Foster Teen CERT
Foster SAFE was established in 2011 and became a formal ASB club in 2012. In 2016, the club partnered with the City of Tukwila to become Teen CERT (Community Emergency Response Team).The Club Advisor and Program Manager is Darlene Aguiluz.
2017-2018 Club Officers
- President – Ekua Monkah
- Vice President – Siang Dim
- Kristina Te – Treasurer
- Aranza Torres-Silva – Secretary
A total of 12 students and 2 Foster High School teachers took CERT Training this past August. This was the first time we did a combined teen and adult class and it went really well. Foster Teen CERT meets the 1st and 3rd Friday’s of the month in Room 104. We will be assisting with accountability at our fire drills this year, as in years past. On October 23, King County Emergency Management held their Take Winter By Storm media outreach at Foster High School. The club president and vice president were interviewed by King County Emergency Management personnel and news media outlets. Other club members were also present and were able to view the county’s emergency equipment and vehicles that they would use during a flooding event. Students learned a lot about the risk of flooding in the county and the response to a flooding event and even appeared on Q13 News and King County’s Take Winter By Storm Facebook page.
As a fundraiser to support club activities, we designed and sold a customizable basic emergency kit and a first aid kit that were sold Foster’s craft fair on December 9th. Teen CERT students participated in the MLK Day of Service on January 15 at Tukwila Park. Students helped remove invasive ivy and spread 12 yards of mulch. On February 16th, the Teen CERT Advisor met with King 5 news and the Red Cross about how to design a family communications plan. Her personal emergency kits were also reviewed, including her car kit, CERT gear, first aid supplies, ham radio kit and her “I have to walk 16 miles home” backpack. Information learned from this experience was shared with the Teen CERT students during our meeting after school that day. This will also be part of a future segment that King 5 is putting together. Future planned activities include Stop the Bleed Training in May at Harborview. On April 19th, 13 members of Teen CERT are signed up to visit King 5 News and hear how the media views their role in a disaster. While this topic was covered in the students CERT training, this will provide them insight to how the media views this versus FEMA or emergency responders. After this meeting members will attend the Mariners baseball game, then back to King 5 to view the 4pm news taping.
We also elected our officers for the 2018/2019 school year. Congratulations to Dora Reyes Saavedra, President, Noelle Humkey, Vice-President, Zavannah Ferrer, Secretary and Jordy Uribe, Treasurer.
Our activities for the year will conclude with Stop the Bleed at Harborview in May and a Teen CERT class (to be scheduled) in July.
2016-2017 Club Officers
- President – Sara Arevalo-Rivas
- Vice President – Ekua Monkah
- Secretary – Aranza Torres-Silva
- Treasurer – Open
On August 1, two Teen CERT members, the Teen CERT Club Advisor, Darlene Aguiluz and Raejean Kreel from the City of Tukwila’s Emergency Management took part in a Panel Discussion at the Puget Sound ESD’s Safety Summit. The topic of discussion was Engaging Vulnerable Populations in Student Driven Safety Teams. Leary Labanlic and Serena Nget spoke very eloquently about the Teen CERT program, answered audience questions about the importance of safety education.
Teen CERT 4 started on and graduated on November 19, all students in this class signed up to help with our school-wide drills. A total of 11 students received their CERT qualification.
We held two CERT skills refreshers this year. The first refresher covered Lifts and Carries on October 19. Participants also learned how to use the school’s evacuation chair. On November 16th, we reviewed Fire Safety and practicing putting out a fire the CERT way.
On December 7th, seven members of the Teen CERT program, visited the Museum of Flight. This was an opportunity for the veteran Teen CERT students to meet the some of the graduates from Teen CERT 4. They had a great time and the consensus was they want to go again.
On January 4th Serena Nget and Siang Tha Dim attended the Foster Staff Meeting and presented to the staff. They explained Teen CERT’s role in our emergency drills and how Teen CERT students can be of assistance to staff during an emergency.
