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Elktonia Carr’s Beach Signing Ceremony

View of Elktonia Beach
Image from the Chesapeake Conservancy website.

AAACERT was very proud to provide traffic and parking support to the City of Annapolis during the historic Elktonia Carr’s Beach Signing Ceremony.

AAACERT President Bruce Morgenstern posing with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.
AAACERT President Bruce Morgenstern posing with Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.
CERT member Mark Demyanovich greets Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.
CERT member Mark Demyanovich greets Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following snippet is from the Chesapeake Conservancy website at: https://www.chesapeakeconservancy.org/elktonia-beach/

Elktonia Beach, a 5-acre waterfront parcel on the Chesapeake Bay, is the last remnant of the original 180-acre property purchased by Fred Carr in 1902. Carr’s and Sparrow’s Beaches were privately-owned and operated by Fred Carr’s daughters, Elizabeth Carr Smith and Florence Carr Sparrow. The “Beaches” (1930s-1970s), as they were called, represented the heart of entertainment throughout the mid-Atlantic region and welcomed Blacks during a time of segregation.

Elktonia Beach Parcel
Image from the Chesapeake Conservancy website.

Last CERT Basic Class of 2022

Minions With Bullhorn

Friends, we need your help!

Please post this to your social feeds and ask your friends and family
members if they are interested.

Our last CERT Basic class of 2022 is quickly approaching and seats are still available. The first class is starting September 9th. Please visit our website for details on the class including scheduling, topics covered, and the sign up link.

Keep in mind you do NOT need to join AAACERT after completing CERT Basic. But you WILL have piece of mind knowing the ‘what’ and ‘how’ you can help yourself, your family, and your neighbors in the event of an emergency.

An emergency isn’t always a global catastrophe. Sever weather like tornadoes, micro-burst storms, and blizzards along with “normal” injuries are all examples we can and do face in every day life. CERT Basic class will provide you the knowledge to help UNTIL HELP ARRIVES.

2022 Emergency Preparedness Expo

We hope you will come out and join AAACERT and the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management for the 2022 Emergency Preparedness Expo.

The expo will be held Saturday, September 17 from 10am-2pm at the Anne Arundel Community College Arundel Mills Campus.

This free, family-friendly event has hands-on displays, games, and activities for all ages provided by various County public safety agencies and our partners. This event is sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management as part of National Preparedness Month and is intended as a fun-filled way to learn about preparing for emergencies!

 

Emergency Preparedness Expo 2022

First Sundays with The Arc

The Arc Central Chesapeake Logo

The Arc, “…advocate(s) for equity and access for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live self-determined lives and foster opportunities towards self-sufficiency.”

Since June, AAACERT has been proud to set up our community tent next to The Arc Central Chesapeake Region during the First Sunday Arts Festival in Annapolis. AAACERT provided emergency and disaster preparedness material for visitors and answered questions about our mission and how people can better prepare themselves.

Young visitor from The Arc pets Dudley, unofficial fur baby of AAACERT.

The Arc set up a very special tent where visitors, mainly children and young adults, would sit and paint their vision of what First Responders and Preparedness mean to them. They would first sketch out their ideas and once completed, they would paint them on a tile. All paintings will eventually come together in a tapestry-type display.

We look forward to working with The Arc on many more events in the future. We encourage you to check out their website at www.thearc.org

If you’d like to print out a copy of the emergency preparedness forms and checklists, visit our new BE PREPARED page on our website at www.aaacert.org/be-prepared/

Sunday Arts Festival — Karen and Mark Demyanovich with Dudley

 

National Night Out 2022, Thank You

NNO 2022 EHVFS -- Rosy D. - Joseph
Members of AAACERT Joe Stanik and Rosy Dorffner stand prepared to answer questions about CERT and community preparedness.

We would like to thank everyone who visited our tents during the 2022 National Night Out event held at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company in Severna Park and the Lula G. Scott Community Center in Shady Side. The sun was out, and the temps were high, but AAACERT members came prepared with fans, hats, and sunscreen.

NNO 2022 Shady Side -- Joe S. - Dr Kai - Jim - Bruce
From left, Joe Seborowski and Jim Krempel from AACo OEM, Bruce Morgenstern from AAACERT (in back) and Dr. Kai Boggess-de Bruin, Chief of Staff, County Executive.

We provided disaster preparedness materials to visitors including flash cards with checklists of items to have on hand during a disaster such as a violent storms like tornados, hurricanes, or major wind. We now offer these FEMA-created materials on our new BE PREPARED page. Check it out and print out your preparedness documents, today.

We are very grateful to our partners at Anne Arundel County OEM for allowing us to share their tent space. Thank you! Thank You! Thank You!

