Friday, April 13, 2012

New Teen CERT Materials Now Available!


The New Teen CERT Materials are Here!
Based on the success of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program and the demand to create tools to support the nationwide effort to train teenagers on CERT, FEMA is pleased to announce the following NEW resources:

Teen CERT web page which includes a new Public Service Announcement and Teen CERT Annexes to the CERT Basic Training and Train-the-Trainer Instructor Guides. To see the new Teen Cert web page, sign into the new CERT Online Discussion Forum!
Free National CERT Online Discussion Forum for exchanging information and ideas among CERT members across the country.

By training teens in emergency preparedness and response, you have the ability to empower our nation’s future with the skills necessary to protect themselves and assist others in the event of an emergency. Students learn basic disaster response skills including fire suppression, light search and rescue, team organization, disaster psychology, terrorism awareness, and disaster medical operations. Participation in CERT is an excellent opportunity for teenagers to learn preparedness and leadership skills that last a lifetime!

If you are interested in starting a Teen CERT in your school or community, contact your local CERT Program today to learn more about getting started. Additionally, if you are considering integrating youth preparedness into an existing program or want to learn more about sustaining an existing youth preparedness program, the Youth How-To-Guide serves as a great resource for guiding you through the process.

Download these materials today and share your best practices via the CERT Online Discussion Forum on the National Preparedness Coalition Website.

Registration to the discussion forum is FREE! Once online, you will find discussions about current and groundbreaking preparedness efforts from fellow CERT members across the country and information about new tools and resources such as those on the Teen CERT website! Additionally, the CERT Discussion site offers those already engaged in Teen CERT and youth preparedness to mentor and guide those who are looking to replicate your success.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Thank You CERT : Our Spring 2012 Course Marshals

From the "Girls On The Run of NoVa" Team Leaders Blog (with permission):

We are excited to announce that Fairfax County’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) - community partners trained to provide an extra level of support to their local neighborhoods in disaster situations - will be fulfilling a special role as the new Course Marshal Sponsor for the Girls on the Run Spring 5K. All of the Spring 5K Course Marshals will be CERT-trained Fairfax County residents.

We know their dedication to the community and broad range of skills (everything from delivering first aid to directing an emergency response effort) will make them especially suited to serve as the Course Marshals that ensure our estimated 10,000+ GOTR girls and Buddy Runners follow the course safely to reach the finish line and complete their GOTR program.

We want to thank James Sobecke, who will be Team Leader for the CERT Course Marshals, for identifying the unique value that CERT-trained team members could offer to the Course Marshal role, and to his whole team for becoming part of this big, fun event. We’re so grateful for your support!

You can learn more about CERT, including details about their program, different levels of training, and how to get involved on their website on

Thank You CERT : Our Spring 2012 Course Marshals

Friday, April 6, 2012

Outreach Training seminar, two dates 11 April, then 18 April

Fairfax County CERT is expanding the Outreach effort. Outreach plays an important part in filling our CERT Basic and CERT 2 classes along with educating the public in emergency preparedness. We are looking for outgoing dedicated people to share the CERT message of preparedness and training.

As the weather gets nicer, we have some big annual events coming up; the plain true is that we need you! Also, more and more businesses, homeowner and faith-based organizations have been requesting us to come out and talk CERT.

We are having an Outreach training seminar you can attend to give you the tools and confidence. Two classes have been scheduled for April 11th then again on April 18th. Both classes will be held at the Government Center, conference room 7 at 7 pm. You will only need to attend one of the dates. Please, email me at with your name, CERT class number and contact info. We will be serving refreshments, so please let me know if you are attending. Thanks!

Judy Howell
Volunteer Public Information Officer (PIO)
Fairfax County CERT, Outreach Team

Monday, April 2, 2012

Updated details on the April 10th Emergency Preparedness Drill in Woodley Hills Estate community, Alexandria

April 10th Emergency Preparedness Drill in Woodley Hills Estate community, Alexandria
The Tuesday Emergency Shelter Drill Exercise that Fairfax County CERT will participate in, is one of the events planned for the Woodley Hills Safety Awareness Week. This is an evening exercise.

Bruce Jones, the IC for this exercise has requested 10 to 15 CERT volunteers. Your role will be as safety officers and support teams for special assistance and ad hoc assignments. We also need Spanish speakers. Bruce will let you know what time he wants you on site prior to the drill. (Please, be on site just prior to 1830 hours for check in) This is an operational/exercise role for CERT. No outside victims will be needed.

Please, send your information to Bruce Jones at . cc Terry and James our volunteer Training Coordinator on that email as well. That information is in the column to the right.

He will need:
1. Your Name and CERT class number
2. Your email address
3. Your phone number, preferably a cell number

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Disaster Drill at Lorton

It's that time again. The flowers are blooming and the warm weather is returning and, we're having a disaster and we need victims. On Saturday May 5, 2012 the current CERT classes will be holding their final exercise at the Juvenile Detention Facility at Lorton Prison. Victims need to arrive at 0700 and be ready for the weather. Long pants and sturdy shoes are required, bug repellent and sunscreen are highly recommended. The exercise will end around 1pm and food & drink will be provided. You should be 15 or older (or parent/guardian must stay with you). For more details email Kevin at