Saturday, July 6, 2013

CERT Training: 72-Hour Emergency Kit Essentials, 7/9/13, 7PM

Is your 72-hour emergency kit up to the task?

Old emergency kit photo by Flickr user sanchow, used under Creative Commons license.
If your answer is "No", "I Don't Know," or "What's a 72-hour emergency kit?" then this CERT training class is definitely for you.

(If you already have a solid 72-hour kit -- or think you do -- this CERT continuing education class will also go beyond 72 hours and look at long-term food and water storage.)

On Tuesday, July 9, 7-10pm at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy, CERT volunteer Judy Howell will lead a class on how to assemble a 72-hour emergency kit with vital supplies that can sustain your family for 3 days after a disaster.

The course is open to all, with no prerequisites. To register for this free class:

Current CERT volunteers: Log in to; from the menu bar, select Training > Training Calendar and click the class listing for July 9th.

Don't have a account? You'll need to register for one, free. Once your account is set up, follow the instructions above to sign up for the class.
Be Prepared for an Emergency
Sample emergency supplies image by Flickr user komunews, used under Creative Commons license.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and disaster preparedness experts recommend that all households have at least a 72-hour supply of food, water, medicines, and other essentials for you and your family after an emergency.

During the class, Judy will cover topics including:
  • What do I put into my 72-hour kit?
  • How should I pack and store my kit?
  • How do I maintain my 72-hour kit?
In addition, Judy will look at longer-term emergency supply storage, including freeze-dried and dehydrated foods, food processing, and drinking water storage.

For additional information about the class, please e-mail Judy.

Sign up now for the July 9th 72-Hour Emergency Kit Class at