The Fairfax County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will sponsor the sixth annual CERT conference (CERTCON 2016) in the National Capital Region on Sept. 24 and 25.
The focus of CERTCON 2016 is “Back to Basics – Neighbors Helping Neighbors.” The goal is to expose each attendee to opportunities to refresh his or her CERT skills and techniques. An elective schedule of classroom presentations, demonstrations, workshops and hands-on sessions will allow participants to return home to their neighborhoods, businesses and CERT teams with a customized experience of refreshed skills.
CERTCON 2016 is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 24, at the Annandale Campus of the Northern Virginia Community College and Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Lorton Training Site. All CERTs are invited to attend, and we especially encourage CERTs from the mid-Atlantic region to seize the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills sets, as well as be exposed to new and different techniques and tools. The objective for this CERTCON is to make us all more effective as “Neighbors Helping Neighbors.”
If you’re still not sure if you want to attend CERTCON 2016, check out tentative Saturday, Sept. 24 schedule of sessions:
- Hurricanes and the Middle Atlantic States, A Surprising History – Rick Schwartz
- Controlling Utilities in Your Home – Jonathan Wood, Fair Oaks VFRC
- Traumatic Triage – Dr. Dan Avstreih, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
- Blood Borne Pathogens – Capt. Pete Masters, Fairfax County Fire and Rescue
- Bystander Care – Greg St. James, Montgomery County CERT
- Excellence in Leadership – Phil Amtower. MO CERT I
- Autism Spectrum and First Responder – Scott Campbell
- Everything Duct Tape – Anita Van der Merwe, Missy Tuttle-Ferrio
- Crowd Management and Community Events – Barry Feil, director, Celebrate Fairfax
- Emergency Communications in Disasters – ARRL
- Community Animal Response Team (CART), Louisa County
- Exercise Design and Execution – Derek Rowan
On Sunday, Sept. 25, the conference will be capped with a full-day of exercises and demonstrations at the Fairfax County Urban Search and Rescue training facility in Lorton, Virginia. Throughout the day, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on refresher exercises that will challenge their skills in search and rescue and first aid.
Additional sponsors of CERTCON 2016 are the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Georgetown University CERT, Prince George’s County CERT, Montgomery County CERT, the Franconia Volunteer Fire Department, DC Serve, and Navy Federal Credit Union.
Be ready. Be willing to help.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
How is the money distributed?
Fund proceeds will be distributed to local long-term recovery groups, members of the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and other non-profit and faith-based organizations as a grant.
Many of these groups work directly with individuals and families following a disaster.
How else can I donate?
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund benefits projects that include: repair or rebuilding of underinsured dwellings, transportation assistance, replacing essential household items, helping renters establish new rental residence, temporary living expenses while recovering from loss, and more.
How can I donate?
If you want to help, send checks made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971