Neighborhood Watch & CERT

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH DETAILS:

  • Contact: Lenore Combs

  • Meets: 3rd Monday of Month @ 3 PM in Retzlaff Hall

  • Location: Retzlaff.Hall

  • Purpose:

    • Security and safety are part of our daily lives albeit not necessarily convenient.  The SCCE Neighborhood Watch is a volunteer program and you are cordially invited to support it. There are no fees or dues - just asking for your time and talent for our projects. There is a complete description of our mission and projects posted on the NW bulletin board in the Library. Patrols can always use volunteers.

  • Goals & Objectives:

    • To assist with development and support of our NW

    • To promote public awareness and increase resident participation in crime prevention

    • To contribute to crime prevention practice and build a stronger Sunshine community

    • To promote community cohesion and increase confidence in local policing

    • To act as a forum - coordinate resources and partner with local Law Enforcement Agencies

  • The CERT Team - Community Emergency Response Team:

    • Volunteers trained in accordance with the Harlingen Fire Department "to hold down the fort until professional help arrives". We formed after Hurricane Dolly in 2008. We hold our annual Disaster Preparedness meeting each April. Everyone invited. The volunteer Harlingen CERT Team meets monthly at Station 8.

  • Many of us also are members in the Citizens Police Academy Alumni and meet with HPD monthly. Sgt. Michael Brooks and Officer Alicia Garcia are CPA liaisons and meet frequently with our NW.​
     

  • The NW - CERT Welcome Letter 2020-2021 edition is available HERE.

 

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Sent 2021-10117: Code for the Neighborhood Watch Virtual Meeting (Jan 18. 2021) - 

The January Neighborhood Watch meeting is Monday (1/18/21) at 3:00. Lenore sent a SEPOeNews that included the agenda to you a couple of days ago. As with most meeting you may want to check-in a little early, maybe between 2:45 and 3:00.
 
To "Join" the meeting just click on the following link: https://meet.google.com/qwt-peic-dez <https://meet.google.com/qwt-peic-dez> and once your browser shows you a screen be sure to click on the "Join"
button on the right side of the screen. As with most meetings, this meeting will be recorded to help the secretary with the meeting minutes. Any questions, please let me know.
Pat Harvey      patharvey4169@gmail.com

Sent 2021-01-14: NW agenda January 18 2021 3pm VIRTUAL Meeting - 

Dear Friends, Please take some time and review this info.  Thanks

Lenore J Combs 956 234 1276   NW - CERT Coordinator   😷❤
 

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Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008)
SCCE - Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team.
 
 Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for each other!

VIRTUAL Agenda – Monday – 16 November 2020 3pm

Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276   LJCombs44@gmail.com

Dear NW-CERT Volunteers and Friends,

 

Introduction:  Good afternoon!  Let’s treat this format as though we were really at our meeting. 

Coffee and cookies – your treat.  We may have the advantage of Google MEET.  As instructions and plan progress, I will keep you informed.  Anyway, let’s begin. 

 

Thank you all for serving.  In the summer it’s the ‘skitters, in the winter there is the cold but no matter what – your NW is out every night.  Welcome our frozen friends from the North. Best Wishes for a healthy, Happy New Year.

 

NW-CERT meetings are open meetings – we welcome you whether or not you volunteer, and we welcome your constructive ideas. There are many varied NW projects in which to get involved – so call me.  956 245 1276

 

(Pledge of Allegiance, Moment of Silence,)

(Introduction of new residents, volunteers and guests)

 

Treasurer’s Report:  copy available

 

Project Reports

Fundrai$er:  Our VIRTUAL Finger Lickin’ Chicken is still underway.  Any donation you can make will be greatly appreciated.  We have a fundraiser every so often and now that the treasury is on the low side, you can help us out.  Funds are used most judiciously for NW operating expenses such as the McGruffmobile (NW Golf Cart) and other items.  Our books are always open.  There is a designated, well-marked lock box for this fundraiser – in the library – with envelopes for your convenience.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

Patrol Schedule: Linda Jones

Contact Linda if you wish to help out.  January is posted.  There is always room for you and we can always use temporary help.  Give it come consideration, please.

 

McGruffmobile – please notify Lenore by phone if there are any concerns with the golf cart or its equipment rather than just leaving a note.  Rich Debackere is our go to person (thanks).

