Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall for Fairfax Help and Fire Station Open Houses

Hey CERT members!
I know its short notice, but We are going to have a booth again at Fall for Fairfax and we need help!
This is a Kids Fest!
Fall for Fairfax will be held at the Fairfax Goernment Center on OCTOBER 2, 2010,9 am-6 pm, that's this Saturday!

This is a free event We will have the CERT trailer there and a covered booth.
Please, contact me asap!! if you could give me just a couple of hours. I'd like some company.
Fall for Fairfax is located at the Fairfax Government Center at 12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax

October 9th will be the Open House's at the Fire Stations for Fire Prevention Month.
We have 4 stations hosting us.We could add more stations. Please, sign up to help at a station.We will have a booth at each of the below stations. I will have a display and outreach materials for you.
Burke (14)
Centreville (17)
Vienna (02)
Mclean (24)
Email myself or James if you would like to "man" a booth at the Fire Staions.

Friday, September 24, 2010

More Highlights from the Home and Garden Show

After Christopher Stabb from Project Runway, Matt Fax and Shari Miller from HGTV's "Room by Room" presented. Matt tryed to "lure" Ginny Katona and I from the CERT Booth.
Thanks Ginny for Helping to set-up the CERT booth. Ginny was a real trooper. Our booth is in the far left corner of the north hall. The stage is to the right of our booth.

Highlights from Friday's Capital Home and Garden Show CERT outreach

Our booth is right next to the Stage. Here is a photo of Christopher Stabb from "Lifetimes" Project Runway, with his model. She is wearing a dress and purse Christopher designed and made out of Tarp from Home Depot. Wonder what he could do with Duct tape and Sharpies?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

CERT operational activity-Capital Shield

An invitation has been extended to Fairfax County CERT to participate in Exercise Capital Shield 11 on October 14 from 0800-1530. Those of you who have participated in the past know this is an awesome activity to be a part of. Capital Shield is a multi-jurisdictional rescue function of area First Responders, Hospitals, Military and Government professionals. It is actually a week long event and we are allowed to participate in rescue operations on one day. We have room for 20 active CERT's. So hurry up and get your name to today.

Actor/Victim Opportunities upcoming

Are you looking to flex your acting abilities? We have some exciting opportunities here for you. The current CERT II classes (47 & 48) are needing victims to make their training more realistic. Also, we have been invited to participate in Exercise Capitol Shield 11. So consider helping out at a couple. These each count towards your annual re-certification.

October 5 & 6--Triage Fire and Rescue Academy, 4600 West Ox Rd, Fairfax,2000-2200hrs

October 13--Exercise Capitol Shield-Lorton Reformatory,Lorton (need 20)0800-1530 hrs

October 26 & 27--Scenarios, Fire and Rescue Academy, 4600 West Ox Rd, Fairfax, 2000-2200hrs

October 30--CERT Final exercise, Lorton Prison, Youth Detention Facility, off Furnace Road, Lorton 0730-1400 (lunch provided)

Contact to sign up and get details.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Help for the Capital Home and Garden Show, Dulles Expo Center.

Dear CERT members,

James, our Outreach coordinator has been Down with pneumonia, He is getting better, but is still weak. Remember, our CERT creed, Help our fellow CERT member when they are down.The Capital Home and Garden Show is one of our big events that is putting people in our classes. We need your help.
I'm asking for a couple of hours, 4 hour shifts would be best if you could do this. I also need at least 3 IC's for this event.
The Capital Home and Garden Show is this week end, Friday the 24th of September to Sunday, the 26th.The benefits are a free ticket to the Home Show and completing one of the requirements for recertification. I'm hoping to have 3 CERT members on each shift so you can take breaks and walk around the Show. This is a fun event to talk up CERT. The static display will be set up along with the outreach table with freebies and handouts. I need a head count very soon so that I can set schedules and get your free tickets.
Please, e-mail me at or call me at 703-655-9170.

Thank you so much,

Judy Howell
Fairfax County CERT, PIO

Friday, September 17, 2010

CDC Hurricane Health and Safety Tip of the week

Tip of the Week: Make sure that you have a battery-powered or hand-cranked radio available to receive official instructions and updates from local authorities if the power goes out

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Fairfax County OEM September Emergency Preparedness Newsletter

The September Emergency Preparedness newsletter from the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management is now available online:

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Civil Defense info from New Zealand Earthquake

Below is a link to the NZ version of FEMA-lots of interesting info on the site, and regular updates as well.

A little history; the U.S. once had a Civil Defense program. Here is my dad's CD cards. CERT has replaced this program for the most part.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Tip of the Week: Hurricane Preparedness

Tip of the Week: As you prepare for Hurricane Earl, remember to take rubber boots, rubber gloves and goggles with you when you evacuate. They will protect you from contaminated flood waters when you return after the storm.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Outreach event and actor participation

On September 25, volunteer Fairfax will be running a drill of a reception center.
They are looking for volunteers to show up between 0900 and 1100 to act as off the street walk-ins.
If someone would like to participate, they should email Matthew Lyttle at
Also, Volunteer Fairfax would like to have a CERT display at the site.

Jeffrey F. Katz
Volunteer Liaison
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue

Volunteers needed September 25

Volunteer Fairfax is testing their Volunteer Reception Center and is looking for many volunteers to just show up between the hours of 0900 and 1100 on September 25. If you would like to participate, contact Matthew Lyttle at CERT will also have a display there.

FEMA Administrator Fugate Kicks Off National Preparedness Month

As Hurricane Earl Approaches East Coast, Seventh annual National Preparedness Month encourages Americans to take steps to prepare
Release Date: September 1, 2010
Release Number: HQ-10-167
WASHINGTON – Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Craig Fugate today kicked off the seventh annual National Preparedness Month, joining local Washington, D.C. officials and students from Ferebree-Hope Elementary School at the Serve DC Commander Ready event to talk about the importance of family and community emergency preparedness, especially as Hurricane Earl approaches the East Coast of the U.S. and other storms continue to form in the Atlantic Ocean.
“Hurricane Earl is another important reminder to all of us that every member of the community needs to be prepared for hurricanes and other disasters. Engaging with children on the topic of emergency preparedness is an effective way to bring home the preparedness message,” said Fugate. “Local events like this one are happening all over the country throughout September to underscore the importance of getting people of all ages involved in preparing for emergencies.”
National Preparedness Month is led by FEMA's Ready Campaign in partnership with Citizen Corps and The Advertising Council, and is a nationwide effort encouraging individuals, families, businesses and communities to work together and take action to prepare for emergencies. National Preparedness Month is supported by a coalition of public, private and non-profit organizations that help spread the preparedness message. This year’s record number of coalition members are sharing preparedness information with their members, customers, employee, and communities. Members also spearhead activities that encourage specific steps for individual, neighborhood, and community preparedness.
In addition to the kickoff event, the Ready Campaign and Citizen Corps will sponsor activities across the country throughout September. Ready is introducing several new PSA campaigns and Citizen Corps is presenting its National Achievement Awards during September.