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Cargo Bike Fair and Disaster Relief Trials in Eugene

2014 DRT flyer

This weekend marks the 2nd Annual Disaster Relief Trials or “DRT” in Eugene’s Alton Baker Park in downtown Eugene, Oregon, last year the event took place at Eugene’s South Eugene High School, this the event was moved to Alton Baker Park organizers say, according to their website.

With four different riding classes in this years event, the maximum number of riders has been capped to about 50 riders in the four racing classes. Organizers say, the having cargo bikes in the event of an emergency or natural disaster would allow bicycles with the ability to carry loads up to 200 pounds through the ruins of ground zero would allow supplies to be moved accordingly where motor vehicle access can not pass through in a safe matter, but cargo bikes and bicycle trailers make the job easier to get to despite the many obstacles riders could experience in the event of a natural disaster, they say.

Organizers say with this weekends event at Alton Baker Park, a disaster preparedness fair, a cargo bike race and information booths for the entire family should make it eventful for all to enjoy.

CERT Training as an instructor proves vital

March 2014This past weekend, after eighteen hours of training, that began on Friday morning at 9 A.M. sharp at Eugene’s Fire Department Training Facility in Eugene – twenty plus students all veteran CERT Trainers except for two of us myself and a friend from the Sheriff’s Search and Rescue Unit and Commander of Central Aid Agency, all came together as an entire unit of instructors taking FEMA’s Train The Trainer (TTT) Course for the Eugene-Springfield Community Emergency Response Team.

What was interesting was the instructors that taught the class were from Polk County, Oregon, CERT Team just outside of Salem, Oregon. The four, Kimber, Dell, Dave and Wendy all threw their knowledge, experience and awesome instruction on how CERT Trainers should be teaching the basic CERT Training to their students.


We all learned the right and wrongs and what to improve during our training and learned about ourselves along the way, as well..

For some of us, we’ve never taught a CERT class full of students, but we learned in front of our own peers and colleagues along the way – that there was no easy way out, we all had to learn how to trust our own instincts and fears – at the end we actually found out, “we could actually do this!” I said to myself, late Sunday night after getting some much needed sleep from three days of eight to nine hours for a total of 18 hours of classroom lecture and lab work with the two “teach-backs” as they are called – I came out learning from the best that have been traveling the state teaching other CERT Teams around the state of Oregon the same things they were teaching us in Eugene-Springfield CERT.

It could get any better than that. It was awesome and a lot of fun – I’m actually looking forward in teaching those in the community what it’s like to a prepared member of CERT and what they can do to help their communities, neighbors and family in the event of a disaster or emergency.




Disaster Go Kits On The Cheap

20-buck-go-bag-with-Radio-600x491When it comes to putting together a disaster emergency “Go Kit or Go bag,” it doesn’t have to be expensive – You can find what you pretty much need from you local dollar store as Los Angeles County Sheriff PIO Mike Parker multiple tweeted a tweet from the @WeAreUnprepared Tweeter feed, this quick and easy disaster grab and go bag was posted on behalf of Deputy Parker to his followers.

With only $20 on hand and an hour to spare in the isles of his local dollar store, your capable of finding and assembling a cheap and easy disaster preparedness grab and go kit or go bag with just twenty bucks.

Sure some folks will say you need the most expensive brand and products you can find to save your life – but, with $20 dollars and an hour of your time, you can put this very same kit together as you see in the photo, as if you were putting together a more lucrative $200 or $1000 dollar survival kit for you and your family.

As a member of the Eugene-Springfield Community Emergency Response Team, I can tell you, folks always ask me – “why do disaster preparedness kits have to be so expensive?” Honestly, they don’t need to be expensive – period, as I tell them. You can actually get away with the simplest things around the house and from the dollar store as someone once said.

The Totally Unprepared Website has a prepared list of the contents bought at the local dollar store with $20 and if your interested in putting together a simple disaster kit for you and your family – actually, it’s good practical preparedness sense to make a go kit for your each member of your family as they travel in your car, rather it’s Mom or Dad, Son or Daughter, it’s Common Sensibility and good disaster preparedness sense to maintain such a practical fleet of Go bags for your family and vehicles.

Here are some helpful links to help you with your disaster preparedness efforts;

Totally Unprepared Website www.totallyunprepared.com/2013/11/20-grab-go-bag/

FEMA Website www.fema.gov

American Red Cross www.redcross.org

Salvation Army www.salvationarmy.org

Ready, Prepare, Plan, www.ready.gov

Communiuty Emergency Response Team www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams

Department of Homeland Security www.dhs.gov

Eugene-Springfield CERT Team www.eugenecert.com