LODD Howard County Maryland Firefighter

Our thought and prayers are with the members of the Howard County Fire Department and the family of FF Nathan Flynn a 13 year veteran of the department and worked from Station 10 (Rivers Park).  It is reported that FF Flynn fell through a floor while battling a 7 alarm fire in Clarksville, MD. He was rescued and transported in critical condition to Howard County Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. No information is available at this time on funeral arrangements.

BASIC CERT Class offering

NOTE: Our September Basic CERT Class is now full but it does have a waiting list. We do occasionally have cancellations. There is no fee to join the waiting list.

Anne Arundel – Annapolis CERT is offering a Basic CERT class in September 2018. The Basic CERT class is approximately 20.5 hours of instruction in basic disaster skills over the 4 days.

CERT Basic training consists of 20.5 hours of training including a mass casualty exercise.

CERT Basic Training is designed to prepare you to help yourself and to help others in the event of a catastrophic disaster. Because emergency services personnel will not be able to help everyone immediately, you can make a difference by using your CERT training to save lives and protect property. This training covers basic skills that are important to know in a disaster when emergency services are not available. With training and practice, and by working as a team, you will be able to protect yourself and do the greatest good for the greatest number after a disaster. Medical or EMT experience is not required.

September 28: 6pm-9pm
September 29: 8am-5pm
September 30: 8am-3pm
October 6: 8am-12pm.  Course completion and Disaster Simulation
Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy
415 Maxwell Frye Road
Millersville, MD 21108

$60.00 to cover the cost of the equipment that you will receive and keep and instructional supplies.

Snacks/Lunch: On your own – suggest that you bring a bag lunch, however, there are several fast food restaurants nearby.

Refunds:  Last minute cancellations limit the opportunities for others to register.  As such, refunds are only available 7 or more days prior to the beginning of class.

The following two on-line FEMA Emergency Management Institute courses must be successfully completed prior to the start of Basic CERT training on September 28.  Please e-mail the certificate link or a scan of the certificate to bjmorgenstern@comcast.net (preferred) or you may bring a copy of the certificate to the first Basic CERT class.  These courses are free (note:  you will be required to get a Student ID (SID) which also is free).  The courses are listed as 3 hours each in duration but, on the average, students complete them in a little more than half that time.

1. IS-100.B: Introduction to Incident Command System, ICS-100

2. IS-700.A: National Incident Management System (NIMS) An Introduction


Questions? ContactAAACERT Training

We look forward to having you!

Be Prepared. Have a Plan.

If It Smells Rotten … Beware! Poison Toxic Tidbits

From ToxicTidbits a monthly publication of Maryland Poison Control Center, University of Maryland.

You are standing near a sewer line and smell rotten eggs. You are helping to resuscitate a patient in cardiopulmonary arrest and smell bitter almonds.
What is that odor?
Volatilized chemicals that humans and animals perceive by the sense of smell  (olfaction) cause odors. Some odors are pleasant while others are unpleasant or even repulsive. An odor can serve as a warning of potential danger. In medicine, recognizing odors is an important skill. It can aid in rapid diagnosis, guide laboratory evaluation and may allow for early treatment before the development of more serious clinical signs … READ THE ARTICLE.

AAACERT Amateur Radio Net – QSL Card Info

Good evening. If you are checking into the net or have checked into the net the QSL below is what you will receive. I expect to mail the cards out around 05 July. Cards will be sent to the address as it is shown on QRZ. If you have  different USMail address that you want use, email me by using the Contact Us form.

AAACERT Amateur Radio Inaugural Net QSL.

We would like to thank Hal & Sue of CheapQSLs for their help with the design and printing of the cards and for the many revisions that we went through. I can’t thank them enough for their help.


Local Amateur Radio Field Day Events

On the fourth weekend of June, more than 40,000 amateur radio operators (hams) throughout North America set up temporary transmitting with their clubs, groups, friends or individually to operate from remote locations. The purpose is to demonstrate ham radio’s science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933 and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest
and, most of all, FUN!

It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our roles. While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.
The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
Amateur Radio operators use these same skills when they help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walka-thons;
celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so complex — ham radio has been called into action, again and again, to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in a real disaster and post-disaster situations such as recently deployed after the devastating hurricane in Puerto Rico.

