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 2020-10-17: Neighborhood watch Minutes November 2021 - 

Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team  (Est. 2008)

SCCE - Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team.

 

Lights On --  Lock Up  and Look Out for each other!

 

MINUTES – Monday – 15 November 2021 - 3pm - Retzlaff Hall

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

Officers Bravo and  Moreno,  NW HPD District Representatives

Dear NW- CERT Volunteers, Residents and Friends,

This is an open meeting and we welcome your constructive input.    

 

Everyone attending this meeting “in person”, by their presence, acknowledges potential exposure to COVID – 19.  Each person is responsible for his/her own choice as it relates to attending NW-CERT meetings.

 

 We wish to get as many helpful hints and opinions as possible.  You matter.  Sunshine matters.  If you cannot attend, please send me your 2 Cents on this agenda. Thanks.

 

We were visited by Harlingen Police Department which is a common practice.  We are Harlingen’s premier NW.    In the near future they wish to do a presentation on the new Golf Cart Laws.  Stay tuned.  …..

 

Of concern - There are members of our community addressing the speed of vehicles in Sunshine because of some “close calls”.  Our speed limit is 20 mph.  There are also STOP signs and other road markings.  Every driver should be extra careful and be alert.  We are a senor community.  If you lead by example, things will fall in place.  When you drive slower and safely, others will follow.  The STOP calls for the driver to make a mandatory STOP and proceed when safe.  Our residents enjoy walking and bicycling in our community and your cooperation would be greatly appreciated for everyone’s safety – drivers and pedestrians and pets. 

 

In the same vein, another discussion included “stripes” to make the intersection stand out and the STOP sign more apparent.  A consideration was to place a red flag on the top of it and possibly a rotating red light.  Food for thought.  We also have a radar gun…..that we have used in the past – just to prove the speeds. Honestly, some folks don’t realize how fast they go and we don’t need a serious lesson to prove a point. 

 

NOVEMBER begins the countdown for the Holidays.  Please be thinking about how to keep your stuff safe – home, online, personal, driving, shopping, children & family, home, travel, Operation ID, strangers at your door, newspapers at your door etc. 

 

Orange Sunshine decals - If your vehicle or Golf Cart needs an Orange decal, please call me  956 245 1276. 

 

? When is a good time on our schedule for Finger Lickin Chicken???????? 

This is a fundraiser for NW.  Our Harlingen Fire Dept prepares our scrumpdelicious chicken over a slow cooked wood fire grill (yum yum) – out by the Gazebo.  What about alternative sides – have them, not have them, how? catered, prepared in our kitchen at the Hall under scrupulous safety conditions or what?.    2 cents, please

 

NW Evening Patrols:  Linda & Dick Jones.  December’s is ready. 

 

Block Captains:   - We have 9 streets – Depending on the number of homes are there, a Block Captain and Co-Captains play a role is getting out information and sharing it.  How ’bout signing up?

 

Vendor Patrol  –  a resident guided home safety imitative.  We will try to reinstate this by way of homeowner’s responsibility.  Briefly put, it is a protection thing when you are having work done on your home.  For instance, if you are having work done on your house by a vendor, please give them an Orange Card for their vehicle so we all know it is an invited vehicle.  The exception is if the vehicle is clearly marked with the vendor’s name and company etc. (an example could be “Rudy’s Roofing”).  And then you get these Orange cards back when the work is done and discard them.  I have the Orange cards and so does Valerie.  Stuff happens in plain sight and this way the community is aware of legit happenings at your house, your valuables won’t walk away and you can focus on your project.   

 

You do know we have our Sunshine Street Strutters, Dog Walkers and Bike Patrol all under cover as Sunshine’s “eyes and ears”?  Right?????  They will also alert me or the Office for concerns.

 

Operation ID – Officer Bravo  &  Moreno HPD

Contact Lenore 956 245 1276 so we can make arrangements with you. First, complete your Personal Inventory List then we can set up the engraving process & give you the Operation ID decal.  Additional Personal Inventory Lists are available in the Library next to the NW display.

 

Reminder – Keep your Health Histories up to date -  including your personal info at the Office and a spare key.  I have them and the RED envelopes.

 

Classes for NW – CERT:

CPR,   First Aid,   “Hands-Only” CPR,   STOP THE BLEED

Some recently expressed interest  - please contact me    Lenore   956 245 1276

 

Next meeting:   Monday  20 December  2021  3pm  Retzlaff Hall

 

Sent 2021-11-13: NW - CERT Meeting Monday 15 NOVEMBER 2021 - 

Dear Friends - We will have our Neighborhood Watch - CERT meeting Monday at 3pm. Everyone is welcome. The agenda is HERE.     Lenore J Combs 056 245 1276   NW-CERT Coordinator

 

Sent 2021-10-18: CORRECTION: NW - CERT meeting today 3pm COVID instruction - 

Dear Friends, The other day when publishing our NW-CERT meeting agenda, I used some "old" language about COVID-19 and wearing your mask.  
 
I did ask for your 2 cents and your response was heard. I appreciate being called out about "wearing your mask". I cannot mandate that instruction. The decision is respectfully yours.
 
I have incorporated the SEPO Board's COVID stance.  - hopefully this encourages you all to come and enjoy the meeting.. Sorry for the confusion.

Current Covid-19 & SEPO Board decisions can be found on the Web site HERE.

Here is section of that page I was referring to above - 

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This is to/for the entire SEPO Community -
The SEPO Board STRONGLY RECOMMENDS that for all SEPO Organizations’ events throughout this winter, until the Covid-19 exposure issue becomes a non-issue, the chairpersons at each of these events incorporate the following statement into their event Agendas/Notices and verbally state it at the beginning of their event.

