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Congrats CERT Basic Class of May’24

Congratulations to the May 2024 CERT Basic training class. The final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD consisted of a full class with many speaking Spanish as a first language. This presented real-world challenges with those classmates not understanding Spanish. They all came together, found interpreters, and got the job done UNTIL HELP ARRIVED. The group performed excellently and found most of our volunteer victims. Check out our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events.

Interested in taking part in our next class starting in September? Check out our WEBSITE for more details or email our TRAINING team.

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ALX VA Newsletter Apr-Jun 2024

From our friends at Alexandria VA CERT.

Please keep in mind the contact information you see in this newsletter are specific to Alexandria VA unless otherwise noted. This month’s newsletter has lots of information for the Alexandria area but the template of what numbers to keep handy is what’s important.

The theme of the April-June has reminders on how to prepare for emergencies and disasters. And the second page is focused on Domestic Violence: information and resources for support, safety plans, and recognizing different indicators of abusive behaviors.

As always, please share this important information with family, neighbors, friends, and co-workers. There are also explanations of how APD prioritizes response to emergency calls and the role of our 911 center. (You should look how your local police prioritizes responses.)

Current and all back issues of the newsletter are in the Public folder on the Alexandria CERT document portal.

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April 2024 FEMA Preparedness Newsletter

Every month, FEMA prepares a newsletter highlighting key preparedness items for individuals and communities. AAACERT encourages everyone to sign up for this invaluable information by visiting the following link:  FEMA Preparedness Newsletter Signup

A new feature we’ll be providing to the community is sharing some of the information from these monthly newsletters. Think of it as your crib notes of sorts, but nothing can replace receiving the full information and we encourage you to sign up. All information provided will be directly from the newsletter unless otherwise stated.

 

April is National Financial Capability Month

Picking up the pieces of your life after a disaster can be challenging. One of the most important things that may help you recover faster from a disaster is increasing your financial resilience. Being financially resilient will prepare you to quickly recover from the financial impacts caused by natural disasters and unexpected emergencies.

Minnesota Train Derailment Proves Value of CERT Program

When a train derailment caused a fire in downtown Raymond, Minnesota last spring, first responders jumped into action. Despite being the middle of the night, they weren’t alone. Members of the Willmar Area Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) joined first responders to help most of the small city — about 800 people — evacuate to the town of Prinsburg.

CERTs Work to Serve More Members of the Community

In emergencies, individuals and communities depend on effective, timely information they can trust and understand. CERTs play a vital role in disaster preparedness and response by empowering ordinary citizens to assist their communities in times of need. Because CERTs are often the first line of defense when disaster strikes, ensuring they are representative of the whole community is an essential step toward improving resilience.

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Congrats CERT Basic Class of Mar’24

Congratulations to the March 2024 CERT Basic training class. The final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD consisted of only 8 class members. But they all came together to get the job done UNTIL HELP ARRIVED. It was a beautiful sunny, windy, chilly day. The group performed excellently and found all our volunteer victims. Check out our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events.

Interested in taking part in our next class starting in September? Check out our WEBSITE for more details or email our TRAINING team.

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ALX VA Newsletter Jan-Mar 2024

From our friends at Alexandria VA CERT.

Please keep in mind the contact information you see in this newsletter are specific to Alexandria VA unless otherwise noted. This month’s newsletter has lots of information for the Alexandria area but the template of what numbers to keep handy is what’s important.

The theme of the January – March is Crime prevention and reporting incidents. There are also explanations of how APD prioritizes response to emergency calls and the role of our 911 center. (You should look how your local police prioritizes responses.) As always, please share with family, neighbors, friends, and colleagues.

As always, share the newsletter with family, friends, neighbors, and other colleagues.

Current and all back issues of the newsletter are in the Public folder on the Alexandria CERT document portal.

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Dec’23 AACo OEM Quarterly Newsletter

Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management Logo

From our friends at the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management. Newsletter Link

Please see attached the December edition of The Disaster Dispatch, the quarterly newsletter of the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management. This issue discusses, among other things, hazard mitigation – reducing the impact of unavoidable disasters.

Please visit the Office of Emergency Management website HERE. You may also request an emergency preparedness presentation or training by clicking HERE.

As always, share the newsletter with family, friends, neighbors, and your colleagues.

Happy Holidays and have a safe New Years.

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Congrats CERT Basic Class of Oct’23

 

Congratulations to the October 2023 CERT Basic training class. The final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD consisted of 13 class members. It was a beautiful sunny day. The group performed excellently and found all our volunteer victims. Check out our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events.

Interested in taking part in our next class starting in April? Check out our WEBSITE for more details or email our TRAINING team.

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ALX VA Newsletter Oct-Dec 2023

From our friends at Alexandria VA CERT.

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

The theme of the October – December issue is emotional aspects of disasters and helping people cope. The second page addresses emergency and disaster preparation for persons with mental health or behavioral health conditions. It also includes tips when someone has autism or dementia.

As always, share the newsletter with family, friends, neighbors, and other colleagues.

