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November 2012

Issue: 03





Here’s what cutomers have to say about
TERT Clothing

“I didn’t realize they were embroidered! You can’t imagine how pleased I am. I will be announcing your companies name at our TERT APCO Convention in Daytona next month! I sent your link to the State Coordinator. You can expect orders from her as well.”

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FrankenStorm may meet FrankenTERT

THIS JUST IN…

Downstate areas of Long Island and NYC have sustained major damage. From Monroe to Nassau and Suffolk Counties on Long Island for swift water rescue and other storm related activity-it is about 400 miles and normally about a 6 hour drive but took them 10 hours to get there. NYC is pretty bad there are widespread power outages and telecommunications outages.  It could be weeks before restoration for parts of the city.

In Queens over 111 houses burned down due to an underground electrical fire.  Firefighters could not get there due to 6 foot flood waters.  Almost all subways and transportation tunnels are under water.  They are pumping them out but don’t know what kind of damage is being done by the salt water.  They expect lasting effects from that.  No estimates yet on subway restoration and to put it in perspective the subways move 5 million people a day so the city is in total grid lock.
They lost thousands of taxi cabs that were under water where they are   all parked so no taxis are available to move people either.

Photo by Charles Sykes, AP.

They are rescuing people from roofs using the Coast Guard and National Guard. The National Guard has been activated and called up due to the size of the impacted area. New Jersey is as bad or worse.

Anticipating TERT deployments. Many of the folks in the Long Island area have personal impact on their houses etc and have been at work non-stop.  One of the challenges which is interesting is the storm impacted so many places in NY we have less people in state for deployment.  So a chance for out of state assistance needed could arise.  The flip side or good news is NYC is so big and has so many people working 911 they pretty much never need outside help so they are doing OK so far…

STAY TUNED

Welcome new State Coordinators

Connecticut Nevada
Kevin Webb
Communications Manager
Litchfield County Dispatch
Kariann Beechler, M.S., CEM
Emergency Preparedness and
 Safety Coordinator
 Reno Emergency Communications
Georgia South Carolina
Brian E. Burgamy
Deputy Director,
Greene County
Melissa Thompson
Director
Dillon County GIS
Washington
Kentucky Washington
Joyce Waddle
Telecommunications Supervisor  
Kentucky State Police Post 8 
Cory James
Supervisor
Norcom,Bellevue 

 

NJTI Facebook

Stop by the new National Joint TERT Initiative (NJTI) page on Facebook, give it a “LIKE”, and tell your colleagues about it! Click on the links below to follow TERT news, comment, view pictures, and more!

NJTI Facebook

States with TERT Facebook

Arkansas Facebook

Florida Facebook

New York Facebook

Tennessee Facebook

Texas Facebook

 

What’s happening in your state 

Click here to get the latest TERT news from every state

Arkansas

Arkansas TERT has their database started. We are in the process of collecting all the individual certificates to keep on file. We now have our Arkansas TERT Facebook page up and running.

Arkansas will begin planning and scheduling Basic TERT Courses & Team Leader Courses after the beginning of the year.

We are finalizing things with our State Emergency Management reference MOUs. Hopefully in the next few months we will be considered a Deployable state!

Arkansas is still currently looking for Regional Reps as well.

Arkansas has now used the NJTI TERT banners 2 times. They are great! Easy set up! The last location we used the TERT banners was at the Arkansas Interoperability Conference. When people saw the banners they were immediately drawn to the APCO table set up and we made a lot of contacts about APCO and NJTI TERT both. Hope everyone else has the same great response while using the banners! 

Kansas

Kansas trained 18 new TERT Members and 4 Team Leaders in conjunction with the Kansas APCO fall conference in Topeka, KS on October 14 & 15, 2012. This brings our total team members to 68, 29 or which are Team Leaders or Supervisors.

Nevada

Nevada just finished two introductory TERT Classes, 9/25/12 in Las Vegas and 10/16/12 in Reno. New state coordinator Kariann Bechler, M.S., CEM needs to hear from all Nevada TERT members who have been through previous training (before the classes mentioned above) to update their contact information and discuss their agency’s satus. Please be sure to contact him at beechlerk@reno.gov

New York 

Newest TERT Team Leaders


The following people attended TERT Team Leader training at the Emergency Communications Department in Rochester, NY (Monroe County). All attendees successfully completed the training and achieved TERT Team Leader status. The class was instructed by D. Jeremy DeMar, RPL, ENP, a Communications Response Team (CRT) Supervisor from the Emergency Communications Department in Monroe County.