NNO 2022 Shady Side -- Bruce - Marylin - Jim
From left Bruce Morgenstern and Marilyn Zachariah from AAACERT and Jim Krempel from AACo OEM.

 

ALX VA Newsletter July-August 2022

Our friends at Alexandria VA CERT create very informative newsletters. We are happy to begin sharing them with the community at large.

Please keep in mind the contact information you see in this newsletter are specific to Alexandria VA unless otherwise noted.

This month’s newsletter highlights the new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline available by calling or texting 988. Please read for more information.

CLICK HERE FOR THE NEWSLETTER FOLDER

Hunger Hero Award 2022

 

Congratulations to AAACERT’s President, Bruce Morgenstern, for receiving the Hunger Hero Award Commitment to Service. During the pandemic, AAACERT’s all-volunteer members donated almost 8,000 hours of service. One of the organizations where members donated their hours was at the Anne Arundel County Food Bank. The following commnets are from the Facebook page of the AACFB. Please check out their website and consider making a donation.

Feeding Hope Event
Our Feeding Hope event was extremely successful, uplifting, and full of hope! The positive energy and excitement for our mission exuded from all event attendees. In total, the event raised over $65,000 with donations still coming in! Thanks to the generosity of our local business partners, the funds raised from this event allows us to purchase food for families experiencing food insecurity throughout our county.
Thank you to our presenting event sponsors Homestead Gardens and Sysco and to every Feeding Hope event supporter who helped us raise money to support our work to ensure everyone has enough to eat in Anne Arundel County!
Thank you to all the wonderful restaurants who are donating food:
Behind the Scenes Charcuterie, Byzantium Catering, the 2016 Chesapeake Chili Cook-Off Champion, Fishpaws Marketplace, Honey’s Farmhouse Retreat, Honey’s Harvest Farm, Luk Fu, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Bread & Butter Kitchen, The Prime Rib, and The Smoke Show – Craft BBQ

Anne Arundel Food Bank Award Bruce Morgenstern
Anne Arundel Food Bank Award Bruce Morgenstern photos by Meredith DaPrato Photography

 

Hunger Hero Awardee
Bruce Morgenstern | Commitment to Service

At the beginning of the pandemic when AACFB lost its entire volunteer workforce, Bruce made it his mission to ensure that AACFB had the manpower in place to continue to get food to County residents in need. As president of Anne Arundel Annapolis Community Emergency Response Team (AAA CERT), Bruce brought much-needed help to our warehouse, ensuring that our mission would not falter. We also recognize Bruce for other AACFB volunteer projects he initiated from creating databases and providing IT support to management consulting.

Congrats, CERT Basic Class of May 2022

CERT Basic Class Simulation May 2022
CERT Basic Class Simulation May 2022

 

Congratulations to the May 2022 CERT Basic class. Anne Arundel Annapolis CERT’s second class of 2022. The May 2022 class underwent its training and final disaster simulation exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD.  This group was challenged with under 10 participants which added extra stress to the search and rescue teams. Despite this challenge, they did an outstanding job. During the simulation, search teams had to perform basic search and rescue, provided triage to survivors, simulate fire suppression, and deploy cribbing to free a trapped survivor. Checkout our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events.

Interested in taking part in our next class which starts in May? Then checkout our training page on our website for more details.

Congrats, CERT Basic Class of April 2022

CERT Basic Class of April 2022

 

Congratulations to the April 2022 CERT Basic class. Anne Arundel Annapolis CERT’s first class of 2022. The April 2022 class underwent its training and final disaster simulation exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD.  This group was close to pre pandemic size with almost 20 participants. During the simulation, search teams had to perform basic search and rescue, provided triage to survivors, simulate fire suppression, and deploy cribbing to free a trapped survivor. The class found all victims and treated them accordingly. Checkout our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events.

Interested in taking part in our next class which starts in May? Then checkout our training page on our website for more details.

AAACERT Makes FEMA News

AAACERT is proud to have been recognized in the FEMA CERT/ICPS newsletter for April 2022. Our work last year at the Russett Community Cleanup Day for Earth Day was our first but not our last event with the Russett Community. We’ll continue again this year and expand to help with other events the community has planned.

A special thanks to Rick and Anne for helping last year and for signing up to help this year.

You can read the full story on FEMA’s site by clicking THIS LINK.

Congrats, TEEN CERT Basic Class of March 2022!

 

Teen CERT Basic Calss of 2022 March

Congratulations to the March 2022 Teen CERT Basic training class from Glen Burnie High School, Meade High School, and Severn School. Each class participated in CERT training at their schools before coming together for the final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD.  The class performed extremely well despite not knowing each other. Strong winds did not deter the class as they found all survivors and treated them according to the type of injuries they had. Checkout our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events.

