SWAT Exercise: Need for Volunteers

The 2017 NCR SWAT FSE, which is scheduled for April 26, 2017, is one (1) of two (2) exercises in the 2016-2017 NCR SWAT Exercise Series focused on exercising the NCR Coordinated Tactical Response Plan. Six (6) venues will host and support exercise play. Multiple SWAT teams will stage at and respond to a simulated complex coordinated attack at each of the six (6) different host venues. 

All volunteers must be 18 years of age in order to participate in the exercise. Volunteers will be expected to act out the part of a victim to a terrorist attack at a location to be determined by your preference in this registration and the need for volunteers at each location. Refreshments will be provided to volunteers at all locations. Emergency responders and other entities will test their ability to respond to and manage the scenario at each location. All volunteers will be given a safety briefing prior to the start of the exercise and instructed to follow all first responder commands.  Prior to the exercise, you will receive an email with a location assignment and other logistical information pertinent to that location. You must bring a government issued ID to your assigned location in order to participate in the exercise. 

For more information regarding the exercise and to register as a role player, please visit the following link: https://ncrswatvolunteerreg.eventbrite.com

Special Thanks to Ray and Sharon Wingo

On February 15, 2017, Ray and Sharon Wingo were recognized at the monthly Anne Arundel County – Annapolis (AAA) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) monthly training session for outstanding service to the team and broader community. For years, Ray and Sharon have been teaching the importance of fire safety, preparedness, and suppression for CERT and the local community members. At every CERT Basic class, they pull up the mobile unit and demonstrate first-hand how to suppress small fires.

At the conclusion of the February training session, which happened to be pertaining to fire safety, Mr. Paul Bowling, AAA CERT President, presented Ray and Sharon with a plaque and card.


Anne Arundel County Emergency Preparedness Expo: Blood Drive Participants

We are expanding this year’s Anne Arundel County Emergency Preparedness Expo to include a Blood Drive. In preparation, American Red bloodCross has asked for a list of participants to demonstrate the interest.

As you may know, the Anne Arundel County Emergency Preparedness Expo is on September 10, 2016 at the Marley Station Mall and the County is exicted to partner with the American Red Cross to sponsor a Blood Drive.

If you or family/friends are interested in donating blood on September 10th, please send an email to fdcalp00@aacounty.org with your name(s) and email address.

Thank you for you support!!

Clinton CERTEX PGC 2016

Clinton CERT is once again hosting a Functional Exercise, CERTEX PGC 2016 FE. This year’s exercise will be held at:
Clinton Baptist Church
8701 Woodyard Road
Clinton, MD 20735
June 25, 2016
7am – 100pm.

Clinton CERT is looking for CERT responders, controllers, evaluators, site-support, and victim-actors to play injured people at a mass casualty exercise. (Victim-actors should wear clothes they do not mind getting very dirty and they also have the opportunity to have disaster make-up (moulage) applied by professional moulage artists for the event.) They are especially in need of moulage appliers. Prince George’s County needs you to make this event a success.

Please register on Eventbrite, at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/certex-pgc-2016-fe-exercise if you would like to assist the county with disaster preparedness.

Feel free to share this information with family, friends, and coworkers. Continental Breakfast and Lunch provided – FREE!!!

Point of Contact: Paula M. Hughes
President, CERT of Clinton, MD

New Online Course: Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster

FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) is offering a new self-paced, independent study course, Religious and Cultural Literacy and Competency in Disaster.

This course explores how religious and cultural communities are engaged during disasters, how religious and cultural diversity and practice is protected by law, and how religious and cultural diversity can strengthen emergency management capabilities.  It provides emergency management professionals and faith and community leaders active in disaster with literacy and competency tools to engage religious and cultural groups both pre- and post-disaster.

The course was developed to support partnerships between the first responders and faith-based and community organizations to more effectively serve disaster survivors in their time of need.

Workplace Violence / Active shooter VIRTUAL EXERCISE

On FEBRUARY 8TH, 2 – 4 PM EST get ready to STRESS-Test your Plans

Workplace violence fear is an increasing concern nationally. Do you know what to look for before violence comes to work?  How do your plans reduce these risks and tNewFirestormLogoWebhreats?

Join Firestorm and key national partners for an expanded 120-minute, no-fee, virtual workplace violence crisis exercise. Test your plans, identify any gaps, and benchmark your response before a real crisis occurs. Don’t wait for violence; experience what needs to be done before, during, and after a workplace violence event.

Firestorm celebrates more than 10 years of service empowering people to manage risk and crises. In 2015, more than one thousand companies participated in live Firestorm interactive, virtual exercises.  Firestorm has expanded the virtual exercise format to provide more time for each team to participate and make critical decisions. Join us:

Monday, February 8th 2:00 – 4:00 PM EST

Register here

Led by Jim Satterfield, Firestorm President and Chief Operating Officer, these exercises will be interactive, illustrating the various phases of an escalating violence incident: how to respond, what to communicate, and response to the unexpected and unknown.

Preparedness requires comprehensive planning and staff training to identify potential workplace violence issues, develop protocols to address situations, and respond to events that threaten the safety of everyone in your facility.

·         What do you know?

·         What do you do?

·         How do you monitor?

·         What do you communicate and with whom?

What Happens Once a Warning is Triggered?

·         What is the protocol in your organization for reporting an observed threat or behavior of concern?

·         Do you know?

·         Do your employees know?

·         Does the report go through your security team? Or maybe HR? Does it depend on the type of threat?

·         Has the process been tested?

Your plans will be tested in 2016. Will this be before a crisis or in a crisis?


·         Crisis/consequence management overview

·         Exercise structure, objectives and assumptions

·         WPV crisis scenario: series of escalations

·         Hot wash self-review and crisis management maturity model analysis

·         Warning signs and indicators

·         Next steps and resources

Who Should Attend? Anyone who wants to ensure their business is prepared for an incident of violence:

·         Senior crisis team members

·         Business continuity team members

·         Crisis communication team members

·         Senior leadership

·         Operations

·         Human resources

·         Security professionals

Amateur Radio Technician Class – Lanham

A free Amateur Radio Technician class is being offered on November 7 & 8 in Lanham, MD at the PGFD Granford Graves Fire Services Building (FSB). The class will be held from 9AM – 4PM both days. Lunch is on your own.

The class is limited to 40 students and a minimum of 20 is needed for the class. Registration is at: http://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-free-ham-radio-technician-classhamcram-hyattsville-maryland-tickets-18853671840

The book for the class is available at: http://www.arrl.org/shop/ARRL-Ham-Radio-License-Manual-3rd-Edition/

Laurel Amateur Radio Club will have a FREE exam session on Saturday,November 21, 2015, at 900am, in Laurel.


Basic CERT Class Cancelled for October

Due to insufficient enrollment the Basic CERT class for 9 – 11 October has been cancelled. We were hoping by leaving it open longer that more people would register however, that did not happen. We will be scheduling another one soon.