Flashlights:  I could use a volunteer to do the Flashlight batteries (to keep them charged) – simple job and very appreciated.  We are doing 2 Patrols a night now and in the dark.  Jean has kept them charged all summer and could use a break.  Thanks to her.

 

NW Dog Watch - a new announcement to Sunshine’s assets.  You are all deputized so make your own hours.  You and your pup just keep an extra pair of eyes and ears out for suspicious or unusual behavior.  If ya see somethin’ – say somethin’.  To report SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, Harlingen Police - call 956 216 5940.  You will get a human dispatcher so have your story straight – who what when where – any drugs, any colors, direction of travel etc.  Tell them you are NW from Sunshine.    

 

Sunshine Street Strutters – you are back on duty. Your “strutting orders” are like Dog Watch.

Stay alert, call in suspicious activity.        How ‘bout a NW Bike Patrol? – any takers?  

 

Vendor Program:

This program was removed by a SEPO Board decision last year at a SEPO Informational meeting.  (under protest by me).  The game plan was that VENDORS and CONTRACTORS – must report to the Office.  NW Orange Cards were issued especially if their vehicle was not clearly and visibly identified by a Business Logo on the vehicle.   It was each resident’s responsibility to make sure they reported in.  The homeowner could also get a supply or Orange Cards from me for their project. These Orange NW cards were placed in the worker’s vehicle (dashboard) to show they were invited.  (stuff happens in plain sight). 

Plan - Would like your feedback to resurrect this again. 

 

Also, we have a sign NO SOLICITING – big as life on our Front Gate.  That means no trespassing, no door-to-door activity.  All “Vendors” should report to the Office.  Authenticity can be verified by them having been issued a City of Harlingen Vendor ID tag.

 

Block Captains – who’s where?  (I still don’t have a current list)

Each of our 9 streets should have a Block Captain and sufficient Co-Captains depending on the numbers of homes there. You are simply an extra pair of “eyes and ears”. There is an official NW guide available – not a heavy task. 

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Surveillance assets: 

If anyone wants to volunteer to help with these duties, please call me.

     *IR Sensaphone – Storage Lot - there will be an in-service soon on this by Tom Gossman.

     *Cameras – Front gate – plans still under advisement – to keep or not, to get new or not.

Buzzers and solar lights…..   resident responsibility - still a good idea – some areas are still very dark on streets and behind or in between homes.  Bad Guys are allergic to light.

 

Operation ID – signup sheet     Operation ID Inventory sheet

Get your stuff ID’d, take pictures and build an inventory – serial numbers and all.  Make a CD.  Then we can engrave your stuff and then the PD and you have this on a file in case of.  Your Insurance company will luv it.   

 

NEW BUSINESS:   Free, for you:   RED envelopes and a brief medical “health history” page are available in the Library, c/o Women’s Club. Upon going to the hospital, these concise, current medical forms are a handy tool with your medical history for MD or ER staff.  There is one for Pets too.

 

Operation ID - Harlingen PD - forms are by the NW bulletin Board.

Complete your Inventory List, take a photo, we can assist in getting the ID engraving done and then you have a great asset for your insurance in case of.

 

Valerie has “EMERGENCY CONTACT” forms in the Office.  Please keep these all up to date.

 

Lesson of the day:

Sunshine Community engagement – We are not the general public and our community is designed for safety and security by virtue of our faithful Neighborhood Watch under the guidance of our Harlingen Police & Combes Police.  Our CERT Team works with the Harlingen Fire Department.  But we understand it is everyone’s responsibility to be prepared, be smart and mess up the plans of the Bad Guys. 

 

NW Block Captains are a great communication strategy – you are doorsteps away from the action or the concern.  You can affect messaging and tactics. There are nine streets.  The longer streets should have several Co-Captains and its covered.  Encourage residents to express their experiences and offer a safe space to air concerns.  And don’t forget in thinking of a project – remember it can be part of a social activity.  (COVID-19 constrictions considered).  Call me if you are interested.

 

Everybody:  Responsibilities:  Be alert.  Know your neighbors and look out for each other.  Strange things happen in plain sight.  Cars, vans, trucks moving slowly thru streets with no apparent destination or without lights, a stranger sitting in a vehicle…. should cause concern.

