-NENA Joint Conference:

April 18-24, 2015


NENA Conference: June 27-July 2, 2015


APCO Conference: August 15-19, 2015


 APCO/NENA Chapter Conference June 22,2015 – June 26, 2015




Mission Statement

TERT Documents



Motivational Corner

The Success of Teamwork


Coming together is the beginning.

Keeping together is progress.

Working together is success.


~Henry Ford~



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Work Group

Quick Links

Message from the Editor

Thank you for reading this issue of the NJTI Newsletter. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or suggestions.

Cristina Cabrera
North Central Texas Council of Governments
616 Six Flags Drive, Centerpoint Three, Arlington, TX 76011
817-695-9155 ext: 7155


Is your TERT Team Prepared for

Bad Weather?


Unless you are a winter person, I think the majority of us can say Hello Spring!  With the coming of Spring means the coming of severe weather.  Here in Texas our state is well known for its severe weather conditions.  From flash flooding and droughts to tornadoes and even hurricanes, we Texans have seen it all.  To prepare for the upcoming severe weather season, utilize weather tools that are available to you.


The National Weather Service is an excellent source of information on all things weather related.  The Tornado/Severe Thunderstorm/Lightning section of the website provides safety tips on what to do when your area is affected by severe weather.  The Weather Channel website is another excellent source for information.  You can customize webpages to see your particular areas information and get up to date weather conditions, severe weather threats, and weather maps.


NOAA weather radios are good to have in the home or office.  Just like the weather related websites, these particular radios provide up to date information on weather conditions and can specifically be programed to notify you of severe weather when the internet or television is not an option. 


Amateur weather spotters are another source for information.  Local fire departments and volunteer fire departments have trained individuals that scout your local area when severe weather is coming.  Their information is provided to the weather professionals that update the public on possible threats.


Being prepared is strongly encouraged as we know the weather here in Texas can change at any minute.  The American Red Cross website provides people with information on what you can do to prepare for any type of emergency or weather related event. 


Take a few minutes to educate yourself on what steps you can take to better prepare for severe weather.  Technology has advanced throughout the years that allows for better storm predictions, tracking, and accuracy…but truly, Mother Nature is always unpredictable.


Jason Smith, ENP

TX NENA North Regional Coordinator

North Central Texas Regional TERT Team


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Request for Testimonials

Have you participated in a TERT Deployment? Send a brief Testimonial, to be featured in one of the monthly newsletters to 

National Joint TERT Initiative Facilitates Dispatcher Mutual Aid Teams

The National Joint TERT Initiative (NJTI) is a partnership between APCO and NENA that has worked to develop the many facets of a Telecommunicator Emergency Response Taskforce (TERT) program and to help states develop who do not yet have an active TERT program. TERT involves a comprehensive program that includes assistance to individual states in developing programs that would lead to the establishment of predetermined and selected trained teams of individuals who can be mobilized quickly and deployed to assist communications centers during disasters.   

TERT Certified Volunteers Needed for NJTI Booth at NENA Conference in Denver!

 Contact Jeremy DeMar if you’re interested (by e-mail, –


In need of 1 person at the booth at all times, however  preferred are two people at all times.


 Hours the booth is in operation:



June 29, 2015


10:00 am – 11:00 am

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

12:00pm – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 1:30 pm



June 30, 2015


10:30 am – 11:30 am

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm




What’s Happening in Your State?  






Jamie is a dispatcher from Pueblo, Colorado.  She volunteered to assist in a planned TERT deployment for Aspen, Colorado and the X games.  



Aspen X Games was my first TERT  call out and I would say it was a success! I joined TERT summer of 2013 and this was my first opportunity to help out in anyway so I really was not exactly sure what to expect and was very pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  The communication between all involved was great and made the trip a lot easier. The gals of Pitkin County were great they made me feel very welcome from the minute I got there.  The lodging was great they set me up in the basement of the Aspen North Fourty Fire Station just down the road from the IC. I figured going in the days would be long and they were but went by really fast and were very fun! It was an awesome experience for me because I got see and learn CAD in whole new way. It was very interesting to learn that both  agencies using the same system use it in  very different ways for the same outcome.  It was a great opportunity to network and learn not just about CAD but their training program and as a trainer I think it is always neat to see how other agencies train and learn from them. I was able to learn a lot and bring back with me many ideas to apply at my agency. It sounds like it was all work and for the most part it was but I did get a chance to have some fun too, I went to breakfast at the X Game sight which I thought was pretty cool, I also got a chance to go the event and be a spectator for a few hours and that was just awesome! It was a great pleasure to meet Cozett, Beth, and all of people that were working in the IC and a BIG THANK YOU to Ginny, Audra, Brittany, Dyani the gals of Pitkin County rocked! I look forward to my next TERT call out!




Upcoming Training





“Riding the Wave Into the Future” at the 2015 Florida APCO-NENA Training Conference
Team Leader- May 3-7, 2015 at the Daytona Beach Hilton

Pre-Conference Course – TERT Basic Awareness Training

Sunday, April 19, 2015

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Galveston Island Convention Center – Galleon II



Caspio is an online interactive database for TERT member training information.   TERT State Coordinators (or designee) input TERT Training Roster information after course completion. 


5 Minute Training

TERT Knowledge (use the “APCO/NENA ANS” Standard for TERT to answer the following questions)



See how well your TERT knowledge is!



By D. Jeremy DeMar, RPL, ENP, COML – NJTI Chair for APCO




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