Sunday, February 26, 2012

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

New Fairfax County CERT website is up, but we need your input!

Hi folks,

Most of you should have received the email below. If you did, please follow the instructions given.

If you did not, go to and request your password using your first and last name together as your username.

There are some issues with mail going to Cox, Comcast and AOL, that we hope to have remedied soon.

Every CERT volunteer who has taken a class with us should be in the system, if not, please send an email to

Here is the email that was sent out earlier today-


We are pleased to announce the implementation of the Fairfax CERT volunteer management/alert system. This system will keep track of your contact information, CERT certifications, and other pertinent data. It will also be used to schedule training classes and outreach events. And finally, it will serve as the email/alert server used to send out notification of events, incidents, training, and news updates. This site will also be the depository for CERT documents such as the CERT Training Manual, and current forms.

All CERT members will be required to log on to the system to remain active. Once you receive your password, it should only take you a few minutes to review and update your information.

To log on, go to, click on the “Send Password” link on the left, and enter in your username, FIRSTNAMELASTNAME. A password will be sent to your registered email address.

Once you’re logged on, please click on the “Devices” tab. If you have a cell phone listed, please click on the “Edit/Delete” link associated to that device, select the appropriate cell phone carrier in the dropdown menu, delete the @disabled extension from the number, and click the “Update” button. This will ensure that messages will be delivered successfully to your phone.

If you do not have a cell phone listed, we encourage you to register one.

In addition to updating your devices, please also visit the “Profile” tab and update any information in your profile.


Monday, February 20, 2012

CERT steering committee meeting Tuesday, February 21st.

Hi folks,
This is just a reminder that the CERT monthly Steering Committee will be on Tuesday, February 21 at 7 pm at the Fairfax County Government Center.

We will be in the same general area/same room as last month (at this point). This would be room 9 in the conference center; however our room number may be changed due to a pending ADA request from another group.
The conference center is on the first floor of the government center, as you come through the main entrance the conference center area is forward and to your left. Go through the double doors on your left; walk down the curvy hallway. We will either be in room 9 or another room within the same area.

Happy President's Day everyone!


Saturday, February 18, 2012

CERT 201: CERT Train the Trainer at Northern Virginia Community College- Annandale Campus

Northern Virginia:
CERT 201: CERT Train the Trainer
Date(s): 03/24/2012-03/25/2012 Time: 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Location: Northern Virginia Community College- Annandale Campus
Room CC 236.
8333 Little River Turnpike,
Annandale, Virginia 22003

Newport News

CERT 201: CERT Train the Trainer :
Date(s): 04/28/2012-04/29/2012 Time: 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Location: VDEM - Newport News - VDEM - South Morrison Family Education Center - Classroom 13
746 Adams Drive
Newport News VA 23607

CERT 201a : CERT Teen/Campus Power Workshop Location: VDEM - Newport News - VDEM - South Morrison Family Education Center - Classroom 13 Date(s): 04/30/2012-04/30/2012 Time: 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Time: 08:30 AM-05:00 PM
Location: VDEM - Newport News - VDEM - South Morrison Family Education Center - Classroom 13
South Morrison Family Education Center
Classroom 13
746 Adams Drive
Newport News VA 23607

For students with an existing account in the Knowledge Center please click this link below for course enrollment:

Students without accounts in the Knowledge Center please click this link below for account registration and course enrollment:

If students have any questions with the registration and enrollment procedures, they may call the LMS Helpdesk at 804-897-9995 or . They are here to assist from Mon. – Fri. 8:00am – 4:30pm.

Reta Dunn-Mills
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
State Program Coordinator

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Alexandria Fire and Rescue Lose One of Their Own, Paramedic Joshua Weissman

Fairfax County CERT joins Fairfax County Fire and Rescue in offering condolences to Alexandria Fire and Rescue and to the Weissman family for their loss.

Public memorial services are planned this week for Paramedic Joshua Weissman, including a visitation on Wednesday, February 15, from 5 p.m. to midnight, and a funeral service with honors on Thursday, February 16, at 1 p.m. Paramedic Weissman died in the line of duty after falling from a roadway and suffering a fatal head injury while responding to a car fire on I-395.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

5th Annual Chinese New Year Festival Celebrating the Year of the Dragon

Fairfax County CERT was on hand to celebrate the year of the dragon at the 5th annual Chinese New Year Festival February 4 2012.The event was at Luther Jackson Middle School in Falls Church. We provided an outreach display and program information to the Asian community. We joined Over 35 other exhibitors, which included financial services, home remodeling, Gold’s Gym, Falun Gong, Chinese costume and many other exhibitors. A variety of Thai and Chinese food was available for purchase in the cafeteria. Kid’s activities were also available.
Live performances of dances, folk songs and martial arts were scheduled throughout the day in the auditorium. Highlighting the day was the Chinese New Year Parade featuring a beautiful yellow dragon wounding its way through the exhibition hall.
This annual event is sponsered by the Asian Community Service Center.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

An upcoming training opportunity for CERT 2 graduates

Attention CERTs:

We are offering a class for CERT II graduates taught by Bill Prasad, Director of Behavioral Health for the Fire and Rescue Department. This course will be taught at the Fire and Rescue Academy on the following dates and times:

Monday, March 19th from 1830 to 2030 hrs. (6:30pm to 8:30pm)

Wednesday, March 28th from 1830 to 2030 hrs.(6:30pm to 8:30pm)

The class description is stated below. This class will count as a refresher credit for CERT II’s and will most likely be a critical element/core competency skill for upcoming CERT 3 training classes.

If you would like to sign up for this training, please email me with your name, email address, a good phone number and your CERT class number at


Dana Powers
Management Analyst II
Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department
Office of the Volunteer Liaison

Managing Stress and Trauma

Everyone experiences stress, but not everyone escapes unscathed. Could you identify the symptoms of extreme stress and trauma in a citizen volunteer? What special stressors and stress reactions might be experienced by a citizen volunteer? Could you help a volunteer who is battling accumulated stress? Learn more about stress and trauma and how it can influence the behavior of civilians in this presentation.