Wednesday, June 29, 2011

4H Fair and Frying Pan Farm Park Show (Outreach Event) August 6-7

Fairfax County CERT has been requested to have a CERT booth/display at the annual 4-H Fair at the Frying Pan Farm Park on Saturday (9am -9pm) Aug 6 and Sunday (9am - 5pm) Aug 7th.

This is an interesting opportunity to reach out to another part of the community in a venue different than Celebrate Fairfax or Frostival.

We will need to staff the CERT exhibit area with at least 2 people throughout the day, possibly in 3-4 hour shifts.

Asking for someone to be in-charge of the overall event on Saturday and Sunday to coordinate with the host and make sure we are putting our best effort into this.

Will be setting up under a tent. Free parking pass available. Details forthcoming.

Contact James, OUTREACH Coordinator, for more information and to reserve a time slot.

National Night Out (August 2nd)

Fairfax County CERT has been asked to provide static CERT displays/booths at community NNO events the evening of August 2nd (Tuesday) 6:00 - 9:00pm
(Middleridge, Kings Park and possibly Burke).

We will also have "ride-alongs" with several District Police stations that visit several communities throughout the evening with McRuff and several police vehicles.

These are all great opportunities to show CERT capabilities to the community associations, neighborhood watch, and build a relationship with the FCPD personnel.

Please contact Steve, our new operational role event coordinator at ,or James (OUTREACH coordinator, at if you are interested in participating as a ride-along or at a venue in your area. From past experience this is a great evening to mix with the citizens on their turf and talk up the capabilities of the CERT program here in Fairfax County.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Victim Oppurtunity in Fairfax June 24, June 27th and June 30th.

This opportunity is open to all Fairfax County CERT basic and CERT 2 class graduates.

The City of Fairfax Fire and Police Departments will be conducting training exercises for their joint Rescue Task Force (RTF) on June 24, 27, and 30. The RTF is comprised of police and fire/EMS personnel who provide immediate medical aid to those injured in a shooting. This program was developed in response to previous active shooter events like Columbine, Northern Illinois University and Virginia Tech. In those incidents many victims may have survived had they received life saving care sooner. The RTF program allows potential life saving care to be administered before the area is safe. RTF members can enter a building, render aid, remove victims while other law enforcement work to neutralize the shooter.

This is a truly heroic group of individuals that deserve all of the support we can offer. You can help by volunteering to role play at several upcoming training events. 20 volunteers are needed on each of the following days from 8am until 1pm: Friday, June 24th; Monday, June 27th; and Thursday, June 30th. The trainings will take place at a location central to the City of Fairfax and lunch will be provided. Those interested in participating must be comfortable in a stressful environment, as police and fire personnel will be wearing ballistic protection, carrying fake firearms, and treating volunteers as victims during the exercise.

To sign up, please email your availability to Matt Lyttle, Emergency Response Program Manager at Volunteer Fairfax, at Matt will pass along additional information and answer questions as needed.

This is a chance for the community to help those that keep us safe every day. Let’s show our support!

Friday, June 17, 2011

June OEM Emergency Preparedness newsletter now available

The June Emergency Preparedness newsletter from the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management is now available online:
For past issues of the newsletter, or to refer a friend to our newsletter page, visit

For more information about outreach and public education, and the latest news about emergency management, visit

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Tel: 571-350-1000 / TTY 711

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Late Breaking Outreach help Request

We just got a last minute, late breaking request to have a CERT display at SAIC McLean's personal preparedness fair on Tuesday, June 21st from 11am to 2pm. The flyer for the event, with the event details are below.
We're asking if there are any CERT members out there who would like to staff this event. This is great outreach event to work; SAIC is a very large defense contractor and their employees are very in tune with the emergency preparedness message CERT promotes.
If you are interested in working this event, please contact James , our outreach coordinator ASAP at or .
Come out and "talk CERT" to the community!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

CERT in Action from the Citizen corp website

here is a sample:
CERT in Action!
Oregon CERT Activated to Prepare for Tsunami
When the 8.9-magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami struck Japan on March 11, 2011, residents of the coastal Oregon town of Astoria were concerned that a tsunami wave would also strike their area, which lies near the mouth of the Columbia River. Bracing for the worst, area fire department personnel advised people in low-lying areas of the possible inundation zone to move to higher ground. The Astoria CERT was activated at 5:30 AM to stage a relocation center for anyone who responded to these warnings.

A dozen CERT members from Astoria and neighboring towns Lewis and Clark reported to a local elementary school to set up a tsunami shelter. They brewed coffee and prepared food for the firefighters who had been up all night trying to warn people to relocate, as well as for citizens who came to weather a possible tsunami wave. The CERT staged these activities from its "CERTmobile" a former ambulance that not only has food-preparation space, but also holds emergency equipment, including chainsaws, generators, floodlights, traffic signs, and radios for all law enforcement and amateur radio channels. The CERT coordinators kept in constant contact with amateur radio operators observing conditions along the coast.The CERT members staffed the post until it became clear later that morning that their area would not be hit by the tsunami, although parts of the southern Oregon and northern California coasts were damaged.

"We were really, really fortunate that the waves were minimal," said Dorothy Davidson, who, with her husband Bill, shares leadership of the Astoria CERT. However, Davidson noted that the tsunami had an unanticipated benefit for her team: her CERT events have been unusually well-attended since March. "A horrible situation turned out to be a blessing," said Davidson. "It reinforced the idea that a distant event could affect [local residents]."

Even though the tsunami did not reach her community, Davidson was glad her CERT was ready in the event of a tragedy. "We're calling people at 5:30 in the morning, and they actually come; that says a lot," noted Davidson. "That's volunteerism at its best."

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Disasters can get personal..Tornadoes in Western MASS

Tornadoes hit my hometown (Westfield, MA) last night. Neighboring cities of Springfield and West Springfield had deaths from the tornadoes that touched down there.