Call 911 for emergencies or 956 216 5940 to report suspicious activity.  You will talk with the Harlingen PD dispatcher -- explain what happened.  Have your thoughts together.  Describe the suspect – sex race age ht wt hair color clothing (gangs have tattoos, use colors to ID their gang), other distinctive characteristics – beard, mustache, scars, accent etc.  Any guns or drugs – establishes a higher priority.  Where were they headed?  On foot, vehicle, bicycle etc.  Do Not pick up their packages! Describe the vehicle – color make model year plate special features – bangs, dents, decals, stickers etc.) 

 

FYI:  You are invited -- as a sidebar, not NW, John and I watch over the AED and the Stop the Bleed bags.  They are not a NW-CERT project.  If you want a COVID-19 compliant orientation or would like to know more, please notify us.  The AED is in a RED cabinet hanging on the wall facing the Pool (rear outer wall of the Library – Office building.

                                                If you have to use it CALL 9 1 1 first.

 

Next NW-CERT meeting -- Monday 15 February (3rd Monday) – Virtual      

Corvid commandments: Wear your mask   Wash your hands   Social Distancing   Act Responsibly😷

 

Sent 2020-11-15: Neighborhood Watch VIRTUAL Meeting Monday 16 November 2020 - 

Dear Friends, Please take some time and review this info.  Thanks

Lenore J Combs 956 234 1276   NW - CERT Coordinator   😷❤
 

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Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team (Est. 2008)
SCCE - Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team.
 
 Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for each other!

VIRTUAL Agenda – Monday – 16 November 2020 3pm

Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276   LJCombs44@gmail.com
 
Dear NW-CERT Volunteers and Friends,
 
Introduction:  Good afternoon!  Let’s treat this format as though we were really at our meeting.  The Corvid Commandments have cramped our style but not our spirit.  Let’s give our NW-CERT Volunteers a big round of applause for their time and talent regarding NW responsibilities. 
 
NW-CERT meetings are open meetings – we welcome you whether or not you volunteer and we welcome your constructive ideas.  (Wow, I sure do miss having our meetings in person).  
There are many varied NW projects in which to get involved – so call me.
 
(virtual) Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance, Moment of Silence – thoughts for special intentions,
Introduction of guests or new residents.

Anyway, the holidays are closing in and from our point of view, CORVID to Cybercrime, it can be a challenge to get past the obstacle course. Thoughts and prayers go out to one and all – stay strong and have a great Happy Thanksgiving.
 
The last two meetings covered Disaster Preparedness and Fire Prevention topics but this month let’s plan to outsmart the Bad Guys for the Holidays. Keep a few lights on for the Porch Pirates.  They’ll be checking driveways for their Christmas presents.
 
Cybercrime is a serious concern. Pyramid schemes and Phishing scams are in fashion - keep a sharp eye out. Don’t be a statistic. (predicted over $189 billion dollars during the Holiday days will be secretly snatched). A few creative scams: - is for CORVID testing. The FDA does have some legit “Home Kits” but many are not approved nor are they accurate. Medicare beneficiaries are the perfect target. There are also fake “testing sites”. 
 
Fake phishing scams, phone calls, emails claiming to be from the CDC, stimulus scams, charity scams, miracle cure scams, shopping scams, app scams, coupon scams from ads from retailer websites, Pet Adoption scams and the beat goes on. If it sounds too good to be true – follow your instincts. Don’t click on suspect links. Keep your personal info close (SS numbers, credit cards, bank account info etc.) Check your devices. Are your passwords strong? Are you using the 2-factor authentication? Only shop thru trusted sources. Is the deal the deal?  If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck – It is a duck! Use safe methods for your purchases.
 
What is Ransomware? Ransomware is a type of malicious software (malware) that Cyber criminals love! They extort money from you – very easy. When activated, ransomware encrypts information stored on your computer and the attached network drive. It demands a ransom payment in exchange for the decryption key. Ransomware incidents can severely impact business processes and compromise the data they need to operate. (Very heavy subject but many good resources and training are available). 
 
And now for something lighter and fun…….. How ‘bout we schedule a VIRTUAL Finger Lickin’ Chicken fundraiser for the Neighborhood Watch. These funds will be graciously welcomed and scrupulously used. We could schedule it for January or just make a check out to Neighborhood Watch. I need your feedback.
 
New Business:
Sgt. Michael Fechner HPD is our NW Liaison. Assistant Chief Miryam Anderson assigns an Officer to be our contact for consultation since PD does not currently come to our meetings. (Corvid stuff). The other day we did receive a “TOYS FOR TOTS” box. This is a partnership with the Marine Corps. A SEPO notification will come out with details. “Shop With A Cop” and other Christmas wrapping parties are in the works but no details yet. 
 
