Dear CERT BPC Team Members:
Eight days 'til takeoff!
If you are riding to the breakpoint in a team van, space in the van will be very limited. Remember to pack lightly and compactly! It is a good idea to coordinate with your fellow CERT BPC team members to figure out who is bringing what. (For example, you may want to pack 1 ice chest and 1 wooden mallet for the entire team.)
Saturday Rally Point
We will rally at 5:00 am (or slightly before) on Saturday April 16, 2016 at the Addicks Park & Ride, 14230 Katy Freeway, Houston, TX 77079.
Our van number is Not number yet. The number will be displayed on the front windshield. Check in with me, at the team van, no later than 5:00 am. I will have a list of additional items that need to be picked up from one of the box trucks and loaded in our van before we depart. For example, we will may need to pick up items such as water, bullhorns, radios, flags, etc. for the team.
It is critical that we depart no later than 5:30/5:45 am so that we have enough time to set up the breakpoint entrance and exit before the cyclists arrive. If you are running late or are not going to make the event please call me ASAP at 832-371-3750 or Wendy at (713) 264-2338 so we are not waiting on you.
Overnight Accommodations at Pine Cove
All of our 2 day CERTs BPC teams will be staying overnight at the Pine Cove Campground between Columbus and La Grange. There will be women-only and men-only rooms reserved for us. Room assignments will be posted on the cabin doors. Accommodations are nothing fancy, but very adequate. Bunk beds, hot showers, private bathroom stalls, etc. This is not a hotel! Remember to bring your own towel, soap, shower shoes, and bedding. ("Think camp"!).
A few house rules...
*No smoking inside the rooms
*No alcohol is allowed on the premises
*No Firearms – Even if you a concealed carry or open carry permit
*Bring your (personal) cell phone charger
*Bring a flashlight (It will be dark in the morning!)
Dinner on Saturday & Breakfast on Sunday
Dinner on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday morning will be served at the Knights of Columbus in La Grange. Maps to Pine Cove and Pine Cove-to-Knights of Columbus are attached.
You are "on your own" for lunch on Saturday and Sunday. You are welcome to eat the snack foods provided to cyclists at the breakpoints. However, you may want to bring extra snacks.
Optional Text Message Alerts
An optional text messaging system is available. The system will allow those that have opted in to receive emergency text messages from MS headquarters on your personal cell phone. Any text message you receive through this system is 1-way, i.e. from Event Headquarters to your cell phone. Please note that you will be responsible for all related charges. To opt in, simply text the word: CERT to 68686. If done correctly, you should receive an acknowledgement within an hour.
Please reply to this email so that I know you have received this information.
I am looking forward to working with all of you at the largest bike ride for charity in the country! Go Team!
Dear CERT Breakpoint Controller (BPC) Team Member,
This is the 1st of 3 communications which you will receive regarding the volunteer duties and general information about the weekend events.
I'd like to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am your CERT BPC Team Leader for the upcoming 2017 BP MS150 Bike Ride - Saturday, April 29 - Sunday, April 30. Our CERT BPC Team will be volunteering at breakpoint # 1W on Saturday and breakpoint # 1 on Sunday.
Our team members and their contact information are listed in the attached CERT BPC Team Roster. We have had a few changes.
Please note that every attempt to keep CERT Team members and friends together has been made. However, breakpoint assignments may change at any time, based on the coverage needs of the breakpoints.
Our role as Breakpoint Controllers is to keep cyclists moving into the breakpoint and to direct them to lay their bikes down in the bike laydown area...so as not to clog up the entrance to the breakpoint. All CERTs are to be positioned inside the entrance to the breakpoint...not in the street. Please review the attached Breakpoint Controller Job Description.
Aerial views and diagrams of the breakpoints can be found on the Bolmanski website at: www.bolmanski.com. A direct link to the MS150 information is http://www.bolmanski.com/BPMS150/bpms150.html Please review the "Overview of Breakpoint", For each of the two locations; breakpoint # 1W on Saturday (Hempstead Stadium) and breakpoint # 1 on Sunday (United Methodist Church / Zilss Hall).
Other last minute CERT BPC info may be found at www.certms150.org
You may also optionally text “BPCERT to 68686” on your mobile phone for volunteer updates during event weekend
Attached please find a checklist of What to Pack.
I will be keeping in touch with you via emails. Please don't hesitate to let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Please reply to each of these weekly emails so I know you have received the information.
Please verify your cell phone number with me so that we have it correctly.
I am so glad that you are part of our team!