Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Missy's Minute: What to Expect at the Fairfax County CERT All-Hands

[This week, we introduce Missy's Minute, featuring thoughts and updates from Missy Tuttle-Ferrio, Fairfax County CERT's Volunteer Lead. In addition to leading all the efforts (on the volunteer side) of Fairfax County CERT, Missy is also a Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department EMT, Search & Rescue Technician II, and Wilderness First Responder.]
It's been over 10 years since the Fairfax County CERT program was created to help citizens prepare for and respond to major disasters that could affect their communities.

To reach that mission, Fairfax County CERT has held 81 CERT classes at the Fire & Rescue Academy and locations throughout the community, producing over 1,300 trained CERTs (and counting).

On Thursday, April 26 [correction: April 24] at 7pm, we're having a Fairfax County CERT All-Hands Meeting, to reconnect and re-engage with any and all of those CERTs. If you're a CERT, you're welcome to attend. (Even if it's been a while since your last drill. Especially if it's been a while since your last drill.)

At the meeting, you'll learn about updates to the CERT program, which incorporate some of the things we've learned over the years. You'll hear about our Outreach efforts, and some of the great classes we've added to the training lineup.

You'll also get to hear about our new concept of CERT participation levels, for those CERTs who want to take a more active role in their community. And you'll learn more about our plans for 2014 and beyond.

You'll learn about all this, get a chance to network with CERTs from all classes, and much more.

Also, there will be puppets.

If you haven't yet, please RSVP for the event, and if by chance you're a CERT and you didn't get your invite, you can email me at

See you on Thursday!

Missy Tuttle-Ferrio, Volunteer Lead of Fairfax County CERT, is CEO of Gemmis Technologies. You can email her at

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