Sunday, July 18, 2010

National Night Out - Standby for details

Fairfax County Police are again interested in CERT participation in the National Night Out (NNO)Program, Tuesday, August 3rd. As in the past this involves two CERTs per district that will ride-along with the McGruff the Crime Dog entourage (space and vehicles permitting) to visit selected community NNO events (e.g., block party, ice cream social, pool party). CERT is included in NNO as another community asset that can play a roll in emergency preparedness and community activities in conjunction with Neighborhood Watch and other civic and homeowner association functions. This will be a meet-and-greet the local community leadership function, to provide them a brief description of CERT - we will have a handout package for each venue. We have garnered a lot of community interest in CERT from our past participation in NNO.

Dress will be casual (comfortable for you, appropriate for the task); CERT vest and helmet (without mask, goggles). Do not bring your backpack or other gear due to limited space in the police vehicles. You will start and return to the designated Police District station.

The coordination for this years event is slowly developing, since many Police Districts have only one Community Liaison officer. I am awaiting more information regarding which District's will be active for NNO and whether CERT will be invited to participate with them.

If you are interested in this specialized Outreach event, contact me as soon as possible - identify your availablity from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, August 3rd, and which Police District you are interested in supporting.