And the Winner Is… BayCERT

Courtesy of Billy Jones

At last week’s BayCERT Meeting, the logo entries were revealed and we picked a winner for our Official BayCERT Logo, courtesy of our very own, Billy Jones!

He was also the author of our 2nd runner up and our new BayCERT Logo – Hurricane Season Edition!

Thank you and Ben Edwards for your hard work and so many wonderful entries into this contest! You both rock and now we have not 1 awesome logo, but 2!!!


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BayCERT: Hurricane Packet Stuffing for La Porte Senior Citizens!

It’s almost hurricane season, and we’re in need of volunteers to help put together information bags for our senior citizens.  If you’re able to come by the La Porte Police Station on Monday, May 4 between 11 AM and 1 PM to help, please let me know.  I’ll even order pizza!

 Thank you! 

Dena Mahan, CEM®

Assistant Emergency Management Coordinator

City of La Porte

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BayCERT Members,

Attached to this website you’ll find the 01-29-15 BayCERT General Meeting Minutes from last night’s meeting. It is full of really great information for the year this weekend, the Rodeo, and the rest of 2015!

Here are the Highlights, but please read the attached for details:

* By Law Updates

* CERT Rodeo Round Up Information, including THIS Saturday’s practice training and  helpful lanyard cards and Caravan/Carpool Opportunities.

* BayCERT Logo Contest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

* 50/50 Raffle at each meeting, bring your 1-Dollar Bills to win!

* Upcoming Events Flyer for 2015

* SkyWarn Basic Training Opportunity with CLARC on 2/19

* Red Cross Shelter Certification Opportunity with Clear Creek Community Church on 2/21.

* Elections of the 2015 BayCERT Officers

* Copy of the MS-150 Presentation led by our Guest, Cinnamon Cappel!


Important Links to know:

– BayCERT Website:
- BayCERT Facebook Page:
- Harris County Citizen Corps page:

Be Safe,

Jenna Contenta – KF5KDQ
BayCERT Social Media Communications 2015
409.789.4007 c

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BayCERT: CCCC hosts Red Cross Shelter Management Training Day – February 21, 2015

BayCERT and Baytown Friends,

The Clear Creek Community Church is hosting a day long Red Cross Orientation and Shelter Management Training day and BayCERT has been invited to join them!

In 2011, members of the BayCERT Team became Shelter Management certified so that we could effectively support our communities and have the trust of the Red Cross to open, run and close a Red Cross Shelter. Every other year since then we have a big Shelter Drill to exercise those skills, but we realize with so many new members, it’s time to get more of you Red Cross Shelter Management Certified and FINALLY our opportunity has come!

Date: February 21, 2015
Time: 9:00 – 4:30pm
Location: Clear Creek Community Church ( 999 Egret Bay Blvd. North; League City, TX 77573 )
HOW TO REGISTER: >> Volunteer >> General Adult Volunteer (18+) , then complete background check.
**You MUST be registered and have a (free) background check BEFORE you can participate in this drill. See how below!

If you are a Red Cross Volunteer already, but you have not taken “Disaster Services Overview”, “Shelter Fundamentals” and “Bulk Distribution”, you are invited, too! Log into Volunteer Connect and sign up at the Clear Creek Community Church location.

If you are not a Red Cross Volunteer, please follow these instructions:
1. Go to Houston Red Cross Volunteer Page:
2. Scroll down to “Volunteer Applications” and select either:
a. General Adult Volunteer (18+); or
b. Youth Volunteer Application (Under 18)
c. During registration, you’ll be asked to sign up for a “Volunteer Orientation” class, please select “Clear Creek Community Church” Orientation, Disaster Services Overview, Shelter Fundamentals and Bulk Distribution. (it may be listed on a “page 2”).
3. A (free) Background Check will be required for the 18+ crowd… I believe you’ll be prompted for this after the volunteer application process is complete. If not, let me know and I’ll find out for the lot of you J

Also, our very own, Richard Guidetti, has been instrumental in making this day of training setup for his church and extending the invite to BayCERT, so make sure you tell him hello when you go!

Be Safe,

Jenna :)

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2015 Sneak Peaks

BayCERT Members,

The Coordinators and Officers met last week to discuss some of the activities planned for 2015. We’ll be discussing much of that at this Thursday’s Monthly Meeting, but I wanted to give you all a sneak peak, because a couple of things YOU will be voting (**) on that night!

1. Upcoming Events for 2015
2. Two New Positions, Fundraiser Officer and Social Media Communications Officer. **
3. BayCERT Logo Contest
4. 50-50 Raffle at each Monthly Meeting (starting in February) **
5. Special Training Opportunities
– Skywarn Basic
– Red Cross Shelter Management

We hope to see you Thursday Night! We have so much to share and some much to do!

Be Safe,

Jenna :)

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BayCERT 2015 Officer Elections, Training & Info About BP MS-150

Updated information!

Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015
Time: 7 PM
*NEW* Location: Seabrook City Hall (1700 1st Street, Seabrook, Texas 77586 )
What to bring: CERT backpack :)

Estimated Agenda:
7:00pm: Opening Comments, Upcoming Events
7:10pm: Nominations and Election of the 2015 BayCERT Officers
7:30pm: BP MS-150 Guest Speaker, Cinnamon Cappel
7:40pm: Breakout Stations:
– BP MS-150 Q&A for interested individuals
– CERT Rodeo Training and Refresher

Have you ever considered being an officer?

Elections for officers are held at the 1st meeting of the year. These are by nomination, with a second nomination and a vote by everyone who attends the meeting. Results are immediate. The following positions are elected and come with additional responsibilities and officer meetings. Consider serving in the future, but always remember that i…t is a commitment, but a worthy one:
Treasurer – (requires finance/accounting experience)

Officers only meet a few times a year to make discuss Upcoming Events, Opportunities in the Community, Resources and Team Logistical Information. We try to involve the team in as many things as we can, but if you have ideas and recommendations on how to make our team better, please consider putting your hat in the ring; and click below to see the BayCERT Officer Roles and Responsibilities!

Want to know more about specific positions? Feel free to ask the 2014 Officers or one of our Coordinators!

BayCERT Coordinator: Don Holbrook
Vice Coordinator: Ronica Hall

2014 Elected Officers:
President: Bob Cooke
Vice-President: Andrew Downing
Secretary: Jenna Contenta
Vice-Secretary: Geneva Dunaway
Treasurer: Debbie Rogers

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CERT Rodeo Training Day – Saturday, January 31st

We still have room if you are interested in joining us at this year’s CERT Rodeo Games!

Meanwhile, we’re having a practice!

Where: Saturday, January 31, 2015
Time: 9am – 1pm
Where: Seabrook Community House
(1210 Anders Street; Seabrook, TX 77586 )
What to Bring?: CERT Badge, Hat, Backpack and Vest

We will have an opportunity to practice cribbing, planks, triage, patient transport, build team communication, etc!

Even if you’re not going to this year’s CERT Rodeo, we’d love to have you join us and spruce up your skills!

We hope you can make it!

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ON BEHALF OF: Volunteers for Baytown YMCA Gator Bike Ride

This email is sent on behalf of Billy Barnett, so if you are available and interested in helping out with this awesome event, please contact him directly :)
Good morning,

See the email below for an opportunity to help out with the Baytown YMCA Gator Ride next month. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Billy Barnett at For more information about the event, visit

From: william barnett []
Sent: Monday, January 12, 2015 8:33 AM
To: Amy.Haire
Subject: Volunteers for Baytown YMCA Gator Bike Ride


The New Year is here and we are busy planning the Gator Bike ride. I was hoping that you could send out a request for help on the day of the ride to all the CERT volunteers. This year, it is Saturday, February 28th. Times needed would be from 8 am until 2:30 p.m. Lunch and a T-shirt will be provided to all volunteers. Not all volunteers would need to be there that long. There will be a mandatory meeting the Wednesday evening before the Ride at the YMCA in Baytown. Thanks for your help.

Billy Barnett

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BayCERT: Monthly CERT Meeting – This Thursday, October 23rd at 7pm

Here’s a friendly reminder about this week’s CERT Meeting!!

Date: Thursday, October 23rd
Topic: Moulage
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm-ish
Presenter: Bob Cooke
Location: Nassau Bay City Hall (NEW)
Address: 1800 Space Park Drive, Suite 200; Nassau Bay, TX 77058

What is Moulage?

Moulage (French: casting/moulding) is the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training Emergency Response Teams and other medical and military personnel. Moulage may be as simple as applying pre-made rubber or latex “wounds” to a healthy “patient’s” limbs, chest, head, etc., or as complex as using makeup and theatre techniques to provide elements of realism (such as blood, impalements, open fractures, etc.) to the training simulation.

It is also a whole lot of fun!

Unfortunately, Ronica, nor I will be at this meeting, so I’m hoping some of you will take pictures and share them on our Facebook Page (or email them to!!

Be Safe,


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Public Health Disease Prevention Summit (October 22nd from 9am – noon)


Below is an opportunity for a Public Health Disease Prevention Summit to be held on October 22nd from 9am – noon… THIS Wednesday!

I’m just passing on this information, so if you would like to sign up for this event, be sure to send directly to: or by calling 409-938-2238. See below for more information.

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From: GALVESTON COUNTY HEALTH DISTRICT [] Sent: Monday, October 20, 2014 12:36 PM To: Contenta, Jenna (JSC-DA241)[SGT, INC] Subject: Registration Time — Public Health Disease Prevention Summit

Registration will be from 8:30 – 9:00 Coffee and water will be provided

Clear Lake Location:

Just a friendly reminder to RSVP to Maria at or 409-938-2238 See attached file for invitation File attachments: Public Health Disease Prevention Summit.pdf

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