Friday, April 30, 2010

CERTS Complete Standard First Aid & Adult CPR Classes

This past weekend over 40 Fairfax County CERT's completed Standard First Aid & Adult CPR classes and received certification from the American Red Cross. While this training is not intended to substitute the basic CERT disaster medical first aid, it does give additional knowledge for other situations. These classes were well received by the participants and future classes will be scheduled. Please take advantage of these great opportunities.

Another Blog with Facebook Page

To follow-up on Kevin's In Case of Emergency Blog posting. The Neighbors Helping Neighbors blog, which features many of our local events, training, etc. has been feeding onto a Facebook page, with additional comments from folks in other Citizen Corps programs across the United States.

We recently updated the URL for the page:

Thursday, April 29, 2010

National Capital Region survey offers insight into residents behavior during emergencies

National Capital Region residents offer insights into behavior during emergencies-New Survey details what people would do in 'dirty bomb' attacks

RICHMOND, VA –Most people in the National Capital Region would follow instructions to stay where they are after a radiological dispersion device, or “dirty bomb,” attack, according to a recent survey of more than 2,600 NCR residents. The survey also indicated that if an evacuation were ordered, most people would stay close to the region and not travel far.

Those findings, along with others from the survey, provide emergency and transportation officials with valuable information on public actions during emergencies. Results from the survey will help refine emergency response, traffic movement and evacuation plans.

“The survey provides in-depth information on how residents say they will respond if a regional disaster occurs. The survey data are beneficial to planners and government officials in the NCR as well as surrounding states as we look at potentially providing shelter, transportation and public information to people in need,” said Michael Cline, state coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

The survey explored how people get their information in an emergency, information sources residents trust, the amount of advance preparation people have completed, and the actions they would take under increasing levels of personal threat.
Three scenarios – at minimum, moderate and maximum hazard levels – were created for the survey, starting with a single dirty bomb released in the region, but not near the survey respondent. The maximum level involved a situation with multiple dirty bombs released throughout the region and exposing the population to radiation. The scenarios were varied to learn the effects of four factors: the level of hazard, whether the respondent was at home or at work, whether there was prior notice of the event, and the source of information and instructions about the event.

The complete press release and overall findings can be found at:
“Population Behaviors in Dirty Bomb Attack Scenarios: A Survey of the National Capital Region,” is available at

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I Scream for Ice Cream...

April 28, 2010
4th Annual 31 Cent Scoop NightTime: 5 - 10 p.m.Location: Participating Baskin-Robbins Shops Across the U.S.On Wednesday, April 28,2010, Baskin-Robbins shops across the country will host 31 Cent Scoop Night, from 5:00 pm-10:00 pm. Baskin-Robbins franchisees will reduce prices of ice cream to 31 cents to honor America's firefighters and create an opportunity for consumers to donate to local fire charities. Last year's event was a huge success with more than 600 fire stations and fire service organizations participating in the event to raise money and awareness for local fire programs. We need your help to make this night even more successful and help more fire organizations. For more information visit the

Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday

Thinking about stocking up on batteries & duct tape? How about that power generator? You may just want to wait until May 25 - May 31. Virginia is having a tax holiday during Hurricane Preparedness week. Look at what you can get tax free!

The following hurricane preparedness items may be purchased exempt of the Retail Sales and Use Tax during the "Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday," provided that such items have a selling price of $60 or less per item.

Artificial ice, blue ice, ice packs and reusable ice. Batteries (excluding automobile or boat batteries), including Cell phone batteries. Any portable self-powered light sources including Flashlights, Lanterns, Glow sticks. Tarpaulins, plastic sheeting, plastic drop cloths, and other flexible waterproof sheeting. Bungee cords, rope, Ground anchor systems or tie down kits, Ratchet straps, Duct tape, Carbon monoxide detectors, Smoke detectors, Fire extinguishers, Gas or diesel fuel tanks or containers, Water storage containers, Nonelectric food storage coolers, Bottled water, Manual can openers, Portable self-powered radios (including self-powered radios with electrical power capability) Two-way radios, Weather band radios and NOAA weather radios, Cell phone chargers and First Aid Kits

The following hurricane preparedness items may be purchased exempt of the Retail Sales and Use Tax during the "Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday," provided that such items have a selling price of $1000 or less per item.
Portable generators and generator power cords, Inverters and inverter power cables.

The Virginia Department of Taxation's Hurricane Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday Guidelines and Rules are available online

For additional information on hurricane preparation, visit the Virginia Department of Emergency Management website at

Interesting Blog site

Check out for all sorts of interesting articles. A Citizen's Eye View of Public Preparedness.