Where to find local Field Day Activities in Anne Arundel County

Davidsonville, MD
Davidsonville Family Recreation Center
3789 Queen Anne Bridge Road
Davidsonville, MD 21035
Contact: Keith Miller, AE3D
Talk-In: 147.105+/107.2

Pasadena, MD
Downs Park Youth Camping Area
Sponsor: Maryland Mobileers Radio Club (W3CU)
Talk-In: 146.805- / 107.2
Contact: Ross Sorci

Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Launches “Know Your Zone”

The following is taken from the MEMA website.

Program Designed to Ease Evacuation in Areas Subject to Tidal Floods, Surge

REISTERSTOWN, Md. (June 14, 2018) — With the record-setting 2017 hurricane season still fresh in most American’s minds, the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), in conjunction with local emergency managers, is rolling out a new hurricane and severe weather evacuation system as a result of the Maryland hurricane evacuation study which concluded earlier this year.  The study identified 3 large areas in Maryland subject to tidal flooding. Know Your Zone aims to bring awareness of the evacuation zones to the forefront of Marylanders’ summer plans and make evacuation notices easier to disseminate.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released its forecast for the upcoming season and predicted near- to above-normal activity.  However, it only takes one storm hitting the mid-Atlantic area to seriously affect Maryland.

“As experts are forecasting an active Hurricane season this year, I strongly encourage all Marylanders to be proactive, prepared, and to Know Your Zone,” said Governor Hogan. “We are all too familiar with the devastating impacts of severe weather and flooding, so remain vigilant, spread the word to your friends, family, neighbors and let them know about the importance of this potentially life-saving initiative.”

The Know Your Zone Logo. A Hurricane Icon with the Maryland State Flag image in it. Text reads "Know Your Zone It's as easy as A-B-C"

Residents of and visitors to Maryland are encouraged to visit the new interactive Know Your Zone web page, www.KnowYourZoneMd.com, where they can learn more about the project. On that page, you can type in an address and quickly find out what zone, if any, the property is located in.

The first year of the program will encourage Maryland residents to know the evacuation zone of their residence, business or vacation site. The zones are designated by letters AB and C.

Zone A areas are the most likely to be impacted by severe flooding in the event of a major storm or hurricane. In future years, the program will focus on refining evacuation routes away from the affected areas. “Proper and timely messaging for evacuations saves lives,” said MEMA Executive Director Russ Strickland. “This new system is designed to make it easier for local emergency managers to evacuate areas by encouraging Marylanders to Know Your Zone before a storm hits.”

The three evacuation zones only affect areas subject to tidal flooding or storm surge – communities at or near the Atlantic Ocean, the Coastal Bays, and the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries. That covers 16 Maryland counties along with Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City.

“Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was a wake-up call for the mid-Atlantic region; it could have been Maryland,” said Strickland. “Working with local and federal partners, and using technology that until recently was not available, we studied updated flooding and surge patterns caused by more powerful storms to develop these new evacuation plans.”

If local officials feel an evacuation is needed to protect lives, they will issue the order by zones instead of having to define specific geographic areas. This program is similar to one rolled out last year in neighboring Virginia.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June to November. Hurricanes can cause strong winds, heavy rain, inland flooding and other severe weather, but residents in Maryland can be prepared by ensuring they know how to receive a warning, have a plan, practice safety tips and know their evacuation zone.

It is important to remember Maryland can see hurricanes and impacts from a storm hundreds of miles away. Hurricanes can produce 150-plus miles per hour winds, tornadoes and tremendous flooding from both tidal surges as well as torrential rain

Residents can also take the following actions to remain safe:

  • Build an emergency supply kit and develop a family emergency and communications plan.
  • Stay tuned to trusted sources such as the National Weather Service and local broadcasters for official weather information.
  • Follow instructions and advice given by emergency officials, especially instructions related to evacuation.
  • During severe weather, stay indoors away from windows, close all interior doors, and brace external doors. If you live near the shore or coast, expect the storm tide will inundate your home.
  • Monitor NWS flood warnings for your area and be prepared to seek higher ground. Flooding is often our biggest threat.
  • Fill a bathtub or other large container with water for sanitary purposes such as cleaning and flushing toilets.
  • Charge electronic devices before bad weather hits and consider keeping a charger in your car.

