We have been BUSY!!!

Happy Autumn to you all!

BOCH CERT has been as busy as we’ve ever been in the month of October! Brewster, Chatham, and Harwich all are holding flu shot clinics this month, so if you’re looking for an easy way to stay healthy this winter, check your local towns for their clinic dates and come out and say “Hi!” to our crews expertly navigating you through the process.

We’ve also had town meetings! Pumpkin displays built! Trainings! Not to mention the 19 new members we’ve onboarded during our Fall Member Recruitment drive. We are growing in size and skill as well as growing into the communities we serve and uncovering new ways in which to help out. I have had more than one local drive past me and yell “CERT?!?! You guys are everywhere!” and they’re right. We are!

So let’s get to the round-up! A few weeks back we participated in Chatham’s Pumpkin People in The Park. Several members of the team came together for a few days and built an amazing display entitled “Safe Ghost Crossing” adorned with Pumpkin CERT members, busy ghosts, witches, and even an invisible man! Everything we used was upcycled, recycled, or re-useable except the pumpkins and our decorative signs and our display will be up in the park until October 30th, so go take a peek and enjoy the fall leaves.

Thanks to Brewster, Harwich, and Chatham for inviting us in to help with their town flu clinics! We’ve seen nearly 300 of our Lower Cape neighbors drive past us during these events and we’re always so happy when you all give us the ‘thumbs up’ and ‘hi-fives’ as we point you in the right direction. Volunteering is all about the paycheck, and we get paid in the smiles of the people we help. So keep that coming!

BOCH CERT has also facilitated several town meetings this month, guiding the residents of the Lower Cape to their seats, cleaning microphones for Covid safety, and generally supporting the direct democracy enthusiasm of our neighbors and friends. One of the best things about volunteering for CERT is the opportunity to meet people from all over the four towns and be informed about what is happening. To know the Lower Cape towns is to truly love them, and at BOCH CERT we really do love this place we call home.

BIG BIG Shout out to Harwich Police Department and especially Officer Mark Holmes who came out on Wednesday to teach about 25 CERT members about the science and art of traffic flow and safety. Our group had dozens of questions and comments for Officer Holmes and he had an answer for every one of them! Most importantly we learned how to make ourselves visible to drivers, using the big arm waves to get everyone moving in the right direction, never putting our back to moving traffic, and always looking around for potential hazards. We also learned the most important fact about traffic safety: Human Error. A vast majority of crashes happen because of driver’s errors, not road conditions or bad engineering, so to be safe everyone in the community needs to pay attention and make good driving decisions. We hope you all consider that when you enter our parking lots and see us directing traffic.

Coming up, more flu clinics, more town meetings, and October 30th’s NEW MEMBER TRAINING DAY, where we gather up all our new recruits and put them through the paces to get them trained and certified as a full fledged member. There’s still time to join BOCH CERT! Submit your application online from our JOIN US tab and let us get you up to speed so you can participate on Oct. 30th! If you’re on the fence, now is the time to jump off and get on board!

Next month we have Point of Distribution training, a training on some new technological gear we picked up, Safety Officer training certification, and anything else Brewster, Orleans, Chatham, and Harwich needs us to do for them! Have an excellent rest of October and see you in the start of November.

SpOoKy October Is Here

Hey CERT Team and CERT enthusiasts.

October is here and we are gearing up to have an exceptionally busy month bursting with Thrilling Trainings, Spine-tingling Flu Clinics, ghoulish Meetings, perhaps a few supernatural team building fun things, and of course lots of Halloween Candy.

To start off the month we will be holding a new member meet and greet ONLINE on Wednesday October 6th at 6pm. If you want a link to join this informal and short conference to check out what CERT does or want to welcome (or spook) new members email CBarker@boch-cert.org.

Don’t miss our monthly Team Meeting on Thursday October 7th, in Harwich where we will roll out a few new things, go over last months exciting recruiting efforts, and I will bring candy. We have a few new tricks and treats in store for this month, including a fun little community project that includes pumpkins we are looking for help with.

Brewster and Chatham will have us on needles and pins when we help them with their Flu Clinics on October 15th(B), October 19th(C), and again on October 28th(C). Volunteer requests have gone out to the team and if you want to join our enchanted endeavors on any of those dates send a message to Corey via mystical owl or email, whichever is more convenient.

I am fiendishly excited for for our Traffic Control and Safety Training coming up on October 20th sponsored and headed by the Harwich Police Department and their traffic safety officer. We are going to do the monster mashup on all the important aspects of moving traffic and then go over spooky situations where safety might be a concern. Big shout out to Harwich for giving us all this opportunity. Keep an eye or two or even three for the email to RSVP for this new training. Since we’ve grown, space is becoming limited on training events.

We’ve had a bit of treachery befall our calendar, as Chatham has requested volunteers for their Town Meeting on October 23rd which was also our New/Provisional Member practical training date. Unfortunately leadership worked the numbers and we could not adequately staff both events and provide the genuinely good training our new members deserve. Instead we have decided to move the training to October 30th, same times and same place. I honestly think it will be more fun during the search and rescue training if members dress as goblins…however, this idea was not moved to a vote at the meeting.

So, regarding the October 30th New/Provisional member training, I am reminding Safety Officer Trainees that your presence was requested to help with the training. Also, any team member who wants to refresh on the basics again is absolutely welcome to join us on that day. It’s going to be a unearthly good time.

Thanks everyone who came out to the Brewster Town Meeting and Recruiting event, as well as the new team of Safety Officer Trainees who took the time to train over the next few months. I’m excited that we now have a group of people specifically trained to look out for our safety when we are volunteering. We are growing as an organization and I’m proud of the people who are standing up with us to take on new kinds of leadership positions. It’s a boo-tiful thing.