Sunday, July 26, 2009

National Night Out is August 4th.

Hi folks!

We are still looking for volunteers to participate in the national night out outreach event on Tuesday, August 4th. This is a nationally recognized crime prevention outreach effort; with events scheduled nationwide. In Fairfax County, there are already 126 various outreach events scheduled, with more sure to come. You can find out more info at the following web link:

If you like to talk about CERT, enjoy riding in a police car to various events in the county and helping teach others about the need for emergency preparedness-then this event is for you!

CERT members can participate within their local areas. There are events scheduled within every district in the county.

To join in on the fun; we will need your name, your CERT class number, date of birth,email address and a phone number. Simply send an email to me at with that information. (This information is necessary for FCPD to complete a "ride along" form on each CERT participant.) CERT participation in national night out is open to both CERT basic and CERT 2 graduates.

I know some of you work the national night out event within your own communities-that's great! If you are participating in an event, let us know about it! (Also let us know if you might need some CERT outreach materials.)

Come on out and join the fun!


your volunteer PIO

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Upcoming CERT outreach events-help needed!

Hi folks!
I hope everyone is enjoying the fine weather, and the rest and relaxation a summer vacation brings to you.
Your CERT outreach team is right now resting up, getting ready for a jaw dropping-ly large number of outreach opportunities. Check out the list-below is a listing of confirmed, booked CERT outreach events. I know you are saying, "Boy, that's a LOT of events!" So are we. Boy are we ever..........CERT is popular in the community!
The members of the outreach team would like to ask for your help. We need CERT's to help "talk CERT" in these events. We can talk CERT, but we know you can "talk CERT" too. We need CERT's to help us staff these upcoming events.

This is a perfect opportunity for CERT members to "show their stuff" to the community. Come out, talk to interested citizens about CERT and emergency preparedness. For those who have done outreach, you know how much fun you had; you know how really interested the citizens were in what you had to say. And you know you want to come out and do it again........

For those CERT members who have never helped at an outreach event; give it a try! We talk to citizens about our training, we inform them how to prepare themselves and their families for disasters. We know the importance of emergency preparedness; outreach is your opportunity to help convey that importance to others. It's a great chance to talk about the challenges and excitement you faced, and overcame in CERT training. (EVERYONE enjoys hearing about creative uses for duct tape and sharpies, too).

If you would like to participate in any of these events; please email either myself at or Judy, our outreach coordinator at (and CC one or the other of us so both of us have your information)with the following "stuff":

1.your name and CERT class number (these events are open to CERT basic and CERT 2 class graduates)
2.your email address and a good phone number
3. and most importantly, which event you would like to participate in.
Remember, participation in three CERT outreach events will fully meet the requirements of needing to participate in a yearly CERT refresher.
Come out and enjoy "talking CERT" with others. It really IS easy as 1,2,3.

your volunteer PIO

Tuesday August 4th,2009
National Night Out outreach event-county wide.
We will be participating in this event either through "ride alongs" with police officers as they drive to crime prevention activities scheduled within their respective districs. Or, we may be located in police stations, talking about CERT to citizens. I am waiting on more definitive information and will pass it along as soon as I get it.

Sunday, August 9th, 2009
Emergency preparedness fair-Daventry community
Springfield, VA
This is an emergency preparedness fair for the Daventry community homeowners association, to be held at their community center. Steve of CERT 14 will be handling this event (thanks Steve!). But, if you would like to help him here just let us know.

Saturday August 15th,2009
Get ready Fairfax!
South county government center Alexandria, VA from 10am to 2pm.

We will have our CERT display here, with handouts for the participants.
This event is sponsored by the health department, and is geared to help prepare people for the upcoming winter flu season.A duplicate event will be held in the Reston area on September 12th.

The county health dept. is conducting this event in a rather unique manner; each participant will be issued a "passport for preparedness". As the citizen has his "passport" fully "stamped" by the different organizations displaying at the event, the citizen will recieve a health oriented emergency preparedness starter kit. This kit includes such items as a thermometer, first aid supplies etc.

September is National Preparedness month.

