Monday, June 1, 2009

CERT's in operation at the Herndon Festival-a recap

Hi folks!
CERT members played an operational role in support of the Herndon festival this past weekend. CERT's worked in the first aid station in support of EMS during the four day event. We also managed lost child operations in support of the festival.
Thursday and Friday were quiet, with few injuries and one lost child per night (and torrential downpours both nights!)
Saturday was the big day; we had 12 lost children in the course of the day, one which necessitated a search of the festival grounds (all of downtown Herndon!) to find the child. (Not as easy as it sounds!) But we had a 100% success rate. There were many tearful and happy "mother and child reunions" on Saturday.There were numerous minor scrapes cuts and bruises throughout the course of the festival-at one point Saturday afternoon, we went from no patients in the aide tent to six of them in less than a minute. We were BUSY!
CERT members assisted by taking information from the patients and getting supplies for the EMT's as needed; and getting info from the lost child or parent to relay to the police on the grounds.
Each CERT crew assisted with the EMS "run teams", walking around the festival grounds looking for guests in distress. Your CERTs also went out as roving safety patrols; looking for hazards and correcting them or pointing them out as necessary.
Sunday was somewhat quieter than Saturday, but we still had a steady flow of "customers".

A big thank you goes out to the Fair Oaks volunteer fire department for allowing us to help them this weekend; they are a super group of amazingly dedicated (and fun to be with!) group of people.

It was an exciting weekend folks, and these dedicated CERT members participated in making the 2009 Herndon festival a safe and enjoyable event for all. I say dedicated, because each CERT that participated stayed longer than their original scheduled shifts. . All CERTs help was greatly needed and very much appreciated!

Terry, your volunteer PIO/ CERT 14
Lani from CERT 4
Bennie from CERT 38
Peter from CERT 34
Donna from CERT 1
Randy from CERT 23
Susy from CERT 4

A special "YOU ROCK" goes out to the Saturday crew; Donna and Randy.These two CERTs worked nearly 13 hours straight (although their shift was scheduled for only 6 hours)-we were that busy!

We have Celebrate Fairfax coming up too! The event runs from Friday June 5th through Sunday June 7th. If you would like to help at this event (where we will be doing the same things as we did in Herndon) just send me an email with your name, your CERT class number and a cellphone number. Come out and enjoy the action!

your volunteer PIO