Sunday, August 31, 2008

National Preparedness Month community outreach update, and CERTs for an operational role needed

Hi folks!
I have some updates for you regarding some of the upcoming CERT community outreach events.

September 10th- Faith communities in action conference at the Fairfax County government center from 2-4 pm. If you would like to help with the CERT display please contact me at pio@fairfaxcountycert.org

September 13th-Centreville day-at St john's episcopal church in Centreville 9am to 4 pm. If someone could work this event, please contact me. I cannot get the time off from work to work this event.

September 13th-Members of Reston/Herndon CERT are working the Reston district Fairfax County police dept. open house at the Reston district police station. Lani of Herndon/Reston CERT is coordinating this event. If you are interested in helping, contact Lani directly at OnyxArcher@cs.com .

September 20th-Emegency preparedness awareness fair, 10am to 2pm at Groveton baptist church in Alexandria. I don't have all information on this event yet, as I get more info I'll pass it on.

September 23rd-USDA emergency preparedness fair in Alexandria 10am-2pm-We will have the CERT display here. If you would like to help man the CERT booth, please contact me.

September 25th-Emergency preparedness roundtable meeting, town of Herndon police station 7pm-9pm. This is a combination roundtable meeting on emergency preparedness describing how local response organizations coordinate disaster response activities. In addition, citizens will be able to have a short question and answer session with the roundtable representatives. Herndon/Reston CERT is handling this event, contact Lani at onyxarcher@cs.com for more information.

October 4th-Fall for Fairfax event, Fairfax County government center 9am-6pm. We'll have the CERT display here in the safety island display section. We will need help on the display.
CERT has been asked by Jeffrey, the fire dept. volunteer coordinator for two to three CERT members to work in an operational role at this event. These CERT members will be helping EMS; these CERTs will be working crowd control for EMS teams deployed to calls on site. Any CERT that has completed Fairfax County CERT training is elgible to work this duty. If you are interested in working with EMS at this event, the first 3 CERT members that contact me at pio@fairfaxcountycert.org with their name, their CERT class number and their phone number will be chosen. Those CERT's selected will report directly to the OIC (officer in charge) of the event by 9am.

October 11th-Fire prevention day/Fire department open house-9am to 4pm.
CERT will be in four different fire houses on this day; we'll have a CERT display set up in each of these stations. The stations hosting CERT displays are:
# 2-Vienna
#14-Burke
#17-Centreville
McLean

We need two CERT's to work the displays in each station; and each CERT will need to be there from 9am to 4pm. The fire stations will be feeding us lunch (and from experience, they make a good lunch!).
The CERT program in Fairfax County would not be the world class program it is without the support of the county fire and rescue department. They support us in a number of ways; and we really need to show our support for them at this event. They are counting on us to help make their event a rousing success. If you are interested in helping out, please email me with your name and class number.

October 27th-Capitol Shield exercise, Lorton Prison 8am to 5pm. CERT members will be victims for first responders on the morning of the exercise; and will be responders in some capacity during the afternoon of this event. I have no more details at this point; as I get them I will pass them along. If your'e interested in participating please send me an email with your name, email address and CERT class number.

These are the community outreach events CERT will be participating in; remember participation in three outreach events in a calendar year counts as a CERT refresher course. This is an easy,interesting and fun way to take your yearly required CERT refresher class. Community outreach events also afford you the opportunity to help your fellow neighbors learn to prepare for disasters. And, helping one's neighbors is what CERT is all about, right?

Finally, for those CERT members that helped with the National night out event in August-if you have any leftover handouts or freebies from this event, please contact me at pio@fairfaxcountycert.org. Remaining stocks of outreach materials are very! low at this point; and we could do the "green thing" and recycle what's left by using them at other events.

Thanks for your help folks.

Terry
your volunteer PIO

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