Friday, September 30, 2011

Train the Trainer course at Stanford VA, 9 Nov 2011

The next Train the Trainer course offered by VDEM is 9 November 2011 in Stanford VA. Contact Terry for more info. Are you bi-lingual? We would like to expand the CERT program particularly into the Hispanic community.

Fall for Faifax 1 Oct 2011

With the Fire Station open houses (5) and the BSA Camporee to support, I'll be out at Fall for Fairfax. Anybody like to join we for an hour or two?

October is a busy month for CERT!!!

Fall for Fairfax 1 Ocober 2011

Fire Station Open Houses 15 October 2011

BSA Camporee at the Fire and Rescue Academy 15-16 October 2011

Capital Shield 18-19 October 2011

GMU Safety Fair 21 Ocober 2011, 4:30- 6:30 pm

Final exercise for current fall CERT 2 class 29 October 2011

Metro CERT final exercise 29 October 2011

Fire Station Open Houses 15 Oct 2011

We have 5 Fire Station to provide outreach to this year. I still need help at 2 stations.

Centreville #17: 0

Fair Oaks #21: Sharon Martin CERT 35

Mclean #1: Mike Piccione CERT 41

Burke # 14: Bob Mclean CERT 53
Denise Primdahl CERT 39

Vienna #2: 0

The Open Houses start around 0930-10:00 and end around 4- 4:30 pm. The hosting station provides lunch.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Safety Fair at George Washington University in Ashburn

I joined Jim Miller, a CERT 2 from class 55 at the Safety Fair at GWU today.(You go Guy) There were a few residents of Fairfax County in attendance, but the majority were from other counties in Virginia or Maryland. We talked up the CERT program and advised them to check out the citizen corps web site for their counties' CERT program.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

More info on the Camporee and Fire Station Open Houses

Looks like I left out some information... senior moment...

For the BSA Camporee....we need CERTs for Saturday and Sunday. Please, indentify yourself in the emails with your class number and a phone number please.

For the Fire House Open Houses...we will be at volunteer stations: Centreville #17, Fair Oaks #21, Burke #14, Vienna #2 and Mclean # 1. Please, repond with your CERT class number and a phone number.


Judy Howell

Fire Station Open Houses

Folks, on top of the 30 CERT members we need to support the BSA Camporee, we have 5 Fire Stations to support with our annual Fire Station Open Houses. With 700 trained CERT members in Fairfax County, I'm hopeing to get some more help with the open houses. This is an easy outreach event in your local communities. It is a great way to get to know the guys and gals that visit your neighborhoods in everyday emergencies and for the day when that major disaster strikes.
Ideally, I would like two cert members pre station, but with the BSA event at the Fire and Rescue Academy we could go with one.
The fire station will feed us. Fire station food is great!
These open houses start around 9 am and end around 3 or 330 pm. You will have an Outreach kit for each station.

Please, contact me at or, cc terry at

Thank You,

CERT 2 members are desperately needed for a Boy Scouts of America Disaster Campo

CERT 2 members are desperately needed for a Boy Scouts of America Disaster Camporee to be held at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy.
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2011

Time: 8:45 am until approximately 5:00 pm

CERT members will guide scouts through training stations (search and rescue, logistics, medical, etc.)
Each scout will earn the Emergency Perparedness merit badge and granduate as a Teen CERT.
The scouts will be staying the night at the Fire and Rescue Academy; you will not.

A pre Camporee CERT briefing/refresher will be held prior to the camporee. Date and time to be announced.

Please, email Dana Powers at and cc: Terry at

If you haven't completed a refresher for the year, this event would satisfy that requirement and keep your qualifications current.

This is a rewarding event and you will get to use and hone your skills while working directly with the scouts. No special skills or train-the-trainer experience is needed. Please help us put on this worthwhile event for the BSA.


Jeff, Steve, and Dana

Monday, September 19, 2011

100 Shelter Resident Volunteers needed on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 in Petersburg, VA

Here is a request for volunteers from our state CERT coordinator. If you are interested in participating follow the links below.

your CERT volunteer
volunteer coordinator

100 Shelter Resident Volunteers needed on Tuesday, October 11, 2011.

Location: Richard Bland College, Petersburg, VA

Exercise is from 11:30-2:30,

We need some volunteers to arrive early for set up and some to stay afterwards for break-down.

Please pass this volunteer opportunity on to your members and partners. We are utilizing a tool to help manage the registration process. To register, participants must opt for a no cost “ticket”. It’s simple and easy; to enter the website you will need a password. This event’s password you will share with your selected members and partners is Shelter. Click the button below to go to the website’s link. Additional information; including contact information, can be found on the website.

Just in case, here’s the website address:

Thank you.

Reta Dunn-Mills

State CERT Coordinator

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Release of the NIMS Training Program

The National Integration Center (NIC) has developed a National Incident Management System (NIMS) Training Program, superseding the Five-Year NIMS Training Plan, released in February 2008.

The NIMS Training Program establishes a common national foundation for NIMS training and qualifying emergency management and incident response personnel. More specifically, the NIMS Training Program guides NIMS training activities; supports stakeholder training and planning; and serves as a single-source, regularly updated compilation of training within the NIMS national core curriculum.

