Monday, July 23, 2007
Thursday, July 19, 2007
They need about 50 actors to serve as victims to help with the drill, so that all of their CERT
members will be able to participate.
If you can help out, please contact:
CERT/Citizen Corps Council Liaison
703-706-3940 ext. 231
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
As a reminder, the summit is on July 20, 2007 and more information is available at http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/bizprep.htm.
Friday, July 13, 2007
This class will be on the hazards to first responders from Methamphetamine Labs. This informative two hour presentation taught by the Special Investigation / Narcotics unit of the Fairfax County Police Department will provide an overview of the recognition and the responder hazards to these clandestine operations.
The presentation will focus on:
1. Devastation of the drug
2. Identification of the drug
3. Manufacturing of the drug
4. Clean up of the drug
5. Children at risk
6. Statistics of labs in Virginia
7. What you can do
Monday, July 9, 2007
On-site check in begins at 8 a.m. with a continental breakfast; the opening session begins at 8:30 a.m. The summit will end at approximately 12:30 p.m. Space is limited, and those interested in attending should register at www.fairfaxcounty.gov/emergency/bizprep.htm.
For more information about the Fairfax County Business Preparedness Summit, contact the Office of Public Affairs at 703-324-3187, TTY 711.
Gerald E. Connolly, chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, and Erin Streeter, acting director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Ready Campaign, will keynote the opening session. Bill Lecos, executive director of the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, will provide a welcome on behalf of the business community.
A series of three workshops will highlight the morning, with each workshop offered three times so that attendees can participate in each session.
In one session, Teri Flyn, Fairfax County Risk Management Division, and Cullen Henderson, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management (OEM), will cover business preparedness and continuity of operations planning. David Molchany, deputy county executive, and John Hudson, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, will address how special needs planning should be considered by businesses. And Ellen Kamilakis, also with OEM, will discuss the Fairfax County Citizen Corps programs and how they can work with area businesses.
Lucy Caldwell from the Virginia Department of Health; Merni Fitzgerald, director of the Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs; and Brian Worthy, Fairfax County Office of Public Affairs, will cover risk communications and emergency messaging in the second workshop.
The third session features a tour of Fairfax County’s alternate emergency operations center by Mike Ryan, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management, along with a presentation on the National Incident Management System from Brian Brendel, Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management. Also part of the presentation will be Sharon Smith, Fairfax County Police Department, and Rick Roatch, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department.
Exhibits and displays will be available throughout the day, including the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Volunteer Fairfax and the American Red Cross. Each attendee will receive a notebook of business preparedness materials.
The program concludes with closing remarks by Chairman Connolly, along with a question-and-answer session.
Business representatives are encouraged to attend to learn how to better prepare their business for an emergency, as well as to learn how Fairfax County will operate during an emergency.
Friday, July 6, 2007
"Now is the time for us to embrace the future and improve our education through distance learning," said NFA Superintendent, Dr. Denis Onieal. "NFAOnline provides another option to help further the professionalism of the nation's fire and emergency services and strengthen their ability to combat all hazard emergencies."
NFAOnline provides a user-friendly, state-of-the art training system with technical support and the ability for the student to immediately print a certificate and transcript. The primary effort of NFAOnline is to make available training and materials for the fire service, particularly those unable to attend resident courses in Emmitsburg, Maryland .
There are currently eight courses available on the new NFAOnline. Additional courses are in development and will be added in coming weeks. Course subjects include fire prevention, fire service supervision, incident management (ICS 100 and ICS 200), emergency response to terrorist incidents, and emergency medical services.