Everyone attending this event “in person”, by their presence, acknowledges potential exposure to Covid-19. Each person is responsible for his/her own choice as it relates to attending events.
 
The Board would like to thank everyone for being diligent over the past many months and ongoing in helping to keep our SEPO residents/renters safe.
 
SEPO Board
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Thank you     Lenore J Combs

 

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Sent 2020-10-17: NW - CERT Meeting agenda for Monday 18 OCTOBER 2921 - 

Sunshine Neighborhood Watch – CERT Team  (Est. 2008)
SCCE - Harlingen’s premier NW & CERT Team.

   Lights On --  Lock Up  and Look Out for each other!
 
Meeting Agenda – Monday – 18 OCTOBER 2021 - 3pm - Retzlaff Hall
Lenore J. Combs,  Coordinator  956 245 1276   LJCombs44@gmail.com
Officers Bravo and  Moreno,  NW HPD District Representatives

 

Dear NW- CERT Volunteers, Residents and Friends,
This is an open meeting and we welcome your constructive input.  At the moment I am choosing to call an in person meeting to discuss the future of our NW-CERT program.  We will practice social distance and take as many precautions as possible.   I wish to get as many helpful hints and opinions as possible.  You matter.  Sunshine matters.  If you cannot attend, please send me your 2 Cents on this agenda.
 
Welcome
Coffee & cookies
Pledge of Allegiance
Moment of Silence – Thoughts for your special intentions.

 
Introductions of Guests, new members and new volunteers
 
A huge heartfelt thanks to each and every NW – CERT volunteer   
                                                YOU ARE APPRECIATED.
 
Treasurer’s report:

Bank statement available. 
 
Agenda:
Old Business:

Audience choice
 
New Business
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.  (Margaret Mead)
 
OCTOBER is Fire Prevention Month.  Our local Harlingen Fire Department will visit with us provided they are not on a call.  We will talk about Smoke Alarms, Smoke Detectors, CO2 Detectors etc and how to cook your Turkey without cooking your house.

There is also a new STOP THE BLEED Interactive Course – let’s talk. You can access this mobile version of the course via a link.

1.  NW Evening Patrols:  Linda & Dick Jones
Thanks to Linda for her due diligence on making our Patrol Calendar happen. And thanks to those who help her make it happen.  November’s is ready. 
 
2.  Block Captains:   - We have 9 streets – Depending on the number of homes are there, a Block Captain and Co-Captains play a role is getting out information and sharing it.  How ’bout signing up?
 
3.  CERT Team:   
We update our Sunshine Readiness Plan each April for PD, FD and EMT.  You do not have to be a CERT member to assist.  In March, we generally prepare some hints on how to get your home ready when heading “up North”.
 
5.  McGruffmobile:  NW Golf Cart  (Lenore)      Rich Debackere – winter Texan      
 
6.  Golf Cart Hand-held rechargeable Batteries   - Tom Gossman 
This requires the MagLite batteries to be charged weekly.
 
7.  Cameras – a SEPO Board project – under construction
 
8.  Dog Watch -  Bike Patrol – Sunshine Street Strutters
Thanks for your vigilance – your intel is a big help.
 
9.  Vendor Program:  Lenore   
Do you wish for the Board to reinstate this project?
 
10.  Surveillance: 
SEPO Sensaphone IR System   (This is a Board responsibility)    Tom Gossins
 
11.  Front Gate Cameras –  _________,   _________  John Combs (back-up)
Still need 2 volunteers.
These cameras need to be checked occasionally and downloaded at times.  John Combs needs a volunteer or two to assist.
 
12. Locking up the Buildings
First of all, this has always been a Board responsibility.  If you are scheduled to Patrol and cannot, - no problem – please try to lock up the buildings.  Jean Burgoine is in charge of this area and she is most diligent about her job but security and safety is all about us as a community.  Please make sure when you exit a building, your make sure the door is secure.
 
PS:  According to Women’s Club there is a “honey-do” list for the Chair of a committee having to do with responsibility involving a program – such things as put a/c on 85,  check toilets,  check stove,  lock doors and turn out the lights etc. – see them for the complete list). They are also available on the Web site HERE.
 
Projects:
Operation ID – Officer Bravo  &  Moreno HPD

Contact Lenore 956 245 1276 so we can make arrangements with you. First, complete your Personal Inventory List then we can set up the engraving process & give you the Operation ID decal.  Additional Personal Inventory Lists are available in the Library next to the NW display.
 
Misc:
Vial of L.I.F.E.
decals  -  available.     What about “Who’s Your Buddy” ?
 
RED Envelope  - with current health history.
Complete the health hx, place in red envelope.
If you have a DNR make sure it is in there too.
 
“Sunshine Emergency Contact” forms are available in the Office.  Please keep your info current.  Has the Office a spare key or your designate here in case of ???
 
Refrigerator Magnets    to call in at HPD   216 5940    report suspicious activity.
Have your story together – not an epistle.  You will be speaking to an Officer who simply wants to know what, where, who and how (any drugs or guns?)
 
Next meeting:   Monday  `15 November 2021'  3pm  Retzlaff Hall
October is Fire Prevention Month
 

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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!
 
                        SIGN IN SHEET     Monday 18 OCTOBER 2021

 

We acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and we are taking precautions
accordingly. social distance – sanitation station

 
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All Neighborhood Watch/CERT information prior to Oct 1, 2021 can be found at the following Links.