The NIMS Training Program is available on FEMA’s NIMS Resource Center:

The document can be found here:

For additional information on NIMS, NIMS implementation, or NIMSCAST contact the National Integration Center at 202-646-3850 or via e-mail:

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Outreach-Get Ready Fairfax- Tysons Mall 9-10-11

Very successful event thanks to Mary, Charles, Steve, Marco, Dexter, Terry and James.
High interest in being prepared - displayed notional Emergency Kit that got a lot of attention.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

SERVE, and REMEMBER on 9/11-Volunteers Needed to Help with Flood Relief Efforts in Huntington area of Alexandria

We just got this second request for flood relief volunteers for tomorrow, SUNDAY 9/11/11 from 10:00am to 8:00pm. 43 volunteers turned out in today's flood relief effort; giving valuable service helping numerous families put their lives back together after this week's flooding. But there is more work to be done, and our neighbors need our help. Below are the relevant details if you wish to help.


Fairfax county CERT
CERT volunteers' coordinator

Honor September 11 by helping your community with immediate needs.

In response to the recent flooding in Northern Virginia, Volunteer Fairfax, as requested by the Fire and Rescue Incident Command Center, seeks volunteers to assist with flood relief efforts TOMORROW, SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to commit to a five hour shift and will be tasked with: lifting, moving, organizing, removing debree and cleaning personal items (heavy lifting may be involved). All volunteers must be atleast 18 years old or 16 years old with parental consent. Volunteers will receive instructions, safety equipment and a brief training before being deployed to needed areas.

If you are interested in volunteering, please park at the Huntington Metro Station (2475 Huntington Avenue, Alexandria, Virginia 22303) and WALK to the Huntington Community Center (5751 Liberty Drive, Alexandria, Va).

On arrival, please find the Volunteer Fairfax table to check in. PLEASE DO NOT SELF DEPLOY.

If you plan on participating tomorrow, please send an email to Christopher Copley at
You may not receive a response; however, please check
for the most recent updates.

Everyone must wear closed toed shoes. Sturdy shoes such as work boots or sneakers are recommended. You should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty.

Friday, September 9, 2011

Volunteer Request - Real Incident

The following is a message from Volunteer Fairfax regarding a need for volunteers on Saturday, September 10th:

Dear community member,
In response to the recent flooding in Northern Virginia, Volunteer Fairfax, as requested by the Fire and Rescue Incident Command Center, seeks 20 volunteers to assist with relief efforts TOMORROW, SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2011, at 12:00 p.m. Volunteers are needed for a six hour shift and will be tasked with incident command center set-up including: lifting, moving and organizing. All volunteers must be atleast 18 years old. Volunteers will receive instructions and a brief training before being deployed to needed areas. Volunteers will meet Todd Damren, a representative of Volunteer Fairfax, at the Huntington Metro Station, Alexandria, Va. by 12:00 p.m. If you need assistance the day-of, please contact Todd at (313) 300-4198.

Everyone must wear closed toed shoes. Sturdy shoes such as work boots or sneakers are recommended. You should wear lightweight, comfortable clothing that you do not mind getting dirty.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Christopher Copley at or by calling (571) 382-8679 so we can keep track of volunteers. Please provide your name, email and telephone number.

Turn around...don’t drown.

Fairfax County warns that most flood deaths occur in automobiles. Never drive your vehicle into areas where the water covers the roadway. Flood waters are usually deeper than they appear. Just one foot of flowing water is powerful enough to sweep vehicles off the road. When encountering flooded roads make the smart choice...turn around...don’t drown.
Good time to subsribe to the Comunity Emergency Alert Network CEAN for important emergency alerts,notifications and updates about weather and traffic, Messages are delivered to all devices you register. Register now at You can also sign up for alerts from other jurisdictions in Virginia,Maryland and D.C. at
Did you know in some parts of the country, if you ignor and drive around high water barriers and need to be rescued from a high water situation, you would be fined.

Friday, September 2, 2011


1 September 2011
Fairfax County CERT

FAIRFAX COUNTY ANNOUNCES COMPREHENSIVE CHANGES TO THEIR COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) PROGRAMFairfax County officials announced the establishment of a CERT steering committee and the formation of localized CERT teams. The boundaries of operation as set for each team will be based upon major highway divisions within Fairfax County, i.e. North Team (North of Dulles Toll Road to Beltway).
Fairfax County CERT was formed in 2003 and is sponsored and overseen by the Office of Emergency Management and the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. CERT, a national program implemented in Fairfax County, is completely funded by FEMA and State grants. CERT trains Fairfax County resident volunteers to help themselves, their families, and local communities in times of wide-spread disaster when professional first responders will be significantly delayed in providing assistance. Currently there are over 600 trained CERT members within Fairfax County.
The CERT steering committee was formed due to increased demand for outreach venues and operational requests. Additionally, Fairfax County CERT has grown exponentially in the past 4 years, resulting in the need for more operational structure. The committee is organized to align with the federally mandated National Incident Management System or NIMS. The committee allows the CERT members to take a greater role in the operations of the program. However, the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department retains the functional oversight of the CERT program.
Under the existing system, CERT members may not know if there are other CERT trained citizens in their neighborhood. These localized CERT teams will be able to familiarize with their particular circumstances’ in their neighborhood and train together for the benefit of their communities. Accordingly, these communities will become familiar and aware of CERT resources before a major disaster impacts this region.
People who have taken CERT training are better prepared to respond to and cope with the aftermath of a disaster whether natural or manmade. Trained individuals and teams are ready to:
1. Help themselves, family and friends with immediate assistance in their neighborhoods
2. Organize spontaneous, untrained volunteers to provide needed services.
3. Collect disaster intelligence to assist professional responders who are trying to allocate limited resources.
CERT teams do not replace first responders; they are a resource until first responders arrive.
Fairfax County CERT continues to prepare citizens through training. For information on scheduling classes for your community, training and more, please visit the official Fairfax County CERT page at or, contact the Fire and Rescue Department Volunteer Liaison's Office at 703-246-4683, TTY 711.