Friday, June 28, 2013

Attendee Information for This Weekend's CERT CON 2013

CERT CON 2013 is almost here, and we're all looking forward to seeing you -- both on Saturday for a full day of seminars, talks, and hands-on learning sessions, and on Sunday for the full-scale exercise.

Registered CERT CON participants, check your email for a "Message to Attendees" that has all the logistical information you'll need, including start times, directions, session information, and more. Here are some of the highlights:


 Getting to CERT CON 2013

Saturday's CERT CON events will be held on the campus of Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus. The address is 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003:

Please park in Parking Lot B. CERT staffers in vests will be on hand to guide traffic, and once you've parked, follow the signs to the Ernst Cultural Community Center (Building CE on the campus map).

The Ernst Cultural Community Center
On-site check-in runs from 7:30 AM to 9 AM. Please bring valid photo ID. The program begins promptly at 9am; plan on arriving early to get your coffee and light breakfast, and do some networking with your fellow CERT CON attendees. (The Saturday program will run to 4:30 PM -- lunch will be served at the appropriate time.)

Are You Registered for Your Saturday Sessions?

The attendee email also includes a link to the registration form for Saturday's breakout seminars. Make sure you've indicated your choices -- the planning team is doing its best ensure that people get their first choice of seminar.

You can see class session descriptions, instructor bios and more at the CERT CON 2013 Registration page.

Saturday Social Media

We'll have guest access to the campus Wi-Fi network -- check at the registration desk for details.

If you'll be posting content from CERT CON:

* Tag your blog posts, photos, etc. with "CERTCON"
* Twitter users, use the hashtag #CERTCON, and follow @FairfaxCtyCERT for updates about the event, and to submit questions and feedback via @reply or DM.
* Flickr users, add your photos to the CERT CON 2013 photo pool

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!

Remember, Sunday will be the full-scale exercise, and it'll take place at the former Lorton Correctional Facility in Lorton, Virginia. If you're a "victim" actor, please arrive by 7:30 AM so your injury makeup ("moulage") can be applied -- all others should arrive by 8 AM.

Full directions and site information will be given out on Saturday. (If you're a "victim" actor, or only attending Sunday, please email for location information.)

CERTs training at the Lorton site earlier in 2013.
Please note: The Lorton site features highly realistic conditions, so there will be an extensive site safety briefing on Saturday and Sunday. It is critical that all participants (actors, observers, CERTCON staff and CERTs) do the following:
  • Bring photo ID. (Victim actors will also be required to sign a waiver.)
  • Wear ONLY closed-toe shoes. No flip-flops, sandals, etc. No exceptions. (There's a lot of broken glass and rubble at the site.)
  • Long pants are mandatory. That's right: No shorts.
  • Bring insect repellent, sunscreen, and a water bottle. (Ticks are a known hazard at the site.)
  • CERTs who will be participating in the exercise should remember to bring their CERT gear, including full PPE (personal protective equipment.)
Water and portable toilets will be provided, and lunch will be served. (But there's no Wi-Fi.)

We look forward to seeing you this weekend. Remember, you can check the CERT CON 2013 event page for more information.

Finally, if you like, please post a comment below to introduce yourself to your fellow attendees.

1 comment:

  1. Hi -- I'm Joe Loong, Fairfax County CERT Class 45. I plan to cover Saturday's sessions and Sunday's functional exercise for this blog and social media. If you see me, say hi!


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