Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Capitol Shield 2012-CERTs, wanna come out and play?

Hi folks,
For the fourth year in a row, Fairfax County CERT has been asked to participate in the National
Capitol Region's disaster coordination and response exercise known as Capitol Shield. Have you ever heard of it? Some have, some haven't-here is a link for you. Take a look around the site; it will give you lots of good info on this exercise.

As you can see, this exercise tests incident response capabilities and coordination between a dizzying array of federal, state and local agencies (Like FEMA, US Secret Service, US Army, US Navy, FBI, DHS, White House communications office,fire and rescue departments from all over the DC metro area, etc). It is an exciting exercise, folks. You will get to see disaster response operations "from the inside" in a way few people get to see.

Our role in this exercise will take place Tuesday,October 18th AND Wednesday,October 19th, 2011 from 0700 to 1500 (7am-3pm) at the Lorton youth prison site in Lorton, VA.

We will serve both as victims for the first responders responding to the incident; we will also work as responders during our part of the exercise. Yes, that's right-we will be working as responders as well.
This will be the second time Fairfax County CERT has worked in a response capability with federal,state and local disaster response assets.

We have been asked to provide 20 or more CERT members for this exercise. This exercise is open to ALL CERT Basic class graduates, CERT 2 and CERT 3 graduates, AND for the first time- the CERT students currently in training in CERT 56 and 57. You can participate in only one day of the exercise if you wish-if you do this let me know which day you wish to participate.
If you are interested in participating in this truly unique and exciting exercise, please email me at :

Please put "participation in Capitol Shield " in the subject line, and let us get your FULL NAME, your CERT CLASS NUMBER, EMAIL ADDRESS and a good contact PHONE NUMBER.
Additional information and pre exercise briefing info/maps/data will be sent to you in the days prior to the exercise.


Fairfax County CERT/
CERT volunteer coordinator