Interested in taking part in our next class, checkout our WEBSITE for more details or email our TRAINING team.

AAACERT Visits AACo PD Aviation Unit

 

AACo PD Aviation and AAACERT Members

AAACERT members were invited to visit the Anne Arundel County Police Department’s Aviation Unit. AA Co PD officers explainedthe equipment and ability of the Bell 407GXi helicopter among other items. This equipment helps police officers cover more ground and faster than ground-based officers. Visits like these are just part of the perks volunteer members of AAACERT can experience during our monthly trainings. Click HERE to learn more and sign up for our next CERT Basic class.

Anne Arundel-Annapolis CERT is an all-volunteer non-profit. As volunteers, we rely on donations to continue our efforts. Please consider a donation so we can continue supporting communities around Anne Arundel County. It’s easy to provide support through PayPal and/or by signing up for Amazon Smile.

Congrats, CERT Basic Class of October 2021!

CERT Basic Simulation Class of October 2021

 

Congratulations to the October 2021 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic training class. The class underwent its training and final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD. This training group had the extra challenge of having only seven participants instead of the usual 20-plus. As a result of their smaller size, during the simulation, search teams had to do double duty both looking for and treating victims. The class overcame this challenge, found all victims, and treated them accordingly. Checkout our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events. 

Interested in taking part in our next class, checkout our website for more details. https://www.aaacert.org

Linthicum Fall Fair 2021

AAACERT booth
AAACERT members stand ready to answer questions about CERT and the role AAACERT plays in the Anne Arundel County community.

Parade participant on antique tractor.
A parade participant drives an antique tractor.

We want to thank everyone who visited our booth at this year’s Linthicum Fair. It was an absolutely beautiful day and the turnout was fantastic. We look forward to the next community-based event where we can say hello and introduce you to CERT and our organization, Anne Arundel Annapolis CERT.

Check out our website for more details and links to our social media pages. www.aaacert.org

National Night Out 2021, Thank You

AAACERT Tent at NNO 2021
Members of AAACERT relax before the public begins to show up for National Night Out 2021.

We would like to thank everyone that visited our tent during the 2021 National Night Out event held at the Earleigh Heights VFC. The sun stayed away and the wind kept things at a very nice temperature after days of 90 plus degrees.

Helping people at NNO 2021
AAACERT members explain the history and purpose of the CERT program.

We provided disaster preparedness material to visitors including flash cards with checklists of items to have on hand during a disaster such as a violent storms like tornados, hurricanes, or major wind. 

If you visited our tent and signed our training email list, you also entered into our

giveaway for a one of two preparedness kits. Congrats to the winners.

AAC OEM tent
We also want to thank AAC OEM. Often our tent neighbors at events it is always nice to see you, too! 

ITS BACK! Fall 2021 CERT Basic Class

Our CERT Basic class for Fall 2021 is now open. This will be a full class! The CERT Basic class is approximately 24 hours of instruction in basic disaster skills over 4 days.

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.

For dates and times including a link to sign up, please visit the training page on our website at www.aaacert.org/cert-basic-training

PRE-REQUISITES:
Two, online, FEMA Emergency Management Institute courses must be successfully completed prior to the start of CERT Basic training. 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. Details can be found at the link above.

We look forward to having you!

Be Prepared. Have a Plan.

Ferndale Festival 2021

We want to thank everyone who visited our booth at this years Ferndale Festival. It was a hot day but the turnout was fantastic. We look forward to the next community based event where we can say hello and introduce you to CERT and our organization, Anne Arundel Annapolis CERT.

Checkout our website for more details and links to our social media pages. www.aaacert.org

Congrats, CERT Basic Class of May 2021!

 

Congratulations to the May 2021 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic training class. The class underwent its training and final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD. This training group had the extra challenge of having almost half the normal number of participants. As a result of their smaller size, during the simulation, search teams had to do double duty both looking for and treating victims. The class overcame this challenge, found all victims, and treated them accordingly. Checkout our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events. 

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, class sizes are limited and fill fast. Interested? Please visit www.aaacert.org.

Congrats, CERT Basic Class of March 2021!

 

Congratulations to the March 2021 Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Basic training class. The class underwent its training and final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD. This training group had the extra challenge of having almost half the normal number of participants. As a result of their smaller size, during the simulation, search teams had to do double duty both looking for and treating victims. The class overcame this challenge, found all victims, and treated them accordingly.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, class sizes are limited and fill fast. Interested? Please visit www.aaacert.org.