OLD BUSINESS:
Patrol Schedule: Linda Jones

Contact Linda if you wish to help out. There is always room for you and we can always use temporary help. Give it come consideration, please
 
McGruffmobile – please notify Lenore by phone if there are any concerns with the golf cart or its equipment rather than just leaving a note. I noticed a squeak in the rear driver side last night. Rich Debackere looks after the McGruffmobile for routine stuff – batteries, working condition etc. Thanks to him for a most appreciated job. SEPO has it insured as though it was SEPO equipment.
 
Flashlights:  I could use a volunteer to do the Flashlite batteries (keep then charged) – simple job and very appreciated. We are doing 2 Patrols a night now and in the dark (sort of). Jean has charged them all summer and could use a break. Thanks to her.
 
NW Dog Watch - a new addition to Sunshine’s assets. You are all deputized.  Make your own hours. You and your pup just keep an extra pair of eyes and ears out for suspicious or unusual behavior. If ya see somethin’ – say somethin’.  To report SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY, call 956 216 5940. You will get a human dispatcher so have your story straight – who what when where – any drugs, any colors, direction of travel etc. Tell them you are NW from Sunshine.    
 
Sunshine Street Strutters – you are back on duty. Your “strutting orders” are like Dog Watch.
Stay alert, call in suspicious activity.        How ‘bout a NW Bike Patrol?   
 
Vendor Program:
This program was removed by a SEPO Board decision last year at a SEPO Informational meeting.  (under protest by me).  The game plan was that VENDORS and CONTRACTORS – must report to the Office.  NW Orange Cards were issued especially if their vehicle was not clearly and visibly identified by a Business Logo on the vehicle.   It was each resident’s responsibility to make sure they reported in.  The home-owner could also get a supply or Orange Cards from me for their project. These Orange NW cards were placed in the worker’s vehicle (dashboard) to show they were invited.  (stuff happens in plain sight).  Would like your input to resurrect this again.  The SEPO Informational Meetings were the forum back in the old days.
 
As a word of caution, our Front Gate has not been on duty.  More and more traffic is coming through by the nature of more folks here now. 
 
Emphasis – (beg your indulgence, but worth repeating) - If there is a vehicle in here without ID – consider it suspicious. Inquire nicely as to the nature of their business – if it smells fishy – get the PLATE!   If you see something – say something!
 
And – we have a sign NO SOLICITING – big as life on our Front Gate.  That means no door-to-door bologna. If anything, “vendors” should report to the Office.  Authenticity can be verified by them having been issued a City of Harlingen ID tag.  (I’m sure you are aware but sometimes “official” shirts etc. that are carelessly left in a 2nd Hand Store and can be a Bad Guy’s dream. Once I even bought a Homeland Security shirt – official emblem and all).
 
Block Captains – who’s where?  (I still don’t have a current list)
Each of our 9 streets should have a Block Captain and sufficient Co-Captains depending on the numbers of homes there. You are simply an extra pair of “eyes and ears”. There is an official NW guide available. 
           Montana Nebraska Missouri Michigan Indiana Wisconsin Iowa Minnesota Kansas
 
Surveillance assets: 
If anyone wants to volunteer to help with these duties, please call me.
IR Sensaphone – Storage Lot
Cameras – Front gate
Buzzers and solar lights…..   resident responsibility - still a good idea – some areas are still very dark on streets and behind or in between homes.  Bad Guys are allergic to light.
They belong to SEPO but a NW volunteer to assist would be very welcomed.
 
Operation ID – signup sheet     Operation ID Inventory sheet
Get your stuff ID’d, take pictures and build an inventory – serial numbers and all.  Make a CD.  Then we can engrave your stuff and then the PD and you have this on a file in case of.  Your Insurance company will luv it.   
 
Almost done- FYI (as a side bar, not NW) – John and I watch over the AED and the Stop the Bleed bags.  They are not a NW-CERT project.  If you want a CORVID compliant orientation or would like to know more, please notify us.  The AED is in a RED cabinet hanging on the wall facing the Pool (rear outer wall of the Library – Office building).
                                                If you have to use it CALL 9 1 1 first.
 
