Saturday, January 31, 2009

A CERT helping out during the inauguration-a good story

Hi folks!
This story was forwarded to me today. It's about another member of our Fairfax County CERT family (Mike from CERT 34) who helped during the inaugural as a Red Cross volunteer. This story made the Red Cross volunteer newsletter from what I understand.
Nice job Michael!

Volunteer Michael Bartlett Gathers Critical Service Data
for Inauguration, Other Operations
by Madeline LaCore, Red Cross Volunteer

“Anyone can make a difference, as long as you're willing to make the effort,” says
Michael Bartlett, a Financial and Statistical Information (FSI) specialist for the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area. Bartlett, a divorced father of three, devotes his free weekends to volunteering at the Red Cross Chapter Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.

As a Red Cross FSI volunteer, he gathers statistics on the organization’s use of resources—cots, blankets, meals and other essential resources—in order to keep tabs on the need to move supplies from one location to another or the need to obtain more. It’s Michael’s duty to collect information from volunteers in Montgomery County, Fairfax and the District of Columbia. Bartlett, stationed during the Inauguration in the Regional Disaster Coordination Center (RDCC) in Fairfax was one of the hundreds of volunteers who worked tirelessly to carry out their varied roles during the Inaugural event. More than 300 volunteers devoted their time to the Red Cross Inaugural event.

Professionally, Bartlett works as a full time Chief Financial Officer for an accounting firm. However, he learned of an opening for the FSI position while training to be a member of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). CERT members are trained to be first responders during an emergency, until the professional responders arrive.

Michael Bartlett has 18 years of financial experience under his belt and being “behind the scenes doing numbers” during the Inauguration at the RDCC came quite natural for him. With no pay and long hours, he encourages all prospective volunteers to “do something you enjoy and put that to good use…whatever it is, stick with something you enjoy.”

your volunteer PIO