Hello everyone!

Did you know that CERT can be used year-round if need be?  Did you know that CERT isn’t just for Hurricane seasons?  The Community Emergency Response Team can be activated all throughout the year if there were other disasters in our areas such as man-made disasters, biological and chemical disasters.

Did you know that during events such as parades and other activity’s like festivals that the fire department can and does use CERT team members to man booths at first aid locations throughout the event.  Don’t you find it strange that we have all these different kinds of climate change and going on all around us such as the deep freeze up in the northern states going from Georgia all the way up to Maine this year. We here in Florida also had a cold spell that has been unusual in that the first time in 30 years it snowed in Tallahassee, Florida!

Would you know how to treat somebody if they became hypothermic? If you lived up in the northern part of the States would you know how to prepare? If you are interested in knowing how to keep yourself and your loved ones prepared for the worst as well as be able to treat them and others if the need arises then I invite you to take the free course offered at Palm Beach State College to become a CERT member and then join our team here at Huntington Pointe. Please contact me on the phone number provided below if you are interested in signing up.

Michael Wassarman Palm Beach County Certified CERT Instructor, Cell Number: 561-322-6657

Hurricane Preparedness

Health and first aid

  • 1 bottle of shampoo
  • 1 box sanitary hand wipes/liquid
  • 1 large tube of toothpaste
  • 1 antiseptic
  • 1 deodorant
  • 1 hydrogen peroxide
  • 1 Petroleum jelly
  • 3 boxes of quick energy (Ie. granola bars or raisins)
  • 1 box of crackers
  • 4 cans of fruit
  • 5 cans of meat
  • 4 cans of vegetables
  • 1 large can of juice
  • Instant coffee / tea / powdered drinks
  • 1 bottle of shampoo per household members
  • Buy a new first aid kit
  • If you live in a villa, buy an ABC fire extinguisher
  • 2 boxes of large plastic zip bags and plastic wrap
  • Assorted plastic containers with lids
  • You will also need one gallon of water per person for at least 7 days. Please remember that the bottled water only last for 6 months! The plastic starts to deteriorate  causing the water to become contaminated.

This is also a time to do your to-do list before the season starts such as

  • Make a family plan. Who does what and where will your family ride out the storm.
  • Locate your water meter and electrical shut off.
  • Install/test your smoke detector
  • Photocopy important papers and store safely
  • Obtain cash or travel checks
  • Establish an out-of-state contact to call in case of emergency
  • You should consider buying camping lantern and batteries for camping lantern in case electricity goes out and you have no power
  • Portable camp stove or grill
  • Battery operated radio
  • Flashlights / Flashlight batteries

This is just a partial listing of things that you should start to do now to prepare for the beginning of hurricane season so that you don’t become overwhelmed.  If you would like to be a member of the Community Emergency Response Team as well as receive free professional training please contact me.

This month our CERT team invited Mr. Michael Merrell and Pat Johnson from the emergency operation command out of West Palm Beach to give a presentation on Hurricane preparedness on Thursday June 8th in our Ballroom. Pat spoke about the importance and the role of C.E.R.T. (Community Emergency Response Team)

Mr. Morrell then Gave presentation on Hurricane preparedness. I opened it up for questions and answers at the end and the participation was fantastic! Both Mike Morrell​ and Pat Johnson did a phenomenal job. I am ever grateful and thank them for everything that they shared.

On Wednesday June 14th we had a CERT refresher course in our Ballroom. I am ever grateful for our new CERT member Bill Greenberg who helped me share about the psychological effects what happens after a disaster. Bill is a psychiatric nurse. He also holds a master of science and clinical nurse.

Louise Wolkis also is a registered nurse and did the medical exercise Refresher.

Florida statute “465.0275 emergency prescription refill

(1) In the event a pharmacist receives a request for a prescription refill and the pharmacist is unable to readily obtain from the prescriber, the pharmacist may dispense:

(A) A one-time emergency refill of up to 72- hour supply of the prescribed medication; or

(B) A one-time refill of one vial of insulin to treat diabetes mellitus

(2) If the Governor issues an emergency order or Proclamation of a State of emergency, the pharmacist may dispense up to a 30 day Supply in the areas​ or Counties affected by the order or Proclamation, provided that:

(A) the prescription is not listed for medicinal drug listed in schedule ll appearing in chapter 893.

(B) The medication is essential to the maintenance of life or to the continuation of therapy in a chronic condition.

(C) in the Pharmacist professional judgment, the interruption of therapy might reasonably produce undesirable Health consequences or may cause physical or mental discomfort.

(D) The dispensing pharmacist creates a written order containing all prescription information required by this chapter and chapters 499 and 893 and signs that order.

(E) the dispensing pharmacist notifies the prescriber of the emergency dispensing within a reasonable time after such dispensing.

Mike Wassarman, Palm Beach County certified CERT Instructor. Cell 561-322-6657

COP (Citizens Observer Patrol)

The Huntington Pointe COP Unit, a volunteer group under the auspices of the Palm Beach County Sheriff, patrols our community  and nearby shopping centers daily, where our residents live, shop and dine. We help protect our residents and crime statistics  shared with us by the Sheriff’s office, confirm that communities with an active COP Unit experience far less crime than those without one. Due to age and health reasons, our group lost members and needs to grow. We invite you to attend one of our monthly meetings as a guest on the third Friday of each month to learn what we do. Meetings are held in the Ballroom and coffee and donuts are served  at 10:45 am. Come visit and see what we are about. Any questions?

Vol Lt Larry Goodson  561-499 0149 /  Vol Capt. Moshe Taub 561-495 3912