Friday, December 26, 2008

Facebook ROCKS ! and an okie dokie for a new CERT brochure!

Hi folks!
I hope everyone has had a wonderful holiday season! I've got a few things to toss out to the Fairfax County CERT family, so here goes.......
Hey, you haven't tried Facebook yet! Why not? Cathleen set up a Fairfax County CERT facebook page, but I haven't seen many people on it. C'mon, give it a try! Below is the Wikipedia description of the site.

Facebook is a popular, free-access social networking website that is operated and privately owned by Facebook, Inc.[1] Users can join networks organized by city, workplace, school, and region to connect and interact with other people. People can also add friends and send them messages, and update their personal profile to notify friends about themselves.

I wasn't a big fan of these social networking sites,I always thought this sort of thing the province of the 18-25 crowd........until I tried it. I'll tell you, Facebook is actually quite interesting! You sign up for it (hey, it's FREE), you build a personal profile,put your own pictures on it, post your favorite youtube videos there,and connect with other people all over the world. You can throw a snowball,"poke someone"; learn of my love of punk rock and Wallace and Grommit; Micah and his love of the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Cathleen's always interesting game of Pirates.Not to mention Denise's always intriguiging posts. Some CERT members are already on there, and it's a really a lot of fun folks.

On a deeper level; Facebook is a way to easily connect with people....not only for the silly and mundane, but possibly in not so good times. In an emergency a facebook post could conceivably allow loved ones to know if you were ok-sometimes a text message or email gets out where phone lines may be overloaded or downed. THAT is the intriguiging part of facebook-It may be useful in that respect. Another thing-Facebook software is freely available for your Blackberry, I phone and a host of other PDA/smartphones. I "Face" on my blackberry,myself. Give it a try, you'll be glad you did!

On another subject, we have been allotted the funding to make a new CERT brochure!!!!! As those who have come out to work at our community outreach event (you have, haven't you?? Remember, participation in three community outreach events in a calendar year can count as your yearly refresher.) Fairfax County CERT uses a variety of handouts, one page sheets and the like to get the emergency preparedness and CERT message to the community. With this new brochure we can combine the hodge podge into one easy to hand out brochure.
But I need your help.................. What would YOU like to see in a CERT brochure? The target of the brochure is everybody-residents all over Fairfax County. Drop me a line at and lets all brainstorm on this. We have a substantial amount of funding for this project, I was told. So, if you have an idea please pass it on. This brochure will represent OUR CERT team to our neighbors. I've got some time (scratch that, LOTS of time- I was laid off from my job the week before Christmas-ho ho oh no! for me) to put this together and would like to finalize the layout before December 31st if possible.
On a final note, are there any CERT members that speak or write other languages? If you do, please let me know.

your volunteer PIO