Next NW-CERT meeting -- Monday 21 December– Virtual      
 
Corvid commandments: Wear your mask   Wash your hands   Social Distancing   Act Responsibly

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Sent 2020-10-18: NW - CERT virtual meeting for Monday 19 October 2020 - 

Dear Friends, Please enjoy this virtual meeting. Our mission for NW-CERT is a sincere effort by all to keep Sunshine a safe place to live. Covid-19 Commandments have cramped our style for getting the word out. The new normalcy has had a weird effect on folks. With our comradery we can overcome frustrations and still give back to our community. I included a Fire safety test - thought it would add a new dimension to your skill set 😀     Thanks
--     Lenore J Combs 956 245 1276   Coordinator NW-CERT   😷❤󾓦🎃

Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team
(Est. 2008)
SCCE - Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team.
 Lights On -- Lock Up and Look Out for each other!

 

VIRTUAL Agenda – Monday -- 19 October 2020
 

Lenore J. Combs, Coordinator 956 245 1276   LJCombs44@gmail.com

 
Dear NW-CERT Volunteers and Friends,

Introduction:  Good afternoon!  Let’s treat this format as though we were really at our meeting.  The Covid-19 Commandments have cramped our style but not our spirit.  First let’s greet our NW-CERT Volunteers and give them a loud resounding round of applause for their time and talent concerning NW responsibilities. 
 
SEPO residents are special too.  Whether or not you are aware, you all are working “under cover”.  We expect you to keep an extra eye out – this is our community.  And especially we invite our newer residents – “be part of something that matters”.  We miss meeting you for the personal touch and we hope the spirit of Sunshine will grab you because this is a great place. 
 
NW-CERT meetings are open meetings – we welcome you whether or not you volunteer.  However, here is a community opportunity to give back so that Sunshine can remain a safe place to live, play and retire.  Safety and security are everyone’s responsibility.  Your input is important to us.  We have 304 homes here – if each family gave some support and/or time, it would make a dream come true.
 
(virtual) Welcome, Pledge of Allegiance, Moment of Silence – thoughts for special intentions, Introduction of guests or new residents.
 
We have patrols 365.  Summer (April – September at 8:30pm) and two Winter patrols a night (October – March 8:30p and 10:30pm). You will be fully oriented and will not have a job for life.  Linda Jones makes the schedules.  Contact her for details and specifics (573-631-7849).  We have almost every night covered but could always use a spare volunteer.   
 
We have several other associated projects too.  Call me.  Lenore (956-245-1276).
 
OCTOBER is Fire Prevention Month.  In 1922, the National Fire Protection Association named the second week of October in commemoration of the Great Chicago Fire in 1871. Let’s raise awareness, educate our families and our community.
 
Three out of every five home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no working smoke alarms.

  • Less than 50% of homeowners have an escape plan.

  • 60% of consumers do not test their smoke and CO alarms in their home.

Our local Harlingen Fire Department (FD) cannot be here to teach us about fire safety.  Last year, in Retz Hall, we practiced on a FD training tool for fire extinguishers.  By the way – have you checked yours lately?  What about your Smoke Alarms?  Did you know hearing impaired types are also available?  And how’s your CO2 alarms?
 
Daylight Savings Time goes bye-bye on 1 November – great time to check out your fire safety stuff!
 
And don’t forget to thank a firefighter – they are on the front line 24 x 7.  Did you know many are also Paramedics?  They have been pairing with EMS accompanying many calls as a safety issue. 
 
Treasurer’s Report:  (available for asking)
We have $1034.29 in Lone Star National Bank.  Records are available upon request.  I would like another volunteer signer, please.  An annual audit would be appropriate now too.
 
The generator once donated to us many years ago from a dear Sunshine family was removed from our responsibility.  It needed work and care.  A patron offered us a donation of $100.00.   
 
Food for Thought!   Usually at this time of year we plan a Finger Lickin’ Chicken fundraiser for our Neighborhood Watch.  -- The McGruffmobile - gets rode hard and put up wet! Funds acquired are for Golf Cart maintenance etc., items for the Golf cart (enclosed cover, flashlights, batteries, fire extinguishers, First Aid kit etc. and other NW needs.)  These funds are overseen.         
 
In the pre-Covid-19 days, Harlingen Firefighter volunteers did a spectacular FLC grilling activity     out by our Gazebo.  ½ chubby chicken surrounded in Mesquite wood slow cooked and all!  Yum. And the neighbors knew the deal was on because of the tempting aroma along Texas Avenue. 
 