Name County Name County
Daniel Rieks   Genesee  Jefferey Edwards Ontario
Tina Goodwin   Steuben   Phil Jakubowski  Monroe
Andrew Campbell  Yates   Thomas Mills  Monroe
Michael Chapman Yates   Bob McElligott  Monroe
James R. Leonard III  Seneca    Tina Carson   Monroe
Steven Farnsworth  Seneca  Marty Kester  Monroe
Sandy Yates    Oneida  Vicki Vanhalle  Monroe
Ed Pavlot    Oneida  Alice Morgan   Lewis
Frank McFall   Oneida   Michelle Widrick Lewis
Kip Biddle    Livingston  Dennis Kupiec  Allegany
Wendy Morris   Livingston  Randy Swarthout Allegany
Michael J. Bradley   Livingston  Kenneth Cottrell  Allegany

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On July 27, 2012, APCO’s Executive Committee appointed Monroe County 911 Supervisor D. Jeremy DeMar, RPL, ENP to the NJTI Board for APCO.

North Carolina

NC TERT held an Introduction to NC TERT Class at our joint NC NENA/APCO State Conference in early September. We had 24 attendees and each participate was instructed to go to the Emergency Management Institute web site to take the on-line course after hearing about our continuing efforts concerning NC TERT.

We also have a new person to assist me in my duties as the state coordinator. Over the next year I’ll be assisted by Gary Ellington with Guilford Metro 911 in Greensboro, N.C. Our goal is to have Gary completely up to date on everything involving NC TERT by the end of 2013 as I’ll be saying goodbye to a public safety career that’s lasted over 30 years.

Jesse Creech, ENP

Oklahoma

Oklahoma is out of the “stalled” category.  I talked with Oklahoma Emergency Management a couple of weeks ago and the way our State Statutes are written we have an Automatic Interstate and Intrastate Mutual Aid Compact. EM has acknowledged our program and are aware that we will be building these local teams.  There are still hurdles to climb but we are moving forward.  Oklahoma Chapter of NENA and APCO are fully committed to the team and the concept.  We have formed an Advisory Board and our first meeting will be October 30th. At our State APCO/NENA conference last week our class was full of those interested in TERT.

Tennessee  

Preparation is the key ingredient to successful to TERT team participation.  That was the message TERT team members shared with more than 400 public safety dispatchers at the Tennessee Emergency Number Association Conference in September.  TERT Course Instructor Christine Burke (Hamilton County 9-1-1, Chattanooga, Tenn.) led the TERT Awareness session, encouraging interested dispatchers to complete FEMA’s newest TERT course online – IS-144 “Telecommunicators Emergency Response Taskforce Basic”.  Burke also pointed out inexpensive and useful items to pack in a “go bag” dispatchers can quickly grab and carry on a deployment.  TERT team members from across the state of Tennessee staffed a booth at the vendor hall as well, distributing helpful handouts and information.  Along with information, the booth featured banners provided by the North Central Texas Regional TERT Team.  Thanks to Sherry Decker for sharing such an informative and attractive display.

Texas

Below is a letter of thanks from APCO International President Terry Hall regarding the Texas TERT Response Group deployment during Hurricane Isaac. 

Dear Texas TERT Response Group c/o Sherry Decker:

On behalf of the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International I extend our congratulations on the success of your first state-to-state deployment during Hurricane Isaac. Your aid to the PSAP in St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana did not go unnoticed.  

We appreciate the hard work and courage it takes to put oneself on the front line during a crisis. Natural disasters are never welcomed but we are grateful to have colleagues like you to step in and support when relief is needed.

Best wishes for your continued success.

Sincerely,

Terry Hall

President

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* IMPORTANT- After taking the IS-144, TERT members in the state of Texas must report it to Laura Litzerman at llitzerman@nctcog.org. If you do not send her a copy of your certificate you will not be eligible to deploy. Along with your certificate please include  verification of the prerequisites; located on http://www.tx-tert.org/ under the training schedule; their agency, 24 hour phone cotact #, both personal and work emails.

If you are a TERT Member in Texas and have not been contacted by NCTCOG staff in regards to updating your contact information, please be sure to contact Laura Litzerman (email above) with your information. NCTCOG requires both personal and work email; 24 hour phone number from all TERT members. You must also report any additional TERT classes you have taken so that your information may be updated.