Thursday,September 10, 2009

Positive Aging Fair,

Jewish community of NoVa center
Fairfax VA 8am -230pm

This outreach event is geared towards informing senior citizens of the need to prepare. We will have our CERT outreach booth set up.

Friday, September 11, 2009
Booz Allen Hamilton company preparedness fair
McLean, VA
This company holds an annual emergency preparedness fair for its employees. There will be agencies from all over the DC metro area expected to be here. We will have our CERT display and handouts for the employees.

Saturday, September 12th, 2009 10am-2pm
Get Ready Fairfax outreach event, Reston area.
This is a repeat of the south county event for the north end of the county.

Tuesday, September 22,2009- 6am to 11am
Faith Communities in Action emergency preparedness workshop
Fairfax County Government Center
Board of Supervisors Auditorium

We have been asked to provide a CERT display for this event. The FCIA is a conglomeration of representatives from churches, synogogues, mosques and temples all over Fairfax county. The workshop will educate these congregations on the need and concepts of emergency preparedness.
This is the first in a two part series of emergency preparedness workshops.

Saturday, October 3, 2009
Faith Communities in Action
emergency preparedness workshop 8am-11:30am

USA Today Headquarters Building
McLean, VA
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Exhibits & Registration
9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Program
This is the second FCIA workshop date and time.

Saturday, October 3,2009
Fall for Fairfax
Fairfax County Government Center
8am-6:30 pm
Unsure at this point if we will have an operational role duties at Fall for Fairfax; as we recieve more information we will pass it on to you. We will definitely have a CERT outreach booth at this event.

Saturday, October 10th, 2009
Fire and Rescue Department Open house
multiple fire stations throughout Fairfax County

CERT has been asked to participate in the fire and rescue department open house event. I do not know which stations we will be asked to be in; last year we were in Vienna, Burke, Centreville and McLean. This is an all day outreach/CERT booth event.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms; Can Fail to Warn of a Fire

I received the following press release from the US Consumer Protection Safety Commission.



U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

July 9, 2009
Release # 09-266

Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 524-2086
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Kidde Recalls Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms; Can Fail to Warn of a Fire

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Kidde Model PI2000 Dual Sensor Smoke Alarms

Units: About 94,000

Manufacturer: Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc., of Mebane, N.C.

Hazard: An electrostatic discharge can damage the unit, causing it not to warn consumers of a fire.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received two reported incidents of smoke alarm malfunctions involving electrostatic discharge during installation. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Kidde dual sensor smoke alarms model PI2000. The alarms can be identified by two buttons, "HUSH" and "PUSH AND HOLD TO TEST WEEKLY," which are located on the front/center of the alarm. The model number and date code are on the back of the smoke alarm. Only date codes 2008 Aug.01 through 2009 May 04 are included in this recall.

Sold at: Retail, department, and hardware stores and through electrical distributors nationwide from August 2008 through May 2009 for between $30 and $40.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should contact Kidde immediately to receive a free replacement smoke alarm.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Kidde toll-free at (877) 524-2086 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to:

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

CERT and your everyday life

Hi folks,
I have been asked to post the following question. Please, ask yourself this question and then put it on (virtual) paper.

Have you ever used something that you have learned from CERT in your everyday life?

We would really like to know; answers either way, yes or no are encouraged. Please send an email with your answers to me at

your volunteer PIO

Fireworks Safety

For Americans, Fourth of July celebrations usually signify summer fun, vacations, and the gathering of family and friends, but Independence Day can also bring tragedy. In a typical year, more U.S. fires are reported on July 4 than on any other day and fireworks account for half of those fires. Because most fireworks injuries are preventable, everyone can enjoy a safe and happy holiday by following a few fireworks safety tips.
  • The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home — period. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.

  • Kids should never play with fireworks. Sparklers can reach 1,800° Fahrenheit (982° Celsius) — hot enough to melt gold.

  • Steer clear of others — fireworks have been known to backfire or shoot off in the wrong direction. Never throw or point fireworks at someone, even in jest.

  • Don't allow kids to pick up pieces of fireworks after an event. Some may still be ignited and can explode at any time.

Enjoy the holiday and celebrate safely!