Additional preparedness information can be found on MEMA’s website at mema.maryland.gov. Residents can download the free MARYLAND Prepares mobile app. They can also follow MEMA on Twitter or on Facebook.

AAACERT Amateur Radio Net, Tuesday 19 June – Reminder

AAACERT will host it’s first amateur radio net this Tuesday, 19 June at 1930. ALL amateur radio operators are invited to check in.

To commemorate this special occasion, AAACERT has designed a special QSL card and US Postage stamp for the inaugural event. This is a limited edition of both the QSL and the US Postage stamp ONLY for those who check in on Tuesday. The special QSL cards will be mailed within two weeks after the net.

We expect there will be numerous check-ins so please be patient during the check-in and follow the Net Control Operator (NCO) instructions. This will be a directed net.

Date/Time: Tuesday, 19 June 1930 hrs.
Frequency: 442.3000 / 107.2 (Annapolis)
Echo Link: 90911

Contact Erick Graves (WA3G) or Paul Bowling (W4ATN) for additional details.

CPR trained citizens can help save lives in Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County and City of Annapolis has joined the growing list of communities participating in a project to help save lives of sudden cardiac arrest. The PulsePoint app (available for Apple and Android devices) alerts CPR trained individuals who are nearby allowing CPR to begin before the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS).

If you are interested in CPR training information is available at www.aacounty.org/cpr.

Get Trained, Get the App, Save a Life!

Read more:
Anne Arundel app connects anyone CPR trained with nearby heart attack victims

AAACERT Basic CERT, Class 2018-02 Graduation

AAACERT Instructors awarded Certificates of Completion for the Basic CERT class to thirteen individuals on Saturday, 09 June.

AAACERT Basic CERT Class, 2018 June 09, Class 2018-02.

The graduating Basic CERT class received instruction in disasters, incident command structure, disaster medical operations, use of fire extinguishers, psychological aspects of disasters, search and rescue and other topics intended to teach the students what to do in case of a disaster or other emergency.

Moulaged “patient” for the AAACERT Basic CERT disaster drill.


Volunteer victims were moulaged, made up to appear to have injuries, as part of the classes final disaster drill. The volunteers then were spread about the area hidden in various locations and the class members were required to find, triage (sort the victims according to their injuries) and move them to a central collection point. Anne Arundel County Police the arrived on the scene where the student acting as the Incident Commander gave report.

Congratulations to all who attended and thank you to all of the volunteers and instructors. Special thanks to the Anne Arundel County Fire Department for the use of classrooms and the “yard” and to Anne Arundel County Police for participating in the final exercise!

Ebola outbreak spreading overseas again

Two years ago, West Africa was declared Ebola-free following the 2014 outbreak. New cases are now turning up in the same region and while the international response is more proactive than four years ago, this new outbreak has already spread from rural areas into a densely populated city area, increasing the potential for spread.
So far the outbreak is still small and officials hope to contain it. Unlike the 2014 outbreak, they have promising experimental vaccines in their arsenal this time, which already have proven to be helpful in recent trials.
It is always a good idea to keep ahead of potential threats, and EMS personnel
could again play a large role if Ebola makes it to the United States (PDF, 636 KB) in the future. Agencies should review and update response plans, patient transport protocols, infection control or any other plans that might cover response to a patient with Ebola.

Current guidance:  The National Association of State EMS Officials has a list of Ebola-related resources including after-action reports, training, hospital preparedness, EMS checklists, fact sheets for law enforcement, legal issues and much more.
Public Health Emergency provides EMS providers and other healthcare workers to prepare for and treat patients who may be infected.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describes transmission, signs
and symptoms, prevention, and treatment of Ebola.
The Journal of Emergency Medical Services published “A First Responder’s
Guide to Ebola” during the last outbreak.
Ensure your personnel are up-to-date on recommended guidance from national level agencies and consider a formal review or in-house training on them.

The article is from  EMR-ISAC, The InfoGram, 2018 June 07