All back issues of the newsletter are in the Public folder on the Alexandria CERT document portal.

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CERTCON 2023 | Oct 20-22 | U of DC

Yes, you read that right, CERTCON. This event is open to EVERYONE, not just CERT members. 

The National Capital Region has been hosting a CERTCON since 2011. This year marks the second year it will be hosted by the National Capital Region CERT Consortium (NCRC) in conjunction with the DC Mayor’s office and ServeDC.

Some of the topics covered (including hands-on and interactive games):

  • Be Prepared Kits and Plans for disasters such as tornados, hurricanes, floods, etc
  • Communicating during a disaster
  • Fire safety
  • FEMA Be The Help Until Help Arrives
  • Basic First Aid
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Disasterville simulation game
  • AND MORE!

If you are not a member of a CERT, here is your opportunity to see some of the things a CERT member can volunteer to take part in while giving you the opportunity to speak to CERT members from around the region.

The three links below will provide more details about the NCRC, CERTCON, along with a flyer for this event.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

CERTCON 2023 Flyer

ABOUT CERTCON

ABOUT NCRCERT

 

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2023 Emergency Preparedness Expo

We hope you will come out and join AAACERT and the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management for the 2023 Emergency Preparedness Expo.

The expo will be held Saturday, September 16 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!

Please click HERE for FEMA’s Ready.gov 2023 Calendar.

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Congrats, CERT Basic Class of May 2023!

 

Congratulations to the May 2023 CERT Basic training class. The final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD consisted of 13 class members. It was a beautiful sunny day. The group performed excellently and found all our volunteer victims. Check out our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events.

Interested in taking part in our next class starting in April, check out our WEBSITE for more details or email our TRAINING team.

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Ferndale Festival 2023

Thank you to AAACERT members Joy, Bruce, DJ and, of course, our partner Jim (far left) at AACo OEM.

We want to thank everyone who visited our booth at this year’s Ferndale Festival. It was a perfect weather 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 information about CERT and how you
“Can Be The Help Until Help Arrives.”

See our Facebook page for more pictures of AAACERT in action.

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Congrats Severn School TEEN CERT Basic Class of April 2023!

 

Congratulations to the April 2023 Teen CERT Basic training class from Severn School. What an amazing group. After two other local schools had to pull out, Severn School students stepped up and almost filled the class. The students participated in CERT training at their school before coming together for the final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD.  The class performed extremely well and found and treated all the survivors. Check out our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events.

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

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ALX VA Newsletter April-June 2023

From our friends at Alexandria VA CERT.

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

This new issue of the Alexandria CERT newsletter focuses on flooding: Flooding is one of the more costly natural disasters that can affect a community. More frequent, more intense storms in the Mid-Atlantic are
bringing heavier rainfall to storm systems that were never designed or outfitted for weather this severe.

Please share the newsletter with family, friends, neighbors, and work colleagues.

CLICK HERE FOR THE NEWSLETTER FOLDER

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Congrats, CERT Basic Class of March 2023!

 

Congratulations to the March 2023 CERT Basic training class. The final exercise at the Anne Arundel County Fire Training Academy in Millersville, MD consisted of 14 class members. It was a beautiful sunny day, the calm after the storm. The group performed excellently and found all our volunteer victims. Check out our Facebook page for more photos of this and other events.

Interested in taking part in our next class starting in April, check out our WEBSITE for more details or email our TRAINING team.

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ALX VA Newsletter Jan 2023

From our friends at Alexandria VA CERT.

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

This new issue of the Alexandria CERT newsletter is for your pets: how to prepare yourself and them for disasters and things to do for them during and after disasters. You can also learn about CARTs — Community Animal Response Teams. Please share the newsletter with family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers.

Please share the newsletter with family, friends, neighbors, and work colleagues.

CLICK HERE FOR THE NEWSLETTER FOLDER

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Congrats, TEEN CERT Basic Class of October 2022!

 

Congratulations to the October 2022 Teen CERT Basic training class from 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. 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.

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CERTCON 2022

Thank you to everyone who came out to the CERTCON 2022 event held in Alexandria, VA.

CERTCON is open to everyone interested in emergency preparedness and response, including volunteers for Medical Reserve Corps, Red Cross, Team Rubicon, among others. We encourage anyone, a member of CERT or not, to attend the 2023 CERTCON.

Check out the CERTCON website and links to photos.

 

 

 

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EPLEX 2022

Bruce Morgenstern is loaded into the back of an ambulance during EPLEX 2022.
Bruce Morgenstern is loaded into the back of an ambulance during EPLEX 2022.

AAACERT is proud to have helped support the 2022 EPLEX event at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport on November 5, 2022 by providing over 30 volunteers to help first responders from the BWI Fire Department and surrounding jurisdictions train for a mass casualty incident such as a plane crash. Great moulage added to the realism. The scenario started with a mass casualty incident (nearby fire and 87 passengers in various states of distress). Firefighters and paramedics did initial triage, secondary triage, and then transported victims to a treatment area.

Check out our Facebook page for more photos provided by AAACERT member Rich Saad.

 

 

 

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