Need Volunteers for the next CERT Outreach Event – Asian Fair, May 8th and 9th

Fairfax County CERT has been given another opportunity to exhibit and communicate the CERT and Are You Ready? programs to another portion of the diverse Fairfax County community. The Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnership has coordinated with the Asian Community Services Center to have a CERT display booth included in the Asian Fair 2010 Celebration at the Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Road, Falls Church on Saturday (May 8th, 10:00am -7:00pm) and Sunday (May 9th, 11:00am-7:00pm). This is FREE indoor cultural event that promises live entertainment, a variety of food vendors, cooking workshops, and plenty of exposure to cultural diversity and local businesses. See www.AsianFair.DC for more details.

We will need at least one CERT team of two to staff the booth, answer questions and demonstrate some of your basic CERT skills during the Fair hours. Can you provide just 4 hours of your time on either day to promote CERT and show the value of being a prepared member of the community? The new protocol for CERT events is to have an overall Event Incident Commander (IC) to coordinate with the host, establish tasks and schedule volunteers. There will then be an on-scene IC or Team Leader (each day) to coordinate the schedule, tasks and accountability. This is a great opportunity to become “IC” qualified for future events and learn more about reaching into the community to promote CERT.

Contact the Event IC, James (CERT 32), for more details and to schedule your desired shift/schedule. Indoor event – only need your CERT vest and CERT enthusiasm – PPE and backpack optional if you would like to show some ‘duct tape’ skills or do a “show-and-tell”.

Thanks for your continued support

CERT Outreach Coordinator

Monday, April 19, 2010

CERT National Program Office releases new set of CERT training videos

Expanding on Jack's earlier post ...

The CERT National Program Office is pleased to announce that a new set of CERT training videos has been posted to the national CERT website. In addition to their primary use by CERT instructors during delivery of the CERT Basic Training course, the videos can used for review by individuals and teams who have completed their basic training. The CERT in Action video can also be used by CERT coordinators/managers to help promote the program. Three of the videos depict effective trainer techniques in demonstrating and coaching CERT skills in the classroom. These are intended for use in the CERT Train-the-Trainer course. To ensure they are accessible to a broad audience, each video is also available in closed-caption format or with Spanish subtitles. The videos can be downloaded and viewed at your computer, or copied onto a DVD. Please visit the national CERT website at to view these eight titles.

CERT in Action
CERT Training: Disaster Psychology
CERT Training: Safety in the After-Disaster Environment
CERT Triage: Handling Mass Casualty Situations
Fire Safety: The CERT Member's Role
Demonstrating Victim Carries
Demonstrating Head-to-Toe Assessment
Coaching Hands-On Practice - Victim Extrication



p.s. You may see some familar faces :)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Welcome class 44

CERT Basic Class 44-Mt. Vernon completed their courses tonight making this the 2nd group from the South County area. A very enthusiastic class that was taught by instructors Denise, Lani, Kevin and Rich. Rich's fire class is always a blast. Welcome to the family.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

National "CERT In Action" Video

The National CERT office has released an informational training video "CERT in Action" which gives an overview of what CERT "is". The video is available at

Watch closely and you'll see members of our Fairfax County Team throughout the video.

Jack (aka "Bob"), Susy (aka "Barbara"), and Marco (aka "burn victim").

Friday, April 2, 2010

National Public Safety Football game

National Public Safety Football League Game:
Washington DC Generals vs. Orlando Guardians
Fundraiser Benefits City of Fairfax Fire Department

Gates open at 3:00 pm, game begins at 4:30 pm
Saturday, April 10
Fairfax High School
3501 Rebel Run

FAIRFAX, Va. — Learn about fire safety and support Fairfax firefighters and their families by attending a football game played by fire and police personnel. The 2010 National Public Safety Football League (NPSFL) season opens in Fairfax with a game pitting the Washington DC Generals against the Orlando Guardians. The NPSFL is a full-contact football league.

Before the game, city fire personnel will have public safety equipment —fire trucks, educational trailers and more — in the high school parking lot for tours and information. Also, a classic rock band, Nocturnal Rush, will be performing.

Other activities include a fire department pipes and drums corps and a public safety color guard.The All-Star Legacy Dance and Cheer Team will perform during half-time. The halftime show will be dedicated to the Fairfax County’s Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) Team, which deployed to Haiti in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

Tickets cost $5 per person, and children age 12 and younger attend for free. Proceeds will be donated to the City of Fairfax Firefighters Benevolent Fund, DC Firefighters Burn Foundation and the Washington DC Chapter Concerns of Police Survivors.

The after-game party will be held at the Fairfax Hard Times Café and Cue, 4069 Chain Bridge Road, with food and drink specials and raffles. A portion of proceeds from this event will benefit the three charities as well. For information, visit or the DC Generals Web site at or call 703-309-9220.