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Community News

Date: 30 June 2010
Subject: 2-Way Radio Check

Hi All,

It’s time for our quarterly 2-way radio check. On Thursday, July 1, 2010 grab your 2-way radio and we will again see how many folks on Mt Pleasant we can communicate with. We are communicating on channel 8 at 8pm. We plan to stay on the line for 15 minutes or until we feel that we have given everyone time to have their say.

During our last test, several folks who had planned to participate forgot….. It has been suggested that you can turn your radio on an hour or so before the test and carry it with you.  

Another problem was being able to identify voices. It has been suggested that we identify ourselves before speaking and acknowledge the person you hear.   For example, “This is David on Deitz…” “I can hear you, Karen….”

Would like to hear back from those of you who will be participating in the 2-way radio check.  This way we will know to listen for you and be sure to reach out to you…..


Date: 30 June 2010
Subject: June/July Newsletter

At our July 20th Community Meeting we will have presenters from TSUNAMI PREPAREDNESS FOR CITIZENS OF CLALLAM COUNTY:  This is a follow up to the Clallam County Sheriff’s Office Tsunami Preparedness Program, and Members of Team Tsunami from our Mt Pleasant community who have gone through the training will share information about far-field and near-field effects as well as some of the historical perspectives. They will inform us on how to use inundation maps and preparedness actions to take now so that we are ready.  In addition, learn more about Clallam County risk level, preparedness steps, types of notification systems, and the response activities that you can utilize to keep you and your family safe.

This will be valuable information that we can use during our annual Shelter in Place Exercise planned for the weekend of August 20-22.

At the Community Meeting in May:

     Information on Homeopathic Emergency Kits was presented by Pam Gates. This would be something to have in our home emergency supplies if we couldn’t get to a doctor or pharmacy.  Pam passed out a list of supplies and an address where to get these materials.  If you did not get this information at the meeting and are interested, let me know and I will send it to you.

     On Water Purification:  Karen Coles and Jeannine Kaetzel did a water purification demonstration using Katadyn Micropur Tablets, Steripen Adventurer Opti UV Water purifier and a First Need Water Purification pump.  Water purified by all methods was very drinkable without any unpleasant taste.  But only one removed all particulates and produced crystal clear water. Want to know more about this - we will post the report on our website.

     2-Way Radio Basics: David Louden presented some basic information about 2-way radios and brought in some extra units to practice on. Remember that we practice 2-Way Radio exercises on a quarterly basis:  the first day of the month in January, April, July and October starting at 8:00pm.  If you would like more information on 2-way radios, let me know….

At the Community Meeting in June:

     We discussed plans for the annual Shelter-in-Place Exercise scheduled for August and the BBQ/debriefing/social to follow on Sunday the 22nd at 4pm.

     A flea market/community garage sale is planned for August 28th at the Community Grange Hall with the proceeds to go to the Community Grange building fund (new furnace, etc).  Dick Storch is the committee chairman.

     Future speakers and topics were discussed – we would be interested in knowing what you would like to have brought to the attention of our community in the future….

Don’t forget that we have a website with additional information about our Community and the NERT program.  Please check it out and let me know what you think….. www.mpnert.com

Don’t forget the 2-way radio check on July 1 at 8pm.


Date: May 2010
Subject: May Newsletter

 Hi All,

We have had a couple of cougar sightings, a bobcat with kittens and signs of bears in the community. I have been told that the logging on DNR land below the cell phone towers on Mt Pleasant has disrupted the travel patterns of some of our four footed neighbors.  Nothing to worry about, but it is a good idea to keep an eye on small pets and children…..

The Community Grange meeting is Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00 at the Community Grange Hall on the corner of Mt Pleasant Road and Draper Road. This will be an interesting meeting and we look forward to your participation.

     There will be a 2-way radio 101 presented by David Louden.  He will go through the basics of radio operation and then there will be group participation in testing the radios.  Bring your 2-way radios for the practice exercise – the plan is to test the use of radios inside and then outside. If you don’t have a 2-way radio set for your home at this time, this is a good time to check out what other folks have and how they like them. They are a very useful tool to have if telephone land lines and cell towers are not in operation.

     Karen Coles and Ed Kaetzel will be presenting “show and tell” on water purification.  They will have filters, tablets and other water purification devices.  If you have a water purification process that works for you and your family, please share that information

     Pam Gates will present Homeopathic remedies to have on hand in case of an emergency.  Good stuff to have in your survival bag.

 This should be a good meeting, hope you can be there….


