EPPC

The Emergency Preparedness Planning of Canterwood (EPPC) committee provides advice and counsel to the Board on matters related to enhancing the safety of the Canterwood residents through emergency planning. See our EPPC charter here.
 
The committee is committed to educating our community on the need for personal and family preparations for an unforeseen disaster through Map Your Neighborhood, a block organizing program, the development and training behind a strong Ham Radio presence, and the sharing of available resources.
 
Committee Members 
  • Paul Gift - Chair
  • Doug Munday
  • Win Hanson 
  • Kathleen Garfield
  • Patricia Pascoe
  • Wes Weir - Board Liaison
News and Events
Your Canterwood EPPC Team participated in the inaugural CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Basic Training program in August, to launch the Gig Harbor CERT team.  Canterwood had 7 enrolled out of a class of 14.   CERT is a FEMA, and Washington Dept of Emergency Mgmt program, and teaches First Aid response, Light Search & Rescue, Fire Fighting, Active Shooter and other Disaster response skills.  The program is being conducted and taught by Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One personnel, and is a very worthwhile program.  The Basic CERT class consists of 24 hours of classroom instruction, hands on training, and capping with a very realistic disaster exercise.  The next CERT Basic class will be held in October, 2022.  Please see the CERT section below for more information.    
 
The results of the 2022 EPPC Resident survey are in and can be found here.   A summary analysis of the results can be found here
 
Your EPPC team participated in yet another exercise in conjunction with the Peninsula ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) team and Washington DEM (Dept of Emergency Mgmt) on July 30th.   The exercise assumed all normal means of communications were down.  An Emergency Operations Center was set up in the HOA office conference room with two portable ham radio stations in operation.  One station was used to communicate with ham radio operators throughout Canterwood, while the other station was used to communicate with ARES personnel at the Gig Harbor Fire Headquarters’ radio room.  The scenario was Shake and Bake – a heat wave (did not have to dream that up – it was hot!) and a major earthquake affecting the Gig Harbor peninsula.  Various emergency calls from hams and block captains were handled, passed on to Gig Harbor Fire if not able to handle within our Team, and handled locally with resources available at the time.  We always learn more at each opportunity to practice. 
 
Another Ham Radio Licensing Class will be held this October/November.  The class will begin on Oct 25th and continue on for 6 more evening sessions, twice a week.  Click here for the Ham Class flyer and details.  If you would like more information and be put on the list to be notified, please contact Doug Munday at dougmunday@centurytel.net  
 
The Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program now has 15 blocks organized, with two more scheduled in October and November.  We are always looking for people to help organize their block!  If your block has not been organized and you have not learned of the 9 steps to take immediately after a disaster strikes, please contact Doug Munday at the address above.   To learn more about the MYN program you can watch the series of very short videos on the Canterwood EPPC YouTube Channel -
 
To see a map of the current MYN Blocks and their status – green indicates organized – see https://www.canterwood.org/editor_upload/File/Committees/EPPC/Canterwood-Map%20Your%20Neighborhood.jpg
 
CERT
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a FEMA, and Washington Dept of Emergency Mgmt program, and teaches First Aid response, Light Search & Rescue, Fire Fighting, Active Shooter and other Disaster response skills.  The program is being conducted and taught by Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One personnel, and is a very worthwhile program.  The Basic CERT class consists of 24 hours of classroom instruction, hands on training, and capping with a very realistic disaster exercise. 
 
Your Canterwood EPPC Team participated in the inaugural CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) Basic Training program in August, 2022, to launch the Gig Harbor CERT team.  Canterwood had 7 residents enrolled out of a class of 14.  To learn more about the CERT program, please click on this link - https://community.fema.gov/PreparednessCommunity/s/welcome-to-cert?language=en_US
 
If you have question or are interested in attending CERT training, please contact Doug Munday at dougmunday@centurytel.net  
 
CERT
CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) is a FEMA, and Washington Dept of Emergency Mgmt program, and teaches First Aid response, Light Search & Rescue, Fire Fighting, Active Shooter and other Disaster response skills.  The program is being conducted and taught by Gig Harbor Fire & Medic One personnel, and is a very worthwhile program.  The Basic CERT class consists of 24 hours of classroom instruction, hands on training, and capping with a very realistic disaster exercise.  
 
Your Canterwood EPPC Team participated in the inaugural CERT (Citizens Emergency Response Team) Basic Training program in August, 2022, to launch the Gig Harbor CERT team.  Canterwood had 7 residents enrolled out of a class of 14.  To learn more about the CERT program, please click on this link - https://community.fema.gov/PreparednessCommunity/s/welcome-to-cert?language=en_US
 
If you have question or are interested in attending CERT training, please contact dougmunday@centurytel.net
 
Map Your Neighborhood
The Map Your Neighborhood (MYN) program teaches neighbors about the 9 steps to take immediately after a disaster strikes in order to keep your family safe. It also leads to an inventory of the skills and emergency equipment which might be available within your block, and identifies and assist those who might need extra help in a disaster. We have divided Canterwood and the 754 homes into 41 MYN blocks. As of the fall of 2022 we have organized 15 MYN blocks with two more block meeting date set. If your block has not been organized, and you would like to see this happen in your block, please contact the EPPC Chair for more information.
 
The Map Your Neighborhood program is explained with a series of short videos – available on the Canterwood EPPC YouTube Channel:
 
 
Community Map identifying 41 blocks. 
Ham Radio Program
Ham Radio Communications & Training Program:
Canterwood now has 38+ Ham Radio operators within our borders. The EPPC Committee has conducted 5 ham classes and another is planned for Fall of 2022. We have a Canterwood Ham Radio repeater operating on 444.900 MHz with the FCC issued callsign of WW7CW. The repeater has a range of at least 5 miles and allows residents to communicate in all areas of Canterwood with inexpensive 5-watt handheld transceivers. We conduct a weekly communications training net (session) each Monday evening at 6:30 PM on the Canterwood Repeater. We also have a team of hams who can communicate with the Peninsula Fire District 5 HQ and Pierce County EOC, in the event of a disaster, “when all else fails.”  If you would like to learn more about Ham Radio and how to get involved, please contact dougmunday@centurytel.net  NN7D. 
 
Current Ham Class Flyer Link Here.
Annual Report
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