National Joint TERT Initiative  


Issue: 25
October 2014
In This Issue of NJTI

NJTI Panels
TERT Panels in conferences  

Reserve TERT Accessories



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Reservation Calendar


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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
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Greetings everyone.


Temperatures are falling, leaves are changing, and the kids are back in school (YAY, oops, did I say that out loud?). Yes, autumn has arrived, and with it, your September/October newsletter for the National Joint TERT Initiative. One of the first things you’ll notice with this edition is that it represents two months instead of one. As you can imagine, the workload associated with putting together a publication of this type can be quite heavy. Cristina Cabrera, 9-1-1 Special Projects Intern with the North Central Texas Council of Governments has done a stellar job of creating, formatting, assembling, and distributing the monthly newsletter.  However, she has other responsibilities which keep her busy on a daily basis. Hopefully, switching to this bi-monthly format will take some of the pressure off of her, while increasing the amount of pertinent content for the reader.


Sherry and I had a very productive week in New Orleans during the 2014 APCO Annual Conference. Our NJTI booth inside the Expo Hall was a hit, allowing us to ‘meet and greet’ a large number of existing TERT members, as well as many who were curious about the initiative but weren’t currently active. I know we had a number of volunteers sign up to staff the booth in advance, and several who volunteered at the last minute in New Orleans, so I’ll thank all those who helped out without using any names, as I don’t want to leave anyone out. Thank you!


The NJTI Board met in New Orleans as well, and a conference bridge was made available to those who were unable to attend in person. (Thank you for the use of your phone Sherry!) Sherry and I also met with APCO First Vice President Lee, APCO Immediate Past President Smith, NENA President Christy Williams, and NENA Immediate Past President Bernard ‘Buster’ Brown to go over the state of TERT, where we’ve been, and where we’re heading. The meeting went extremely well, and Sherry and I left knowing we have the full support of both APCO and NENA when it comes to the initiative.


By the time you read this newsletter, the NJTI Board will have met (by phone) and reviewed the five goals we’ve established for the initiative for 2014-’15. You’ll find those goals listed on the left hand side of this newsletter, and on each upcoming newsletter until the new NJTI year begins in the summer of 2015. If after reviewing these goals for the upcoming year you have an idea of how we should best approach meeting them, or you’d like to be involved in helping the initiative do so, please drop Sherry or I a line and let us know. We’d be thrilled to have you involved.  

I’d like to thank all of you for your ongoing commitment to furthering the efforts of the initiative, and for choosing to be a part of such an important program for our profession. Sherry and I know everyone is being asked to do more with less, and that your time is extremely valuable. We’re proud to have such a dedicated team of individuals to work with.


Serving you and the initiative,


Jeremy DeMar

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                      Request for Volunteers!



“NJTI needs your help! Hopefully you’ve had a chance to review the five goals we established for the initiative for 2014-’15. (If not, the goals are listed in this newsletter). As challenging as these goals are, we feel they are achievable, but only with the help of dedicated volunteers like you. Sometimes a simple idea or random input is all a project needs to be successful. Your input is what we’re looking for. Please take a moment to review the five goals of the initiative for 2014-’15 one more time. If you’ve never been part of a workgroup for APCO or NENA, working with NJTI would be a great way for you to get started. Get involved, contribute your knowledge, and weigh in on issues which will help to shape our industry. The National Joint TERT Initiative is all about helping our sisters and brothers in the profession, when they need it most. Be a part of it. Get involved. Join one of the five NJTI 2014-’15 Goal Workgroups today. ”



What’s Happening in Your State 



TX-TERT Welcomes

New Advisory Board Members


Lessons learned from Hurricane Ike demonstrated the need to formalize TERT within our state.  The initiation of the TX-TERT Advisory Board in 2009 proved a key component and has been instrumental in establishing regional coordinators throughout the state, along with educational standards, the TX-TERT Standard Operating Procedure and TERT Train the Trainer Course.  Members include representatives from the Governors Division of Emergency Management, Fire/EMS, Law Enforcement, APCO and NENA State Chapter Presidents, Commission on State Emergency Communications, Texas Association of Districts, Municipal Emergency Communications Districts, Texas Association of Regional Councils and Department of Homeland Security.   Join me in welcoming the 2014-2015 TX-TERT Advisory Board Members:

Mindy Adams

TX-APCO President

Shawn Barnes

Capitol Area Emergency Communications District

Sammye Cotton

Garland Police Department

Toni Dunne

TX-NENA President

Todd Early

Texas Department of Public Safety

Kelli Merriweather

Commission on State Emergency Communications

Carl Smith

Midlothian Police Department

Roger Stokes

Department of Homeland Security

Barry Turner

Frisco Fire and Police

David Walker

Wise County Sheriff’s Office

Christy Williams

North Central Texas Council of Governments


The Advisory Board has oversight responsibilities of telecommunicators participating in the TX-TERT Program, implements standards of operations, and ensures statewide compliance.  Along with a champion education effort targeted for each of the six regions, the Advisory Board has challenged members with developing a TX-TERT Process.  The project, Chaired by Jason Smith, TX-NENA North Regional Coordinator, has developed a strategic analysis to include:

  • Roles and Responsibilities

  • Disaster Deployment

  • Education and qualification

A copy of the TX-TERT 2014-2015 Strategic Analysis Project can be found on the TX-TERT website at:


Blessed to serve,

Sherry Decker, ENP

TX-TERT State Coordinator






Upcoming Training






TERT Basic & Team Leader-

Date: October 23 & 24, 2014

Location: North Central Texas Council of Governments

616 Six Flags Dr. Arlington, TX

TERT Basic Awareness Course and TERT Team Leader Course

November 6th & 7th, 2014

Amarillo, TX (waiting on confirmation for exact location)


TERT Basic Awareness Course and TERT Team Leader Course

December 1st & 2nd, 2014

Fort Bliss Directorate of Emergency Services Building

20709 Sgt.  Major Blvd.

El Paso, TX


TERT Train the Trainer Course

Date: November 10 & 11, 2014

Location: North Central Texas Council of Governments

616 Six Flags Dr.  Arlington, TX





5 Minute Training

ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments


In this Chapter, you will learn how to make emergency management programs, services, and activities accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. Chapter 7 answers the following questions:

  • What does emergency management cover?
  • How does the ADA apply to emergency management?
  • What are some of the common problems faced by people with disabilities in accessing emergency- and disaster-related services, programs, activities, and facilities?
  • What are some of the steps that state and local governments can take to make emergency- and disaster-related services, programs, activities, and facilities accessible to people with disabilities?


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