Date: 6 April 2010
Subject: April Newsletter

   In March there were a Community Grange meeting and an Executive Board meeting that were well attended.  At the point of the meeting where we were discussing the latest repair of our aging furnace and the fact that it is in need of replacing, the old dinosaur made a loud and alarming sound and stopped. It has since been coaxed back to life - once again.  New furnace options are being looked into.

   We are looking into ways to engage our community in a meaningful manner that benefits everyone.  We are focusing on getting residents prepared for emergency events through our Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams (NERT) and community outreach. We would like to have your input on this.

   There was discussion about how we can best use our Community Grange Hall as Command Central in the event of a disaster and some of the upgrades needed.  To that end, Frank and Ed have been working to get an old diesel generator up and running to be used during power outages when we have to have auxiliary power to operate lights and the water system.  This is being put on hold for now with the generator being stored at Frank’s.

   The Community Fund Raiser, the annual St Patrick’s Dinner attended by our community and other Grange folk was well attended – sold 138 tickets.  There was a fiddle group and everyone had a good time.

   The Gun Safety Class now has a June target date – there is still time to sign up.

   We are implementing a quarterly 2-way radio exercises and NERT Team leader meetings.

   The first of these 2-way radio exercises was April 1st. As far as I can tell from responses from those who participated, it was a marginal success.  A number of folks reported that they had their radios all charged and ready – and then forgot….  The folks who did participated did a good job, but there were too many blanks in the system to say that we effectively covered the Mt Pleasant area.  We need to work on that.  To that end we plan to have 2-way Radio 101 at our May meeting – more on that later.

   There is a NERT team leader meeting at the Community Grange Hall on April 6 at 7pm. We are expecting all team leaders to be there. If your neighborhood is not represented, please come to this meeting.

   The next Community Grange meeting will be on Tuesday, April 20th at the Community Grange Hall. This meeting will begin at 6:30 with a Pomona Grange meeting following our meeting. (Pomona meetings are gatherings of all the granges on the Peninsula) For those of you who have never been to a traditional Grange meeting, you might find this interesting….

   Remember that our Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams, NERT, are based on the county’s Map Your Neighborhood program but tailored for our rural community. For more information on NERT, check our Mt Pleasant NERT website at mpnert.com.


Date: 8 March 2010
Subject: Census Warning

Census to Begin  BE VERY CAUTIOUS!  READ AND PASS TO OTHERS

 All family members need to be aware of this.

With the U.S. . Census process beginning, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) advises people to be cooperative, but cautious, so as not to become a victim of fraud or identity theft.  The first phase of the 2010 U.S. Census is under way as workers have begun verifying the addresses of households across the country.  Eventually, more than 140,000 U.S. Census workers will count every person in the United States and will gather information about every person living at each address including name, age, gender, race, and other relevant data.

The big question is - how do you tell the difference between a U.S. Census worker and a con artist?  BBB offers the following advice :

** If a U.S. Census worker knocks on your door, they will have a badge, a handheld device, a Census Bureau canvas bag, and a confidentiality notice.  Ask to see their identification and their badge before answering their questions.  However, you should never invite anyone you don't know into your home.

 ** Census workers are currently only knocking on doors to verify address information. Do not give your Social Security number, credit card or banking information to anyone, even if they claim they need it for the U.S. Census.

 REMEMBER, NO MATTER WHAT THEY ASK, YOU REALLY ONLY NEED TO TELL THEM HOW MANY PEOPLE LIVE AT YOUR ADDRESS.

While the Census Bureau might ask for basic financial information, such as a salary range, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ANSWER ANYTHING AT ALL ABOUT YOUR FINANCIAL SITUATION.

 The Census Bureau will not ask for Social Security, bank account, or credit card numbers, nor will employees solicit donations.  Any one asking for that information is NOT with the Census Bureau.

Never click on a link or open any attachments in an E-mail that are supposedly from the U.S. Census Bureau.

 


Date: 7 March 2010
Subject: March Newsletter

The Mount Pleasant Community Grange will serve its traditional corned beef and cabbage St Patrick’s dinner at 6pm Saturday, March 13.  This will be at the Grange Hall on the corner of Mt P and Draper.

The Washington Old Time Fiddlers will provide music, and an auction and raffle fundraiser to benefit the Mt Pleasant Community Grange building fund will be held.

Tickets are $10 and available by phoning Suzanne Barber.

There will be a work party on Friday, March 12 at 10am for those of you who would like to help set things up for this event. Contact Maggie

There will be a community meeting on Tuesday, March 16 at 7pm at the Grange Hall.We will be discussing NERT, Neighborhood Watch, Shelter in Place, Fundraising and other items of interest (and we are looking for things to present that would interest you and would like your input).

