Monday, June 29, 2009

July 17, 2009 Citizen Corps Council Meeting

New Castle County Citizen Corps Council Meeting
July 17, 2009 10:00 am
Cpl. Paul J. Sweeney Building 3601 N. DuPont Hwy New Castle, DE 19720


• Welcome and introductions

• Review and approval of April 2009 meeting minutes

• NCC Citizen Corps update

o As of July 1, 2009
184 CERT trained volunteers and
35 instructors
(for a total of 219 trained volunteers)
Volunteers have put in a total of 478 hours this quarter (604 hours for
calendar 2009)
During this quarter, 22 new CERT volunteers received CERT training for a
sub total of 286 volunteer hours (13 hours x 22 volunteers)

Additionally, 32 volunteers were trained as NOAA Storm Spotters for a sub total of 192 volunteer hours (6 hours x 32 volunteers)

• Training, outreach, and Volunteer Opportunities for Citizen Corps Members
o Opportunities from the council
o Summer CERT training opportunity – NCC OEM

• New Castle County Communications Corps overview – Robbie McCray

• Set action items and agenda for next meeting

• Adjourn

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Volunteers Needed for the Delaware State Fair

Here is some info from the Delaware State Citizen Corps. Please contact them directly with questions or to schedule time to help out:

DEMA (Delaware Emergency Management Agency) has for years had a Display Table at the State Fair. Citizen Corps has joined in the last four years to also help and man a display table. Would any CERT Volunteers like to work a few hours (usually 4) per shift (8-12, 12-4, 4-8 etc…) or a shift on different days. The State Fair will run from Jul 23-Aug 1.

The booth/displays are under the Wilmington Trust Bandstand also near the Raceway and Buffet, you will be given a parking pass and of course free entrance to the park on the day (s) that you work.

Please let Marny McLee from the State Citizen Corps know ASAP, if you are interested, what days and times you are available. Marny will pass you name onto Rosanne Pack DEMA Community Outreach and Public Information Officer.

Here is Marny's contact info:

Marny D. McLee (Mac)
Citizen Corps & CERT Training and Outreach Coordinator
Delaware Emergency Management Agency (DEMA)
165 Brick Store Landing Road
Smyrna, DE 19977
(Desk) 302 659-2243
(Cell) 302 222-6651
(Fax) 302 659-6822

For Delaware State Fair info go here:

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

ARRL Field Day June 27 and 28, 2009

On June 27 and 28, 2009, Radio Amateurs (Hams) across the country will participate in the annual ARRL Field Day exercise. Field Day encourages hams to go out in the field, under simulated disaster conditions, and see how many stations they can contact in a 24 hour period. The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the National Association for Amateur Radio, based in Newington, CT, and the parent of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service ARES®.

Hams across the country respond to disasters such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and wildfires and are often the main, or only lines of communications for hours, days, or even months after the event when the normal communications infrastructure is damaged or destroyed, as it was in Hurricane Katrina.

First State Amateur Radio Club will hold their Field Day at WDEL/WSTW, 2727 Shipley Road Wilmington, DE 19803 so come out and see how it is done!

Before the exercise, the Northern Delaware VE testing team will be there administering all three levels of FCC Amateur Radio exams also. Complete info on the exams is available at
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Monday, June 22, 2009

NOAA Storm Spotter class a success!

Please check back later for new class offerings and opportunities.

The New Castle County Citizen Corps Council hosted a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) Storm Spotter class on Saturday June 20, 2009 from 10:00am – 4:00 pm at the Paul J. Sweeney Public Safety Building located at 3601 N. DuPont Hwy New Castle, DE 19720. The class was a great success with 32 people attending the Basic and Advanced Storm Spotter classes. Special Thanks to Larry Nierenberg from the National Weather Service, Mount Holly Office for teaching this class and to Mark Chandler, the New Castle County Skywarn Coordinator for setting up this class.
For more information on the Storm Spotter program go here: email: with questions.

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