Saturday, April 9, 2011

CERT CON 2011: Connecting CERTs in the National Capital Region June 10-12 Silver Spring, Maryland

CERT CON 2011:
Connecting CERTs in the National Capital Region
June 10-12 Silver Spring, Maryland

The Montgomery County (MD) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is sponsoring a two-day conference to promote cooperation, coordination, and information-sharing among CERT teams in the Metropolitan Washington area.
CERT-CON 2011 will help participants improve the readiness of their CERT teams and increase the resilience of their communities by making contacts, building relationships, and increasing knowledge and skills.

As CERT Program Managers, we need your help in soliciting ideas and help from your CERT leadership and membership. This conference is being presented with the support and approval of the CERT National Program Office.

Read on and you will see more details below. We have only a short time to pull this together, so we are asking you to take a quick look at the rest of the information and get back to us as soon as possible. Would it be unreasonable to ask you to touch base with us by Friday April 15??

Thank you very much for your interest and support.

Greg St. James
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue
Montgomery County CERT / Fire Corps
101 Monroe Street, 12th Floor
Rockville, Maryland 20850


The conference will cost $25 per attendee, which includes a meet-and-greet reception on Friday evening, June 10th, lunch and breaks throughout the day on Saturday, June 11th, as well as special training activities on Sunday morning, June 12th.

CERT Basic training graduates are invited, as well as some specific invited guests.
Invited Keynote Speaker: Craig Fugate or other high-ranking FEMA/DHS official.

CERT-CON 2011 will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Building, at One Veterans Plaza in downtown Silver Spring. The building itself is almost a year old and has all the conveniences that we might wish for in a conference facility, including several breakout rooms, a great hall, an entrance foyer looking out over the plaza, and a wonderful location. If you are driving, it’s a couple of miles from the Beltway (down Georgia Avenue or Colesville Road) and there is free parking right across the street. For public transit, we have a Metrorail stop about three blocks away and several bus routes. In downtown Silver Spring, we are lucky enough to have an abundance of restaurants, hotels, and shops within a couple of blocks of the Civic Building.

A tentative schedule follows:

Friday, June 10, 2011:
Registration set-up starts at 4 pm.
Registration and Meet-and-Greet 6 to 8 PM
For further gathering and especially for those who might want to stay in the Silver Spring area, Silver Spring has a huge number of hotels, great restaurants, and watering holes within a very short walk.

Saturday, June 11, 2011:
Plenary Session: 9 AM
Breakouts: 10:30 to noon – see below for suggested topics and please help with your own ideas for topics and speakers.
Lunch with speaker: noon to 1:30
Breakouts: 1:30 to 5 or 5:30 – see below for suggested topics and please help with your own ideas for topics and speakers.
Evening: On your own. There will be some meeting space at the Civic Building to meet until 8 PM, or just to regroup before dinner.

Sunday: June 12, 2011
We envision two or three focused workshops, from 9 or 10 AM to noon. Already confirmed is:
- Moulage Hands-On Seminar from Military Moulage of Virginia - World class moulage instruction. The first 50 people to sign up for this can attend.
Proposed topics for the Sunday sessions include hands-on, skill-building activities. Since all attendees will have completed the CERT training, we would like to focus on skills that are not in the basic CERT training, but which enhance or advance the existing skills of individual CERT members.

For the breakout sessions, we will have some that are 90 minutes long and most that are 45 minutes long.

Here is where we want to include your ideas, your speakers, your suggestions, and your support in following up. What ideas do you have? What speakers might you contribute? Please contact us (at no later than April 15 2001 so we can get this process started. We appreciate your support and participation.

Suggested topics so far include these:
- Sheltering in Place – New Value to an Old Idea
- Power (and Water) To The People – Dealing with the most common disruption to our daily lives in the region
- Metro Rail – Hazards and Opportunities for CERT preparedness and response
- Beyond CERT Basic – what programs exist or do we want that take CERT grads to a higher level?
- Advanced Medical Response for CERTs – going beyond basic first aid
- Using Social Media to promote preparedness and/or team-building
- “Fit to Respond” – dealing with physical and psychological issues of individual and team readiness
- Psycho-Spiritual Aspects of Response – Why we do the things we do, and how it affects us
- CERT Leadership Roundtable – an opportunity for people in CERT leadership positions to compare notes and help each other
- Including People with Disabilities in CERT Training and Response – Gifts Differing
- Coordinating CERT Communications Protocols – not about the toys
- Non-traditional Preparedness Outreach
- Mutual Aid among CERT Teams in the National Capital Region
- Seeking behavioral change in community preparedness
- Victims No More! - Getting Involved in Other Organization’s Emergency Exercises as Responders
- Working with NGO's
- Sharing real world/life stories
- Recruiting and Retention
- Running Effective Meetings
- Animal Sheltering