Here are some examples of skills enhancement trainings that have been offered by individuals and organizations to CERT trained citizens. If you would like to attend a presentation on any of these topics or have an idea for a presentation, contact the Border Community SERVICE Office at 716.286.8010. Make sure to check the Events Calendar for additional trainings scheduled.
Amateur Radio Today
Mike Duff, N2LFA, presented information regarding amateur radio in emergencies and the "state of the art."
Special Needs Citizens:
John Moffat, special projects coordinator of the WNY Independent Living Project, presented valuable information about interacting with special needs clients, as well as environmental and emergent concerns.
The National Weather Service (NWS) encourages anyone with an interest in public service and access to communication, such as HAM radio, to join the SKYWARN® program. Volunteers include police and fire personnel, dispatchers, EMS workers, public utility workers and other concerned private citizens. Individuals affiliated with hospitals, schools, churches, nursing homes or who have a responsibility for protecting others are also encouraged to become spotters.
SKYWARN® is a nationwide program of spotters that report severe weather to the NWS. The basic training session instructs attendees on what types of severe weather the NWS is interested in hearing about and are given a 1-800 telephone number for 24-hour access to make reports directly to the NWS forecasters.