Saturday, February 13, 2010

CERT HELP NEEDED AT HOME AND GARDEN SHOW

Hi folks!
I am reposting this request with some new information. We could REALLY use the help!

Fairfax County CERT has been given a unique opportunity-placing a CERT display and doing extrication demonstration drills at the Capital Home & Garden Show running February 25-28th at the Dulles Expo Center. Check out the advertising for Fairfax county CERT on the home and garden show web page! The relevant link is below.

http://www.capitalhomeshow.com/ME2/Sites/dirmod.asp?sid=2263A838BB9D41B1B5985FF73A77AE86&type=gen&mod=Core%20Pages&gid=B149621CCC4F437688571889124E0A30

FYI- We can expect to see an average of 35,000 people over the course of the 3 ½ days. In addition we can expect media coverage of our activities.

Show Dates & Times-we will be doing CERT skill demonstrations every two hours (or less-if we get a crowd we can do a demo on the spot as necessary) of these times. We are committed to doing the drills every two hours (and signage will be placed all around the show with our drill times on them).

Thursday, February 25-5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday, February 26-10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday,February 27-10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 28-10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Folks,we are going to need LOTS of CERT help on this one. We need CERT help with the demonstrations and to help with the display. Our greatest need for CERT help will be Friday, Saturday and Sunday-these days will be the largest in terms of crowds.

The CERT extrication demonstration drills will be held every two hours for the benefit of the audiences. We have been given an entire corner of one of the exposition halls (which was given to us for free; the show exhibitors pay around $ 12.00 per square foot for it!) This space will be used for fire department and CERT activities. This is an event widely covered by local and regional media. With the recent earthquake in Haiti still fresh in everyones' minds; this would be the ideal event to keep emergency preparedness in the minds of the population.

Our event IC , James from CERT 32 has planned a very interesting and safely orchestrated demonstration for the crowds at the event. This will be an extrication drill that will show how CERT basic and CERT 2/3 members can work side by side in a challenging disaster environment scenario. For those who have participated in prior public CERT demonstrations, you know crowds will be attracted to us like a magnet.......So come on out and show your CERT stuff!

We need CERT help for all hours, all days of this event; this event is open to CERT Basic and CERT 2/3 graduates.If you are interested in helping, please email James at jsobecke@verizon.net with your name, CERT class number; what day/days you can work and a good phone number. Please CC me at pio@fairfaxcountycert.org and CC judy, our outreach coordinator at outreach@fairfaxcountycert.org as well.

This will be a great chance to promote CERT and preparedness to people all over the region. Come and be a part of it!

Thanks,
Terry
your volunteer PIO