The firefighters (on their day off) would begin at o’dark-thirty and finish up about 4pm.  We had NW volunteers shuffle these yummy chickens back to Retz Hall.  (HOT).  The fixins’ were ready and furnished (Potato Salad, Slaw, authentic Mexican beans, bread, jalapenos, pickles and yummy desert, coffee, Iced Tea or water.  Such a deal!
 
Let’s think about a VIRTUAL FLC if the real deal can’t be possible.  The funds were graciously welcomed and scrupulously used.  The real deal was usually held in January.
 
New Business
Sgt. Michael Fechner HPD is our NW Liaison.  Assistant Chief Miryam Anderson will assign him to us for consultation since PD does not currently come to our meetings (Covid-19 stuff). 
 
We are waiting to hear who will be our CERT contact from the Harlingen Fire Department as we have cancelled our CERT meetings at the Fire Station for now.
 
Throughout the year, whether it was weather or Bad Guys, Chief Anderson checked on us and so did the HFD CERT.  We are especially lucky to have such Guardian Angels take an interest in us. And don’t forget the Town of Combes – Chief Patrick Quill has also been in touch with me by phone and or email – just checking in.  How ‘bout you drop them a note to say Thanks.  
 
NW and CERT literature is available from me if you would like more info.
The 2020 – 2021 Sunshine NW-CERT Welcome Letter is out for residents. It is also available on the Web site HERE.
 
I created a Neighborhood Watch tri-fold brochure and one for CERT for your consideration.  If we move forward with the plan to print these, I would have to send them out and pay the fee.  We would need discussion and a vote. 
 
In the old days, we were represented at Harlingen Market Days on Jackson, Viva Streets, National Night Out and Welcome Home Winter Texan Festival plus other HPD, HFD and Combes events.  Handouts and other materials were part of it.
 
NW Dog Watch is a new addition to Sunshine’s assets.  You are all deputized.  Wish we could get collars for this activity. – they are available for a fee.    
 
OLD BUSINESS:
Patrol Schedule: Linda Jones
October’s is out and November plus is in the works.  Contact Linda if you wish to help out.
Thanks to all who covered patrols with heat, ‘skiters and knats.
 
McGruffmobile – please notify Lenore by phone if there are any concerns with the golf cart or its equipment rather than just leaving a note.    Rich Debackere (Winter Texan) looks after the McGruffmobile for routine stuff – batteries, working condition etc. Thanks to him for a most appreciated job.  SEPO has it insured as though it was SEPO equipment.
 
Flashlights:  I could use a volunteer to do the Flashlight batteries (keep then charged) – simple job and very appreciated.  Jean has done it all summer and could use a break.  Thanks to her.
 
Vendor Program:
This program was removed by a SEPO Board decision last year at a SEPO Informational meeting.  (under protest by me). The game plan was that VENDORS and CONTRACTORS – must report to the Office.  NW Orange Cards were issued especially if their vehicle was not clearly and visibly identified by a Business Logo on the vehicle.   It was each resident’s responsibility to make sure they reported in.  The home-owner could also get a supply of Orange Cards from me for their project. These Orange NW cards were placed in the worker’s vehicle (dashboard) to show they were invited.  (stuff happens in plain sight).  Would like your input to resurrect this again.
 
Our motivation for the Vendor Program was that one of our Seniors was taken advantage of by a smooth-talking swindler, in broad daylight for $51,000, which her son later discovered.  She drove him three times to the bank to remove the money.  They were caught on tape but the scam could not be pursued because she was with him.   Bank officials and Police looked into it.
 
Emphasis – if there is a vehicle in here without ID – consider it suspicious.  Inquire nicely as to the nature of their business – if it smells fishy – get the PLATE!
Our Sunshine Street Strutters were most vigilant on this duty as well as those casually patrolling while on their morning walk.  If you see something – say something!
 
And – we have a sign - NO SOLICITING – big as life on our Front Gate.  That means no door-to-door bologna. If anything, “vendors” should report to the Office.  Authenticity can be verified by them having been issued a City of Harlingen ID tag.  (I’m sure you are aware but sometimes “official” shirts etc. that are carelessly left in a 2nd Hand Store and can be a Bad Guy’s dream. Once even bought a Homeland Security shirt – official emblem and all).
 