February’s meeting was well attended.  Lorraine Shore and Al Camin from USA on Watch (aka Neighborhood Watch Program or NWP) presented a short version of how the group helps neighborhoods participate in MYN and NWP.  Also, NIXLE works with all county services and is an email alert system for traffic, animal sightings and public safety issues.  There are three components to the system: 1) organization, 2)education, and 3) communication. Al Camin suggested a meeting with NERT team leaders to get them registered.  Frank Farrar and Judy Hendrickson will meet with Al for planning purposes.

Judy Hendrickson (NERT Team Coordinator) gave a recap of the Mt Pleasant NERT program.Since its inception in 2008, NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams) have grown to 17 neighborhood teams.  In 2009 NERT held a Shelter in Place€¯ exercise providing training and practice for families. The teams practiced the use of two-way radios using a relay system encompassing the whole community (Channel 8.0 at 8am and 8pm).After the Shelter in Place exercise, there was a neighborhood BBQ where experiences were shared and ideas discussed on how to be better prepared in the future.

Terry Roth gave an overview of the furnace situation/problem and the need for a new heating system since the old furnace isn’t feasible to repair again due to lack of parts and is more expensive to repair than replace  .Bob Price was able to repair it this time for which we are grateful.

A fire arm safety class sign-up sheet was passed around to see how much interest there is for a class to be presented to our community.  If you are interested in this, contact Judy.

 


Date: 12 February 2010
Subject: February Meeting

Subject: Mt Pleasant Community News - February meeting

Hi All,

Just want to remind you about the Community Grange Meeting Tuesday,
February 16 at 7pm

We will be discussing more about the security of our community through
or NERT program and the Neighborhood Watch program. Lorraine Shore,
Community Patrol Services Coordinator/CC Sheriffā€™s Office will be on
hand to answer questions. We also expect to have a representative of the
Map Your Neighborhood program (our NERT program on Mt Pleasant is a
spinoff of MYN designed for our rural population).

The Mt Pleasant Community Grange will be hosting the St Patrickā€™s Day
Dinner at our Community Grange on March 13. This is the traditional
Corned Beef benefit open to our community and other Granges. Maggie Roth
is in charge this year and is looking for folks to help out with set up
and serving. Among other things, if you can help set up tables and
chairs or if you are handy with a knife and could help peel veggies, she
has a job for you. We usually plan for 135 people and tickets will be
available at the meeting for $10. Contact Maggie if you can
help out.

Due to the interest in The Peninsula Rifle and Pistol Clubā€™s Gun Safety
class, the club has offered to teach a class to the Mt Pleasant
Community. This is basic gun safety (safe handling, loading/unloading,
the basic principles of marksmanship, etc). There is a charge of $20 for
non-members to cover the cost of materials. There will be a sign up
sheet at the meeting for those interested.

We are requesting that all NERT leaders attend this meeting so we can
discuss Neighborhood Watch and other conce
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Date: 3 February 2010
Subject: Gun Safety

Because of the recent break-ins and burglaries, more people are
arming themselves to protect themselves and their families. With those
new to firearms and those who already have guns in their homes, it is
very important to know how to safely use these weapons. Not only the
owner of the guns but also the others in the family. One of our
neighbors is a member of the Peninsula Rifle & Pistol Club in Port
Angeles and asked to have this information sent to the Mt Pleasant
Community.

"Peninsula Rifle and Pistol Club will host a FIRST STEP basic firearms
safety and handling course on Saturday 13 February starting at 10am.
This is a 4 hour course that is open to the public and introduces the
firearm owner to Safe Handling, Loading/Unloading, Nomenclature and
Function, and basic principles of marksmanship.
Class fee is $20.00 for non-club members and $10.00 for club-members to
cover the cost of course materials. Class size limited to 15 students.
There will be an opportunity for shooting after the class.;
The instructor is Howard Blair, an NRA-certified Instructor. Howard may
be reached at 775-0081.
The Peninsula Rifle and Pistol Club indoor shooting range is located at
2600 W. 18th Street in Port Angeles."
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Date: 2 February 2010
Subject: February Newsletter

On January 19, 2010 representatives from the Clallam County Sheriffs Office gave us an update on the increased residential burglaries occurring in the Mount Pleasant and Deer Park Road areas. This was a public meeting and was open to all residents and visitors. There was an excellent turnout, with approximately 40 residents attending.

Presentations were given by Sgt. Randy Pieper and Sheriff W. L. Benedict from the Clallam County Sheriff’s office, as well as presentations by Al Camin and Lorraine Shore from The Neighborhood Watch Program.

