Wednesday, March 30, 2011

1,200 participants joined live webinar "CERT Training from FEMA "

Dear CERT Community,
Yesterday's webinar on the updated CERT Basic Training and new CERT courses has been recorded and may be accessed at your convenience. Over 1,200 participants joined us in the live webinar and we were happy to answer numerous questions about the CERT training.
You may view the webinar recording by going to the Community Preparedness Webinar Series webpage entitled New CERT Training from FEMA and clicking on View Webinar Recording.
If someone you know was unable to participate in the live broadcasts, please share the link with them.
Thank you for supporting CERT!
CERT National Program Office
Individual & Community Preparedness Division
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Webinar on FEMA recently released updated CERT materials

Dear CERT Community,
You’re invited to join us for a webinar on Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 at 2 p.m. EDT/11 a.m. PDT. To login prior to the start of the webinar, visit the Community Preparedness Webinar Series web page.
As you may already be aware, FEMA recently released updated CERT materials and this webinar will provide an opportunity for you to learn about the following:
• Updates to the CERT Basic Training course materials
• New CERT Train-the-Trainer course
• New CERT Program Manager course
• New CERT supplemental training modules
The updated CERT Basic Training materials cover the same topics, ranging from first aid to search and rescue; however, edits were made throughout to assure that protocols are up-to-date and that the content is as clear as possible for those taking the training. The National CERT Program Office worked with multiple stakeholders, including local CERT trainers and technical experts to update the Basic Training materials.
The Community Preparedness Webinar Series provides up-to-date information on emergency preparedness topics and resources available to community organizations, local government, schools, families, and the general public.
This webinar is open to the public so feel free to share with your friends and colleagues who are interested in CERT.
CERT National Program Office

Thursday, March 17, 2011

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

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

· PDF -
· Word (ADA) version -

The lead article in this newsletter talks about the Fairfax County initiative: Pre-Disaster Recovery Planning. Your PIO has been attending these meetings.Fairfax County OEM may have CERT outreach play a role in educating the public about this important initiative. Stay tuned.

Happy St. Patrick's Day- Got a Preparedness Tip for you!

A while back, last sent you a Costco link for a bucket of food to be used in disasters that had a 10 year shelf life.

Here's another interesting item from Costco that would supply a good amount of water.



Thanks Peter! and I'm still taking orders for Walton Feed until 28 March. This is a great way to get bulk wheat, flour,dehydrated foods, etc.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)

Dear CERT Community,
FEMA's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) National Program Office is pleased to announce the release of updated materials for the CERT Basic Training course.
What are the changes? The updated course is the same effective training as before, with the units and topics organized in the same way. However, edits were made throughout all of the course materials including the Participant Manual, Instructor Guide, and the PowerPoint files. These changes are intended to assure that protocols are up-to-date and that the content is as clear as possible for those taking the training. Since there are many edits throughout the training, CERT instructors are encouraged to review all of the updated materials.
Who made the changes? To update the Basic Training, FEMA worked with a panel of 12 experienced CERT trainers from across the country, followed by a review by local CERT programs designated by the CERT or CERT/Citizen Corps coordinator in each state. FEMA senior leadership and FEMA’s technical review team also reviewed and commented on the updated material. We are grateful for the time and effort from state and local programs that went into this update!
Where can I find the new material? The course files are now available on the national CERT website. Please visit and click on "Training Materials" to access documents in PDF or Word. On the website you will also find the updated Participant Manual in low vision format. If your local CERT program will need the Participant Manual in Braille, please contact your State Program Manager. State Program Managers can email the CERT National Office with numbers on a state by state basis.
Please note that the updated Instructor Guide references a series of videos that CERT trainers may want to use when they conduct the Basic Training course. These videos are available on the website by clicking on "Video Material" on the home page.
What comes next? Later this year, the CERT National Office will be posting a new CERT Train-the-Trainer course and the new CERT Program Manager course.
Thank you for your continued interest in and support of CERT, and for all you do in preparing for and responding to disasters in your community!
CERT National Program Office
FEMA Individual & Community Preparedness Division

Monday, March 14, 2011

Specialty Train the Trainer One-Day Teen/Campus Power Workshop

Specialty Train the Trainer One-Day Teen/Campus Power Workshop
8 hour course
Hours: 8:00 registration. Class starts promptly from 8:30-5

Certificate of Competition is awarded at the conclusion of the class

Required documentation: competition of CERT Train the Trainer 16 hour class

½ day devoted to Teen CERT, ½ day devoted to Campus CERT
Apr. 16, 2011
Registration Deadline: Apr. 09, 2011
Fairfax CountyOnline | EM pdf form
Appy Online

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

How Do YOU Prepare on a Budget? FEMA wants to know!

I got this via email today ... if anyone wants to share with FEMA, please email

FEMA asks: How do you stay prepared on a budget?

The economic downturn has made staying prepared more difficult in recent years. Fortunately, many Americans have found creative and inexpensive ways to be ready in case of an emergency. FEMA asks, what steps have you taken to stay prepared on a budget? We are looking for items and their uses, tips, stories, and good practices. What items do you keep in your home, car, or workspace that help you stay prepared? Have you been involved in a disaster and found a particular yet inexpensive item especially useful? Are there inexpensive ways that help you fulfill the recommendations ( for a preparedness kit? To help you get started thinking of ideas, we have provided an example guide for preparing on a budget from the Seattle Red Cross, the Everett Office of Emergency Management, and ReadyCorps. Before April 30, 2011, please send your suggestions to and put “Preparing on a Budget” in the subject line. We look forward to reading your ideas and examples!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

It's VICTIM/ACTOR time again!!!!

Warmer weather is coming and the new CERT classes have started (54 & 55). Real people give realistic training, soooo, it's time get get those grungy clothes and come out to the Fire & Rescue Academy for a little acting. Remember current CERT's---this counts towards your annual refreshers. The dates at the Academy are:

March 15 & 17 8pm to 10ish
March 22 & 24 8pm to 10ish
April 12 & 14 8pm to 10ish

And don't forget the BIG ONE! The final exercise at the Lorton Prison;
Saturday April 23 (details to come) We are trying to beat our victim record and are looking for 135 actors!!!

Email to sign up for your spot and details.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Preparedness Materials in Various Languages

The VDEM Public Affairs Office can help localities and volunteer organizations with specialized materials and strategies to reach Spanish-speaking residents. Spanish-language preparedness information is available through and through brochures and handouts.

In addition, the Ready Virginia campaign produced a simple handout on family emergency preparedness in the top 10 languages spoken in Virginia (other than English and Spanish): Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hindi, Italian, Korean, Russian, Tagalog (Philippines) and Vietnamese. These handouts are available for download at

Contact Karla Ramos at (866) 782-3470 or for help with printed materials or Spanish community outreach.