COMMUMITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM
The CERT team is putting on putting on a monthly demonstration of life-saving procedures following Coffee on Saturday at the clubhouse at The Lake Fairways clubhouse. On April 31 the demonstration was the proper use of fire extinguishers. On May 7 it was the demonstration of the proper use of the AED equipment and the life-saving procedure of CPR. The CERT team meets the first Monday of the month at 1 o’clock in the lounge at the Lake Fairways Clubhouse. All members of the community are welcome to join our meetings. The next official training session will be this fall, however we encourage interested parties to join us at these monthly meetings and learn more about how we can help our residents.
Leader: Kevin Walsh
Secretary: Karen Pratt
Present: Betty Michaleson, Richard Michaleson, Kevin Walsh, Rawson Beals, Karen Beals, Donna Ferrara, John Donahue
Discussion: The success of the fire extinguisher demonstration by NFFD at Saturday coffee, 4 /2/22. It was a great demonstration of the proper use of the fire extinguisher with a simulated fire display. Residents also learned how to tell if their personal fire extinguishers were still effective.
The lack of attendance at meetings – The meetings are once a month, on the first Monday of the month, at 1 PM in the lounge. Please put these meetings on your calendar. This is the only time we have for planning future training events for our residents and planning for recruiting new members. Members need to put our meetings on their personal calendar and dedicate that one hour a month to the CERT meetings.
The first Saturday of the month seems to be a great day for offering training residents in a life skill. In May, 5/7/22, we will be offering AED/CPR training after coffee. Future discussion will be held with those involved in the training. We do ask that all CERT members wear their vest and lanyards on that Saturday.
Richard Michaleson will be presenting a training program outline for future monthly meetings. The month of May will be traffic control. Easter – we asked for two volunteers to work the Easter program for traffic control, crowd awareness.
CERT will be posting pictures of the fire extinguishers demonstration and Christmas gift program in the Informer and on the website. We would like residents to join us for just basic training in a hope that we can recruit more members. It could be that the extensive one-week training is limiting residents from being involved in our membership. We want to invite volunteers that can be trained in simple, basic procedures, so they can be volunteer members of CERT. They would not be used for the more advanced areas we as members had been trained in. Hurricane season is approaching and simple tasks as checking properties for damage, traffic control, brush clearance, etc., can be done by volunteers with a CERT member.
We will be looking into future fund-raising activities. We also will be looking for more ways to have CERT members involved in community events.
Respectfully submitted, Karen Pratt Beals
Community Emergency Rescue Team
By Kevin Walsh, Team Leader, posted 10/29/21
The Lake Fairways CERT team presently has 18 certified members.
They work in conjunction with the N. Ft. Myers Fire Department.
Recently the team, in conjunction with the fire department, held a Safety Seminar at the Lake Fairways clubhouse. All residents were invited to attend this meeting. The primary focus of this meeting was fire safety and having smoke alarms in homes. Residents that attended this meeting were able to sign up and receive smoke alarms, (provided by the American Red Cross) which were installed later in their individual homes by members of CERT. There were also several other safety identifications available at that meeting; safety reflectors, pet identification stickers for the door, invalid identifications stickers, and ICE packets (emergency medical information) for the refrigerator. The CERT team hopes to have another of these seminars later in the year or in Spring.
In September the CERT members were offered a class for CPR certification. AED machines were also covered in the class.
FUTURE CERTIFICATION CLASSES
The CERT team plans to hold another class for residents to become Community Emergency Rescue Team members. A date will be announced.
The team also plans to hold other educational classes in the community, that will offer training in other safety issues, i.e., fire extinguishers, first aid, AED.
CHRISTMAS – TOYS FOR TOTS
CERT will be collecting new, unwrapped toys for all age children. Watch for the placement of a large box in the lobby for the toys to be deposited in. More information will be announced.
All this information will be available on the Lake Fairways website, in the Informer, and announced at Saturday morning coffees.