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NCTR-TERT Steering Board meeting took place at the NCTCOG on 10/24/12. View the minutes below for a recap of what was discussed.

Minutes

 

Training

TERT Basic Awareness Class

Date: November 2, 2012

Location: Emergency Communications Department (City of Rochester/County of Monroe) NY.

TERT Team Leader

Date: November 8, 2012

Location: Santa Rosa County Florida, located in the panhandle of Florida.

TERT Basic & Team Leader

Date: November 12 & 13, 2012

Location: Washington State- Criminal Justice Institute. Hosted by WS TERT Committee Chair: Cory Ahrens.

TERT Basic Awareness Class

Date: November 13, and 14, 2012

Location: Westchester County Emergency Services, Valhalla, NY.

Look for upcoming training in November for Clark County, Nevada.

Upcoming Training

TERT Basic Awareness Class

Date: December 6, 2012

Location: Warren County Emergency Communications, Lake George, NY

TERT Team Leader

Date: December 7, 2012

Location: Warren County Emergency Communications, Lake George, NY

FEMA

Notice to Applicants for FY 2013 NFA or EMI Courses

To reduce the risk of identity theft, FEMA, the National Fire Academy (NFA), and the Emergency Management Institute (EMI) are eliminating the use of the Social Security Number (SSN), where possible. One of those areas is when applying for any NFA or EMI training.

Who is affected? Anyone applying for any of the courses listed below delivered on or after October 1, 2012.

  1. All NFA courses including State-sponsored courses
  2. EMI courses at the National Emergency Training Center (NETC), at the Noble Training Facility (NTF), or in the field (L courses).

What do I need to do? Obtain a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number if you do not already have one from the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

How do I obtain my FEMA Student Identification (SID) number?
Step 1: To register, go to https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid

Step 2: Click on the “Need a FEMA SID” box on the right side of the screen.
Step 3: Follow the instructions and provide the necessary information to create your account.
Step 4: You will receive an email with your SID number. You should save this number in a secure location.

What do I do with this new SID number I’ve been assigned?
The SID number must be used in place of the SSN on your General Admissions Application (FEMA Form 119-25-1, Box 3) and the General Admissions Application Short Form (FEMA Form 119-25-2,Box 3) for any courses that begin on or after October 1, 2012.

Why is it important to register and obtain an SID?
Applications for any NFA or EMI courses that begin on or after October 1, 2012, and do not include the training registration number will not be processed until the FEMA SID is provided to NETC Admissions.

TERT-BASIC AWARENESS ON-LINE 

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This course will allow Telecommunicators to:

  • Recognize the importance of adequate preparation in deploying to a disaster area.
  • Mentally prepare for deployment to a disaster area.
  • Physically prepare for deployment to a disaster area.
  • Describe the role of interpersonal communication in a disaster area.
  • Prepare to work as a telecommunicator in a disaster area.  

Display Panels

The items below are available for TERT related conferences. Shipping to your location will be free.The only cost to you will be the outgoing shipping you pay. For full explanation of procedures please refer to   Reserve TERT Accessories section above.

  Table top 

     99″ w X 87.5″ h     48″ w X 51.5″ h

TERT Panels at Conferences

TERT Panels in conferences 

“The displays worked great for the event. They attract the attention and then get people interested in the information about TERT.” – Brianna Fields

 

“Thanks to Sherry Decker for sharing such an informative and attractive display.” – TN state coordinator

 

“At our  State APCO/NENA conference last week our class was full of those interested in TERT” – OK state coordinator

 

Deployable States

14 Deployable       26 in Progress    9 inactive

 

5 minute TERT training  

TERT Acronyms: Word search 
















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 TERT Acronyms: What do they stand for?

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Committee
Members and Volunteers

Standard Committee Training Committee


Lynnette Doyal Christine Burke


Brian Burgamy Lisa Fulton


Linda Davis Linda Davis


Kimberely Burdick Jesse Creech


Cory James Brianna Fields


D.Jeremy DeMar D.Jeremy DeMar


Violet Anderson Diane Pickering


Legislative Committee Newsletter 


Brian Burgamy Lisa Fulton


Kimberely Burdick Alejandro Moreno


Conference and Booth Website


Lynnette Doyal Jim Tanner


Lisa Fulton D.Jeremy DeMar


Cozett Davis Brian Bergamy


Jim Tanner


Members/Database Committee


Christine Burke


Jim Tanner


Yolanda Callaway


Brianna Fields


Lena Gribb


Michele Blais


Violet Anderson


Cozett Davis



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