Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Outreach Roundup: August 19, 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
We completed the Outreach inventory, and have set up an inventory management system for all Outreach assets, including our Outreach booth kits. (Please note: if anyone is still holding any Outreach supplies, please return them as soon as possible so we can properly account for them.)

In addition, all the FEMA brochures that we hand out at events are now stamped with our www.fairfaxcountycert.org address, so that in addition to the preparedness message, recipients also get a reminder to visit Fairfax County CERT. (If you have any of the unstamped brochures, please contact Char at outreach@fairfaxcountycert.org so you can swap them for the new versions.)

And speaking of brochures, we're working on an updated version of the CERT tri-fold brochure. We hope to get it out to the printer soon.

Also, thank you to Susy Ledgerwood, Donna Hosek, Stephen Richardson, and Carlos Santiso for their excellent work on National Night Out events. 

Upcoming Outreach Events
Here are some upcoming events. For more information and to volunteer for an event, click the volunteer management system (VMS) sign-up link (where available) or email outreach@fairfaxcountycert.org

Saturday, Aug. 23: Old Firehouse Teen Center Block Party -- 1-2 CERTs needed to set up and staff an Outreach booth at this annual block party in downtown McLean. 2:00 PM (set up) to 8:00 PM. Sign-up: Outreach Lead.

Tuesday, Aug. 26: Springfield BridgeWalk -- We need as many CERTs as we can get to march (in their CERT t-shirts) in this short (0.2 mile) parade across Veterans Bridge in Springfield. 7:00-9:00 PM. Sign-up: Outreach Lead.

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. Sign-up: VMS link pending.

Oct. 11: Fire Prevention Week, Fire Station Open Houses -- Team Leader and event staffer positions still available! 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. Sign-up: Outreach Lead (VMS link pending)

CERT Outreach setup at the Vienna Fire Station during the 2013 open house. Photo: Donna Hosek.
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 outreach@fairfaxcountycert.org. Thanks, and we hope to see you at an upcoming event!

Char Silberstein is Outreach Lead for Fairfax County CERT. You can email her at outreach@fairfaxcountycert.org.

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