2024 OEM Volunteer Calendar

Details to events will be sent out via email to volunteers as they are known. Check back during the year as dates can change and additional information and activities are added. 

Note: This calendar is subject to change and is updated periodically as needed.

Questions or interested in becoming a Volunteer? Contact Cheryl Watanabe, EOC Coordinator at cwatanabe@kcgov.us, or (208) 446-1776.

ARES/RACES amateur radio operators may find a calendar of scheduled ham radio activities by following the link for “Amateur Radio” on the left side of the “Be Involved” page.

1st Quarter

1st Quarter “Surprise” Alert! Kootenai Drill – This is an unscheduled drill that will take place, unannounced, sometime during the 1st quarter of the year.

2/08, Thursday, 8:30-11:30 am, EOC Orientation, Part 1 – Required training for all volunteers, this training focuses on working in the EOC during an activation. If you have not taken this training, contact Cheryl for a link to sign up.

2/14, Wednesday, 8:30-12:00 pm, EOC Orientation, Part 2 – Required training for all volunteers, this training focuses on how to setup an activated EOC and how to deactivate it. This course can be taken before or after EOC Orientation, Part 1. If you have not taken this training, contact Cheryl for a link to sign up.

2/27, Tuesday, 9:00-11:00 am, Coffee Talk “Fire in Paradise” – We will be showing a documentary covering the 2018 Camp Fire that destroyed Paradise, CA. This will be followed by a discussion with a local fire representative and OEM on how Kootenai County responds to wildfires. This event is a precursor to volunteer training for Citizen Inquiry (OEM’s informational phone line) being scheduled in April.

3/6, Wednesday and 3/20, Wednesday - 100 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for this large scale KCSO exercise taking place over two Wednesdays in March. Here's your chance to be an actor! Come for the day or half day (morning or afternoon). Contact Cheryl for more info. 

2nd Quarter

4/13, Saturday, “Introduction to Amateur Radio” – This educational event is open to the public and is for anyone interested in ham radio. Hosted by ARES/RACES, OEM’s amateur radio volunteers, it will cover the basics of licensing, equipment, and how to plug into the ham radio community.

4/17 and 23 (2 available dates offered), 9-11:30 am, Citizen Inquiry Training – Volunteers are more likely to serve in Citizen Inquiry than any other section in the EOC. Citizen Inquiry phones provide a way for the public to call in for information during an emergency and are commonly deployed during winter storms and wildfires. Learn how these phones work, and just what kinds of questions and tasks you may need to know to serve in a Citizen Inquiry activation. Watch for emails on how to sign up.

“Surprise” Alert! Kootenai and Citizen Inquiry Activation Drill – Volunteers will practice responding to an initial “standby” alert for Citizen Inquiry, escalating to a call to physically report to OEM for activation. This drill will test volunteer ability to respond to various types of alerts and reveal how quickly volunteers can arrive at OEM when Citizen Inquiry is deployed.

5/29, Wednesday, 8:30-11:30 am, EOC Orientation, Part 1 – Required training for all volunteers, this training focuses on working in the EOC during an activation. If you have not taken this training, contact Cheryl for a link to sign up.

5/30, Thursday, 8:30-12:00 pm, EOC Orientation, Part 2 – Required training for all volunteers, this training focuses on how to setup an activated EOC and how to deactivate it. If you have not taken this training, contact Cheryl for a link to sign up.

6/12, Wednesday - Full Scale Exercise Volunteers are needed to participate as actors in this drill.

3rd Quarter

“Surprise” EOC Activation Drill – Volunteers will practice responding to an initial “standby” alert for EOC activation, escalating to a call to physically report to OEM to setup and deactivate the EOC. This drill will test volunteer ability to respond to various types of alerts and reveal how quickly volunteers can arrive at OEM and setup the EOC when activated, then deactivate it. All volunteers will participate in responding to the alerts. The second half of the drill (reporting to OEM) is open to volunteers that have taken EOC Orientation, Part 2 EOC setup.

8/6, Tuesday, 8:30-12:00 pm, EOC Orientation, Part 2 – Required training for all volunteers, this training focuses on how to setup an activated EOC and how to deactivate it. This course can be taken before or after EOC Orientation, Part 1. If you have not taken this training, contact Cheryl for a link to sign up.

8/6, Tuesday, 3:00-8:00 pm, National Night Out – Volunteers needed to host a preparedness table and amateur radio demo table.

8/7, Wednesday, 8:30-11:30 am, EOC Orientation, Part 1 – Required training for all volunteers, this training focuses on working in the EOC during an activation. If you have not taken this training, contact Cheryl for a link to sign up.

8/16-18, Friday-Saturday, North Idaho State Fair – Teams of volunteers needed to host a preparedness table at the fairgrounds.

4th Quarter

4th Quarter “Surprise” Alert! Kootenai Drill – This is an unscheduled drill that will take place, unannounced, sometime during the 1st quarter of the year.

10/16, Wednesday, 8:30-12:00 pm, EOC Orientation, Part 2 – Required training for all volunteers, this training focuses on how to setup an activated EOC and how to deactivate it. This course can be taken before or after EOC Orientation, Part 1. If you have not taken this training, contact Cheryl for a link to sign up.

10/17, Thursday, 8:30-11:30 am, EOC Orientation Part 1 – Required training for all volunteers, this training focuses on working in the EOC during an activation. If you have not taken this training, contact Cheryl for a link to sign up.

10/25 (tentative date), 5-8pm, Military Family Fall Festival – Volunteers needed to host a preparedness table.

12/5, Thursday, 10-1pm Preparedness for a Cause and Holiday Potluck – We’ll put on the Christmas music while volunteers and OEM staff stuff Go Kits to be given to economically challenged households. Then we’ll continue the festivities with a Holiday Potluck and some fun.