After the first class being cancelled because of snow, we finally held a First Aid/CPR AED class on March 2, 6 Teen CERT member and 4 additional students attended and received their Heartsaver cards.
On March 24, two Teen CERT members volunteered as victims at an adult Final CERT drill in Auburn, Washington. Auburn was very appreciative of their assistance as it is hard to get volunteers for a daytime drill.
Our final regular scheduled meeting took place on April 25. New officers were elected.
2015-2016 Club Officers (Club changed to Teen CERT in March, 2016)
- President – Fatuma Hassan
- Vice President – Fadumo Diriye
- Treasurer – Farhiya Abdi-Ahmed
- Secretary – Fadumo Warsame
This year, the club held one Teen CERT Class with 16 students participating. These students graduated on March 26 and are prepared to help in their communities as needed. Several CERT skill refresher trainings were held covering cribbing, blanket carry and drags, chair carry. Students also were trained in how to use the school’s evacuation chair. We also invited Raejean Kreel from Tukwila’s Emergency Management Office to speak to our Leadership students on the wildfire situation in Eastern Washington and the importance of preparedness and the role CERT program in being prepared and responding to disasters. Students also spoke to classes and prepared an instruction video for our earthquake drill for the Great American Shakeout. As part of our transition from Foster SAFE to Teen CERT we created a Code of Conduct for club members and sent our club advisor to the two-day CERT Program Manager training in Puyallup. On March 25, Teen CERT members handed out water bottles to our school bus drivers to show their appreciation for all they do for our students. We are also working with school administrators to make use of Teen CERT in school exercises. As a result of these discussions, Teen CERT will be actively involved in our next fire drill, with more to come as we move forward with our planning. On April 18th we held a meeting to elect our club officers for next year. We will be working the concession stand at the Soccer game on Friday 4/22 for a fundraiser. We have a field trip and end-of-year celebration on May 31.
2014-2015 Club Officers
- President – Alfredo Prieto
- Vice President – Fadumo Diriye
- Treasuerer – Sara Arevalo-Rivas
- Secretary – Farhiya Abdi
Congratulations to our newly elected officers!
A total of 16 students graduated from Teen CERT at Foster High School this year. Students earned 24 hours of community service and are eligible to continue as CERT volunteers in their community. As CERT is a nationwide program, after graduation, they can register as a CERT volunteer in any city that they live in that has a CERT program. As a CERT volunteer there will be many opportunities for them to help out in their community and to advance their CERT skills and emergency preparedness and response skills. A possible Teen CERT class for August is in the planning stages.
SAFE students manned a table during lunches on 11/10 to promote earthquake safety. They distributed information to students and getting a pledge that the students will talk to their families about earthquake preparedness at home. Students who sign the pledge will receive their choice of a wristband, pencil or out-of area contact pouches. We had over 50 students and staff commit to talking to their families about earthquake preparedness in general or just setting up an out-of-area contact. FEMA’s Shake Out video was shown in classrooms to approximately130 students as well.
SAFE kids also handed out free emergency blankets and ponchos at some of the basketball games. During April, several students attended a self-defense class offered during the day. Students also conducted a fund-raiser at the weekend dance competitions and held a Jersey Mikes fundraiser, all of which will help support club activities next year.
We held a fundraiser with Jersey Mikes at Southcenter and raised $391 to support club activities. In addition, we manned a concession stand at a weekend dance competition to raise money. Our investment was $119 and we made aproximately $40 profit.
Officer elections, an end-of-year field trip to the Pompeii exhibit at the Pacific Science Center, and a year-end celebration will wrap up this school year’s activities.
2013-2014 Club Officers
- President – Paige Johnson
- Vice President – Hassan Abdi
- Secretary – Jamuna Budhathoki
- Treasurer – Gass Hersi
Highlights for this year: Theme for October is Earthquake Preparedness month. Foster High School is participating in the Great American Shakeout. As a continuing education piece of the school-wide drop cover and hold earthquake drill. Fifteen Foster SAFE members spoke in their respective classes about earthquake safety and answered questions from their fellow students. Students worked the concession stand at the Football game on 9/20. Funds raised will be used to support club activites throughout the year. Tee-shirts were ordered for 15 new club members.
