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NERT Events in April – Get Prepared for the Big One!

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The San Francisco Fire Department provides free disaster training to San Franciscans who want to learn how to prepare for a disaster. Watch for upcoming training dates at www.sfgov.org/sffdnert

The events listed below are primarily intended for residents who have already completed the NERT training, but it gives you an idea of the follow-up practice drills and additional training available. Please sign up for NERT training today – it will be too late once the 6.0 or greater earthquake happens and our City’s paid first responders are overwhelmed. Every condo building should have a disaster plan and some organization as to how residents will check on each other (and each others’ pets, kids, etc.) and assess damage and injuries.

Still a spectator expecting others to take care of things? Snap out of it! Get trained and be self-sufficient!

APRIL EVENTS

NEW! Ham Communications Team (HCT) Hands-on Training, Wednesday, April 1, 6:30 p.m.-9:00pm, SFFD Division of Training, 2310 Folsom @ 19th Street.

This training focuses on antenna propagation issues and emergency message handling. Since many question arise with regards to these two issues, we will address the how’s and whys in this session. For more information, and to RSVP, contact Bob Jacklevich, KF6PFV, at jacklevich@yahoo.com.

NERT / ACS Staging Area Set-Up and Communications Drill, Saturday, April 4, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., SFFD Division of Training, 2310 Folsom @ 19th Street.

This is a great opportunity to practice setting up a NERT staging area and communicating with Auxiliary Communications Service (ACS) operators at “Battalion Stations.” All NERT members will benefit form this exercise. NOTE: This is a drill; bring your NERT helmet, ID, vest, and field gear and be ready to work safely and effectively in the field. RSVP to Erica at 415-970-2022 or sffdnert@sfgov.org.

Ham Communications Team (HCT) Hands-on Training, Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.-9:00pm, SFFD Division of Training, 2310 Folsom @ 19th Street.

“Dials and buttons and squelch, oh my!” This training is for FCC-licensed NERT ham radio operators who want more experience in getting to know their radios, and in doing messaging. Prerequisites: You must have an FCC license and have completed HCT101, or have approval from Bob Jacklevich to take this class. You also must provide your own radio equipment. For more information, and to RSVP, contact Bob Jacklevich, KF6PFV, at jacklevich@yahoo.com.

NERT Citywide Drill, Saturday, April 18, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Everett Middle School, 450 Church St., parking entrance on 17th Street.

Join NERT members from all over San Francisco in refreshing NERT skills, and learning new ones. Neighborhood teams are welcome to work together — a great way to build your team knowledge, spirit, and rapport. NOTE: This is a drill; bring your NERT helmet, ID, vest, and field gear and be ready to work safely and effectively in the field. RSVP to Erica at 415-970-2022 or sffdnert@sfgov.org.

Getting to the Drill: Please consider using public transportation, a bicycle, or walking to get to the drill. If you drive, consider car pooling with other NERTs. Parking will be limited at the site – once spaces are filled, you will have to find parking on the street. Please come early (by 8:30) to have the best chance of securing a spot. If you have questions about parking, please contact Edward Whitmore at 415-285-1510 or ekw171@comcast.net.

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