Wednesday, October 3, 2007

"CERT-ifiably" good volunteer events coming up

Hi folks!
Forgive the lame attempt at humor there; but I wanted to keep you up to date on upcoming CERT volunteer oppurtunities. October 6th is the date of Alexandria CERT's city wide disaster drill, here's the details. Please note that this exercise counts as a CERT refresher.

In case anyone is planning to victim, but did not rsvp, we do not have their contact information to let them know of the changes. Please re-send ASAP the following Invitation Update for immediate dispersal to everyone who got the victim invitations. Thank you.
Alexandria Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) 203, 205, and 207, in conjunction with the Alexandria Office of Emergency Management, request your participation as victims for a mass casualty exercise.
WHAT: The 615 Exercise is Alexandria CERT's first annual full scale exercise. It will be a chance to victim in a simulated mass casualty environment and an opportunity to meet and work with local CERT members.
WHO: 21 years of age minimum, unless otherwise approved; CERT graduates of any jurisdiction, Red Cross volunteers, AVB members, anyone with a public safety background.
WHEN: Saturday, October 6, 2007. Report between 8:45 and 9:00a.m. Please be prompt, as the schedule is very tight. The exercise should close between 12:30 and 1:00.
WHERE: John Adams School at 5651 Rayburn Avenue, one block off Beauregard Street, Alexandria-near the Mark Center. Report to the soccer field behind the school. Look for directional signs beginning at Beauregard.
WEAR: Clothes that you expect to get dirty, torn, cut, burned,and/or blood-soaked. Please dress appropriately for the weather and feel free to bring a blanket if you do not wish to be on the ground.
RSVP: If you have not already done so, please respond to the following email address:
Please provide your full name, telephone, and a list of any similar exercises you may have participated in previously. Please CC# me on the email you send, so I can keep track of who from our CERT is going.CC the email to

The next event is the Boy Scouts of America disaster drill camporee being held at the Fairfax county fire academy (where we train to be CERT's , incidentally)This event is on Saturday, October 13th and our part of it will run from 8am until 8pm (or as long as you can help).Here's who I have listed for helping at this event:
Betty Varholy
Jim Raba
This event counts as a CERT refresher and WE REALLY NEED TO HELP OUT AT THIS EVENT ! We need LOTS of CERT's to help......If you've completed CERT training this is an exceptional oppurtunity to teach others what you have learned and gain refresher points to boot! I know Charles Monts of CERT 12 has put a huge amount of time and effort to make this camporee happen; and I hope you can help him out. If your'e interested in helping please email me at .
Thanks for your help!
volunteer PIO
There are other upcoming volunteer oppurtunities, as I receive the information I'll post it here on the blog.

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