Honeycomb Valley Watch
On January 14, 2019, 22 Honeycomb Valley residents met for the Honeycomb Valley Community Watch. After a delicious potluck supper, Lynn Simpson called the meeting to order. Jackie Parker and Lynn Simpson were the hostesses for the meeting.
Theresa Zeman said that the group had 98 patrol hours reported. Volunteers are needed for patrol. They patrol in four teams. There are signs and lights available for cars patrolling. If you leave the sign on your car, it can be a visible deterrent to criminal activity.
They patrol Honeycomb, Honeycomb Valley, and Waldrop Roads. Pete LeBerte schedules the patrols. He hopes to get a new schedule soon. They recommend patrolling between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. as that is when most home break-ins occur. There have been two or three shed break-ins to get power tools, lawn mowers, etc.
They still have the dangerous open drains. They were advised the best route to take to get them fixed. The officers are working through the issues.
Phil Sims, Marshall County Sheriff, has assigned Doug Gibbs as the new contact for the group. He will be at the March meeting.
Anita McBurnett, director of the Marshall County EMA was the guest speaker. Burnett praised the group for its member participation. She says it is very had to get people to volunteer, especially people younger than age 55.
The Marshall County EMS can do training for the group, including search and rescue, how to organize an Emergency Response Team, how to remove people from hazards, and CERT training. CERT training is a program to certify volunteers for Emergency Response Teams. The training is usually two nights a week and a practice exercise is held at the end of the training.
One of the most important aspects of emergency preparedness is mitigation. Cutting trees under power lines and trees close to structures will prevent power outages and minimize damage. Residents should check drains and ditches to ensure they are clear of debris and open to let water flow to lower the risk of flooding.
The group needs a tool to turn off propane. Radios and flashlights with hand cranks for power and solar chargers for cell phones are recommended.
Everyone should have a weather alert radio or app for your phone. New NOAA radios can be programmed to specific alerts and specific areas. A weather radio can wake you up at night where most people turn their cell phones off. Baron Services has a very good weather alert app for cell phones.
Hebron Community Watch
About 30 residents met for a potluck supper and Hebron Community Watch meeting. Wayne Whitaker opened the meeting.
Phil Sims, Marshall County Sheriff, was the guest speaker. He introduced Doug Gibbs, Chief Deputy Sheriff, and Steve Guthrie, Assistant Chief Deputy, who also attended.
They have cut down on contraband in the jail. They are hiring more deputies and administrative staff. Sims plans on making sure there is a school resource officer in all schools.
There are several programs he wants to get started. He wants to have the inmates out picking up trash. Civilian gun safety training is important. The Sheriff’s Department is trying to get an app that would alert residents to problems in their area. They are building a new website at marshallso.org.
He hopes to revive the Reserve Deputy Program. This is a volunteer program requiring 80 hours of training. The volunteers ride as backups for regular deputies. They must work at least sixteen hours a month and work four hours at a time.
Rhonda Southers Guthrie, and Rudy Pritsky celebrated birthdays. Happy birthday!