November’s theme is First Aid. A CPR and First Aid class available through the Tukwila Fire Department was promoted to students and staff. Approximately 15-17 FHS students and 3 staff members attended the class at the Tukwila Community Center on 11/16. A big thank you goes out to the City of Tukwila for their support of our students.
During December, club members are learning about the hazards for Washington, and disaster preparedness. They learned about hazards in our area, the difference between an emergency and a disaster, the importance of a family plan, emergency kits, stocking the pantry for a disaster, psychology and recovery.
On February 20th, we hosted a Family Emergency Night in the Commons with help from the Tukwila PTA, the King County and City of Tukwila Emergency Management and the Red Cross. Students talked about and demonstrated ways to stretch the home pantry and the importance of emergency kits for the entire family. An award winning guest speaker spoke about the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning. The Tukwila PTA was so impressed with the presentation that they invited Foster SAFE to Tukwila Elementary to do the same presenation there for their families.
Six students that worked the family night went on a field trip on March 31 to Tukwila’s main fire station, where they learned more about the CERT program, and careers in emergency management. They toured the station and saw the police department mobile EOC. Then they traveled to Renton and toured King County’s Emergency Communications Center and learned about what happens there as well as the 911 call center and careers and volunteer programs for both the City and the King County ECC.
Our budget has been set for next year and includes anticipated revenue from fundraising efforts and expenses such as the cost of club shirts, a field trip (tentatively to the Museum of Flight), snacks for our meetings and miscellaneous espenses.
May 8th at Tukwila Elementary School, we presented “Family Emergency Night – Take 2”. This event was sponsored by the Tukwila Elementary PTA and featured information booths from King County and City of Tukwila Emergency Management, Costco, the Red Cross, Bicycle Safety and the Girls Scouts of America. An award-winning, nationally recognized guest speaker, Mr. Mohammed Ali who spoke on the dangers of carbon monoxide poisoning and the importance of being prepared and Rajean Kreel from the City of Tukwila Emergency Management Division also spoke on the importance of preparedness and the CERT program. A light dinner and door prizes were included. Approximately 60 members of the Tukwila community attended.
Effective with the May 14th meeting, we are moving our meetings to Wednesdays to avoid conflicts with other clubs. Nominations for officers will take place on 5/14, with elections being held on 5/21. Our End of Year celebration will take place at the next meeting, which will be our last official meeting for the school year.
There is a possibility of a Teen CERT class taking place over 4 days near the end of July. We are working with the City to determine if this is a possibility. Minimum attendance would be 15 students. Maximum would be 20. Stay tuned for updates.
2012-2013 Club Officers
- President – Bal Diyali
- Vice President – Nuvia Martinez
- Secretary – Pawandeep Kochhar
- Treasurer – Paige Johnson
Highlights for this year: Our Constitution was updated to include a Vice President and our club has doubled in size from last year. Club Tee-Shirt design created and approved. Survey of interest for starting a Teen CERT program targeting next year’s Juniors and Seniors was completed. The survey showed more than enough interest to start this program. Community service hours were earned by helping the City of Tukwila with a project. Club members worked several concession stands at basketball games, with funds going to help defray the cost of the club shirts. Excess funds are being carried over to support club activities next year.
2011 – 2012 Club Officers
- President – Pau Piang and Bal Diyali
- Secretary – Bhagi Biswa
- Treasurer – Mamata Tamang
Highlights for this year: Foster S.A.F.E. worked with the District and did a presentation on Fire Safety to the Nepali community. To help prepare for their presentation, club members went to the local fire station and learned how to use a fire extinguisher and met with a representative of the Tukwila Fire Department to learn about fire safety, the causes of home kitchen fires, how to prevent fires and what to do if there is a fire. The also did a presentation for the community on disaster preparedness, that included a Nepali-speaking representative from the Red Cross.