The Sheriff’s Department reported: There have been two arrests made for burglaries in the area, but there seems to be 2-3 groups active in the Port Angeles/Sequim area.  The burglars seem to observe the residents of the targeted house and note regular schedules. Vary your schedule whenever possible.  Also, there have been reports of strangers knocking on doors in neighborhoods looking for people who aren't home.  The police suggest that you NEVER open your door to anyone you do not know. Talk to the people through the closed door.  If they want to use the phone - ask for the number they want to call and tell them you will dial it and give the message.  Home invasions are rare in Clallam County and they are not the same as burglaries. (Burglaries occur when no one is at home€“ home invasions involve residents at home.)  With one deputy per 1200 residents, Clallam County has one of the lowest ratios in the state, but compared to other areas we also have low crime rates.  The largest number of calls made to the Sheriff’s office is for barking dogs.  If your dog barks, keep it inside so that police time is not taken up by these complaints. You have the right to defend your home, not your yard and using firearms must be for imminent danger to your life or another residents life, not your car, boat etc.  Call 911 if you have suspicious people at the door and announce that you have called 911 through  the door so the  strangers  can hear you.  DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR. The Sheriff’s department does not respond to residential home security alarm calls with lights and sirens and such calls  are not the highest priority due to the high volume and almost all prove to be false alarms.   Please call the Sheriff’s department to do a vacation check if you are going to be gone for more than a couple of days. Their deputies will then drive by and check your house occasionally while you’re gone.  Also let your neighbors know.  Do not let papers or mail pile up and it is a good idea to have a couple of inside lights on timers so that you look like you are home. These burglars look for homes that are vacant and so do not close all of the curtains etc. so that it is obvious you will be gone for awhile.    If you have a non-emergency, the number to call is 417-2259.  Local fire stations have a VIAL FOR LIFE container you can get with forms for you to write all medical and other pertinent information needed in an emergency.  If the Fire department comes to your home for an emergency, they will check your refrigerator for this vial of critical information.  If you have questions or want to help advocate for locating a local shooting range, call Donald Robert at 457-1846.

The Neighborhood Watch Program handed out packets with material on how to protect your home, the Neighborhood Watch manual, Emergency Resource Guide, and Map Your Neighborhood.  The Neighborhood Watch Program is highly recommended by the police department because it not only reduces crime, but it helps bring a community together and is an avenue to get to know your neighbors. They are happy to come out and speak to groups and help organize the Watch Program.   Report any unusual or suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s department.  The Neighborhood Watch signs in other communities have reduced the problems considerably.  Some suggestions for helping prevent burglaries are doors with longer screws in the frame and dead bolt locks which help doors from being easily broken into: install motion detectors or light sensor/automatic lights especially near door, place wooden dowels in sliding doors and windows, lock the car doors when it is  left outside and take all valuables (especially keys or the automatic garage opener) out , lock the door from the garage to the house, install a security system, or even a sign stating you have a security system (no way for the burglar to know if you have a system), and keep shrubs and trees from blocking the view to your home so it  can be easily seen.  Burglars want to get in quickly and usually won't spend more than 30 seconds working at it.  At night, they also want it dark. 

The MO of the current burglars is to first knock on the door or ring the doorbell to see if anyone is home.  If this occurs at your home, and the person asks an unusual question (like, Is Paul here?¯ or Did you order____?€¯) send them away and call 911 immediately.

 The audience seemed very receptive to the police dept. and the police were glad to be invited to talk.  They emphasized that neighborhood residents provide many more eyes and ears than the police are able to and will notice when a car or person doesn't belong in the neighborhood.  The message was - know your neighbors, look out for one another, communicate with each other if you are going away or having long term visitors and call the police non emergency line (417-2254) if you notice anything suspicious.  Remember you have a camera in most phones and if you see a suspicious vehicle or person, snap a shot of the license plate and person's face whenever possible, or observe and write this information down.

Note:  Our Neighborhood Emergency Response Teams, NERT, are based on the Map Your Neighborhood program but tailored for our rural community.  For more information on NERT, check our Mt Pleasant NERT website at mpnert.com.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 16, at 7pm at our Community Grange building on the corner of Mt Pleasant and Draper. We will be discussing more about the security of our community through our NERT program and the Neighborhood Watch program and will have packets of information to distribute.

Also up for discussion will be:

     Hosting the St Patrick’s Day Dinner at the Community Grange on March 13   

     Our aging furnace, which is on its last legs

 Any questions/comments, contact Judy by email
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