Tuesday, March 24, 2015

CERT, AmeriCorps Hit the Ground to Increase Neighborhood Preparedness

[Editor's Note: Edgar Rodriguez, CERT Class 79, participated in a community canvassing event to get county residents thinking about preparedness. He shares his experience here.

CERT and AmeriCorps volunteers prepare to go canvassing. All photos: Edgar Rodriguez (seen here last row middle, wearing sunglasses.)

This past Saturday, March 21, 2015, Fairfax County CERT members joined AmeriCorps volunteers to participate in a community canvassing event held by the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management and Volunteer Fairfax.
The event, in the Burke community of Fairfax County, was one of many informative canvassing events where volunteers went door-to-door to encourage county residents to be more prepared for emergencies. 

The volunteers in their vests pose for a group shot.
We distributed packages which included easy guides to building emergency kits for home, vehicles, and the office, along with reminders to people to include medications and emergency supplies for their pets. We also encouraged neighbors to sign up with the county's notification system, Fairfax Alerts.

The package of preparedness materials given to residents.

This event was a great opportunity to do outreach in our community. For future events, OEM will continue to reach out to CERT, including the recently established Local CERT teams, to help spread the preparedness message to their communities.

Edgar Rodriguez, Deputy Logistics Officer with Fairfax County CERT, is retired from the U.S. Army. You can email him at certerod@gmail.com

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