News and Announcements

Radio Technician Class - starting Nov 1, 2017

posted Oct 18, 2017, 4:18 PM by Doug Gatchell

Class Dates: Nov. 1, 2, 8, 9
Class Times: 4-8 PM
Location: The Theater @ Sun Towers Retirement Center 101 Trinity Lakes Drive Sun Cty
Cost: $40...$25-Textbook, $15-Test & Registration and Call Sign from FCC 
PLEASE respond ASAP to be enrolled in this class. 
Please email your interest/questions to

Annual Potluck Dinner - end of hurricane season celebration, Oct 26, 2017

posted Aug 29, 2017, 10:36 AM by Doug Gatchell   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 9:49 AM ]

The Annual end of hurricane season CERT Potluck will be held at the October 26, 2017 at our members meeting starting at 6 pm at the Camber of Commerce Hall. Please click on the attached survey to indicate you are planning on attending and what you intend to contribute to this event. A spreadsheet of responses will be posted below but it is not automatic and may lag your submission by several days.

Click here: End of hurricane season potluck dinner - sign-up form

Hurricane - POD exercise - April 22, 2017

posted Apr 18, 2017, 5:13 PM by Doug Gatchell

In the continuing effort to provide pertinent and relative training, SCC CERT will have a Mandatory POD III Exercise this Saturday (April 22, 2017) starting at 9:00 AM until about 1pm.

This exercise will take place at the United Methodist Church on Del Webb. The same location as our monthly meeting.

This is the Hillsborough County EOC official POD III location.

We waited to notify you to simulate what would happen if a POD needed to be open after a hurricane etc.

More than likely you would have less than 24 hours notice to respond.

We will be training in conjunction with members of the United Methodist Church. They also distribute food after a disaster.

All SCC CERT members shall wear their CERT vests, CERT cap and closed toed shoes.

You should bring water and have sun screen. It should be in the low 70's with a high in the upper 80's.

In addition, You should also bring two cases of water and a case of paper towels, napkins or can goods etc. Also if u have some portable chairs, bring them also

You also need paper and pencil/pen.

We need these supplies for the simulation exercise. These items will be returned to you after the exercise.

I believe this will be a valuable exercise and you will enjoy it.

I hope to see you Sat morning at 9:00!!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Ira at home, 813 922-6752

2017 LEAPN2CERT WORKSHOP - Saturday, April 29, 2017

posted Apr 5, 2017, 5:36 PM by Doug Gatchell

Team: Tampa Bay UASI Citizen Corps
Start Date: Saturday April 29th 2017  Start Time: 0830
End Date: Saturday April 29th 2017  End Time: 1700
Description: On Saturday, April 29th, Lealman CERT is sponsoring a full day workshop open to ALL CERT members in the Tampa Bay Region. Keynote speakers include Ken Skalitzky, Emergency Management Director from Volunteer Florida and Fire Chief Heather Burford from the City of Seminole. The workshop will include four breakout sessions with multiple topics. Updates and registration links can be found at:
. Registration is required AND the first 50 CERT members to register will receive a FREE On Duty 4 in 1 Emergency Tool!!!

Hazards and Healthcare conference - April 26, 2017

posted Mar 29, 2017, 9:39 AM by Doug Gatchell   [ updated Mar 29, 2017, 3:36 PM ]

Shayla Prezasis is in need of volunteer support for the Hazards and Healthcare conference.  See the day and hours below.  She said that you can split shifts if you wish.  The early shift will need to be there at 06:45 hrs and the late shift can come in at noon for the afternoon.  There will be some work to set up/breakdown tables and working a table during the event.  Contact Ted Williams if you can help out.
The Tampa Bay Regional Hurricane and HealthCare Planning Coalition, Coalition for Health and Medical Preparedness, Tampa Bay Health & Medical Preparedness Coalition, and St. Petersburg College present:

2017 Hazards and Healthcare Conference-- "Passport to Preparedness"
April 26, 2017, 7:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Port of Tampa | Terminal 2, 651 Channelside Dr., Tampa, FL 33602

To volunteer contact: Ted Williams FPEM
Senior Program Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management
P: (813) 236-3800, M: (813)734-5526

Contact Ira ( if you are interested in commuting to this event.

Mass Casualty Exercise - Thursday, March 30, 2017

posted Mar 20, 2017, 2:05 PM by Doug Gatchell

The Mass Casualty exercise will be on March 30 this year and we are looking for CERT volunteers to assist with various jobs, one is assisting in loading the busses for the exercise at Steinbrenner Field, HCC South Campus in Appollo Beach, Jersey College and Keiser College on Florida Ave. in Tampa.  Also Ryan said there would be jobs as evaluators as well.  The times for the exercise are starting at 6:30AM and ending at 11:00AM with the Hot Wash to be held in the Afternoon at 1:00pm at the new PSOC.  Let me know how many of your folks would like to participate and we will go from there.  Thanks for all you do!

Ted Williams FPEM, Senior Program Coordinator
Fire and Rescue Office of Emergency Management

Click here to sign-up by 3/23/17

Valencia Lakes Expo 2017 - March 29, 2017

posted Mar 14, 2017, 1:41 PM by Doug Gatchell

SCC CERT will be handing out information brochures and signing up new prospective members for training at the Valencia Lakes Expo which will on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Please sign up if you can spare a few hours. Since Valencia Lakes is a gated community you will need to be placed on the access list in advance of the event.

Chick here to sign up!

Mission Manager Training - April 1, 2017

posted Mar 3, 2017, 12:07 PM by Doug Gatchell

Information and registration at:

G-400 Advanced Incident Command System Command - April 4-5, 2017

posted Mar 1, 2017, 4:08 PM by Doug Gatchell

G-400 Advanced Incident Command System Command & General Staff Post - Training

This course provides training for personnel who require advanced application of the Incident Command System (ICS). The course expands upon information covered in ICS-100 through ICS-300 courses. The target audience for this course is personnel who are expected to perform in a management capacity in an Area command or Multiagency Coordination Entity. Selection Criteria: Persons expected to perform in a management capacity in an area command/complex incident environment. Personnel must have completed the following ICS courses or an equivalent to these courses: ICS-100, ICS-200, ICS-300, ICS-700, and ICS-800.

Register and more information at:

Points of Distribution (PODs) training - March 15, 2017

posted Mar 1, 2017, 4:00 PM by Doug Gatchell

This is a 7 hour course designed to teach how to select POD sites, the equipment and personnel needed to operate the site, and the duties of personnel at site. This course consist of both classroom and field training. County personnel, CERT Team Members, and other volunteers are the primary target audience.

Sign up and more information at:

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