Friday, August 1, 2014

Outreach Roundup: August 1, 2014

Welcome to the Fairfax County CERT Outreach Roundup, where we'll highlight recent Outreach activities and point out opportunities for you to get involved with events in the next 30-60 days (and beyond)!

CERT Outreach helps our community be more prepared for disasters by going out and encouraging people to increase their preparedness and take Fairfax County CERT training.

Outreach Recap

Although we had some great Outreach planning and inventory meetings, the highlight of July was introducing people to CERT at our Outreach booth at the July 13 kickoff for the World Police and Fire Games.

Not only did we get the chance to talk up Fairfax County CERT to hundreds of interested passersby (getting dozens of them to sign up for more info) and watch some great sports demonstrations, but we also got a visit from Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department's Chief Richard Bowers, a friend and strong supporter of CERT.

Fairfax County Fire Chief Richard Bowers (center) at the Fairfax County CERT Outreach booth with CERTs Joe Loong, Nichole Klocke Rodriguez, Brendan O'Neill, and Edgar Rodriguez. (Photo: Char Silberstein)

Most impressive was the fact that this Outreach opportunity popped up at the last minute. In only a few days, the team was able to stand up and fully staff the event. Great job!

Upcoming Outreach Events

Here are some upcoming events. For more information and to volunteer for an event, click the link (where available) or email

Aug. 5: National Night Out -- National Night Out started in 1984 as a way to prevent crime by bringing neighborhood residents together with each other and the first responders who serve them. Now, on the first Tuesday of August, over 16,000 communities hold activities ranging from block parties and cookouts to safety demonstrations and rallies, usually from 7-10 PM (though they can happen at any time during the day).

If your community is participating in NNO activities, take this opportunity to get to know your neighbors better, and tell them about CERT and what makes it valuable. Email us for tips, tricks, and best practices to make your message more effective.

Sept. 6-7: Ready-Set-Know Festival -- CERT will be joined by several other volunteer service organizations in an effort to highlight different ways Fairfax County residents can be more prepared for any emergency.

Sept. 30: America's Prepareathon National Day of Action -- September is National Preparedness Month, and as part of it, we'll be coming up with an activity for the National Day of Action to help increase community preparedness (as well as other activities during the month). Stay tuned!

Oct. 4-5: Fall for Fairfax Kidsfest -- We'll have an Outreach booth at this popular kid-focused event at the Fairfax County Government Center.

Oct. 11: Fire Prevention Week, Fire Station Open Houses -- This is a big one; we need CERTs to staff Outreach tables at fire stations all around Fairfax County. The more CERTs we can get, the better.

Tentative Events:
TBD: Parade (Annandale Fall or Vienna Halloween) -- We're exploring having CERTs marching in a local fall parade. Watch for more updates as we get them.

Plus, we've got CERTs doing additional Outreach events at the Pentagon, US Patent and Trademark Office, and Booz Allen Hamilton.

For more information about these events or any other Outreach activities, please email the Outreach team at Thanks, and we hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Char Silberstein and Esperanza Rey are Outreach co-leads for Fairfax County CERT. You can email them at

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