Block Captains – who’s where?
Each of our 9 streets should have a Block captain and sufficient Co-Captains depending on the numbers of homes there. You are simply an extra pair of “eyes and ears”. There is an official NW guide available.  Contact me if you are be interested:
           Montana Nebraska Missouri Michigan Indiana Wisconsin Iowa Minnesota Kansas
 
Surveillance assets:  

IR Sensaphone – Storage Lot
Cameras – Front gate
Buzzers and solar lights…..   resident responsibility - still a good idea – some areas are still very dark on streets and behind or in between homes.  Bad Guys are allergic to light.
They belong to SEPO but a NW volunteer to assist would be very welcomed.
 
Operation ID – signup sheet     Operation ID Inventory sheet
Get your stuff ID’d, take pictures and build an inventory – serial numbers and all.  Make a CD.  Then we can engrave your stuff and then the PD and you have this on a file in case of.  Your Insurance company will luv it.
 
Almost done- FYI (as a side bar, not NW) – John and I watch over the AED and the Stop the Bleed bags.  Sometimes funds for supplies for these items come from the Women’s Club or from SEPO as they are not a NW-CERT project.  If you want an orientation, please notify us.  The AED is in a RED cabinet hanging on the wall facing the Pool (rear outer wall of the Library – Office building).  If you have to use it CALL 9 1 1 first.
 
John and I teach these classes and Pete Moreno, Supervisor for local EMS has evaluated our program several times.
     One “Stop The Bleed” bag is in the Library, one is in the Woodshop and the third is at the Worker’s shop area. This “First Aid Kit on steroids” should not be used for simple cuts & bruises.  Thank you.  They contain special products for Stop – The – Bleed life threatening issues.
 
Next meeting -- Monday 15 November – Virtual
Should be much shorter because now you know the nuts ‘n bolts.
 
Covid-19 commandments: Wear your mask   Wash your hands   Social Distancing   Act Responsibly
Have a Happy Spooktacular Quarantine -- O – Ween     
 

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NW – CERT Fire Prevention Quiz:          
 
1.  How many house fire deaths occur in homes with no working smoke alarms?
40
60
75
80
 
2.  How many times should you check your smoke alarms?
Once a week
Once every 2 weeks
Once a month
Once every 6 months
 
3.  How often should you check the battery?
Every year
Every 2 months
Every 6 months
Every 10 years
 
4.  How often should you replace Smoke Alarms?
Never
Every 5 years
Every 10 years
Every 20 years
 
5.  How many escape routes should household members have?
2
3
5
1
  
6.  When using a fire extinguisher what word should you remember?
PULL
PRESS
PLAT
PASS
 
7.  Items should be how far away from places that produce heat (fireplaces, space heaters, etc.)?
One foot
Two feet
Three feet
Four feet
 
8.  How many times should you practice an escape plan with your family?
One time a year
Two times a year
Three times a year
Four times a year
 
9.  How many minutes do you have to escape a fire?
2  minutes
5  minutes
10  minutes
20  minutes
 
10.  A Smoke Alarm should be replaced 10 years from the date of:
Activation
Installation
Manufacture
Purchase
 
11.  Smoke alarm date of manufacture is found:
On the back of the smoke alarm
Inside the smoke alarm
On the front of the smoke alarm
On the test button
 
12.  To check the date of manufacture you need to:
Remove the smoke alarm
Test it
Turn it
Feel it
 
13.  A closed door will slow the spread of:
Smoke
Heat
Fire
All of the above
 
14.  Interconnected smoke alarms are the best because:
If 1 sounds, they all sound
Only 1 will sound
Sound travels
They are installed in every room
 
15.  A Smoke Alarm should be installed by:
A child’s bedroom
A Master bedroom
A guest room
Every sleeping room
 
16.  If the Smoke Alarm sounds:
Check for a fire
Go outside and stay out
Look for smoke
Open windows and stay inside
 
17.  Half of the home fires happen between:
7am – 11 am
11 am – 7pm
7pm – 11pm
11pm – 7am
 
18.  About 60% of home fire deaths happen in home fires with:
Working smoke alarms
No working smoke alarms
No smoke alarms
No working or no smoking smoke alarms
 
19.  When smoke alarms are present but do not operate, it is usually because they
Are defective
Have a dead battery
Have missing or disconnected batteries
Are improperly installed
 
20.  The leading cause of home fires is:
Cooking
Electrical
Heating
Smoking
 
21.  Every home needs:
Working smoke alarms
Smoke alarms on every level
Inside each bedroom and outside each sleeping area
An escape plan
All of the above

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Address:

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