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.




CERTCON 2022 | Nov 18-20 | GW MS in Alexandria

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 first year it will be hosted by the National Capital Region CERT Consortium (NCRC).

This multi-day event will feature sessions on community safety such as stop the bleed, emergency chef, and duct tape triage; just to name a few.

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.


CERTCON 2022 Flyer




CERTCON 2018 Needs “Victims”

Volunteers are needed to role-play as victims for the 2018 CERTCON. We could use your help!

2018 CERTCON Mass Casualty Incident Field Exercise

2018 CERTCON, the Mid-Atlantic conference for Community Emergency Response Teams, is conducting mass casualty emergency preparedness exercises. These exercises enable our teams to practice responding to large scale emergencies.

We are asking for volunteers to play the role of residents who are victims of a natural disaster. Mock victims will be able to choose their level of injury. We need all types of roles from highly dramatic with little trauma to highly traumatic with little drama. Some volunteers may choose to play entirely non-moulaged victims such as family members, worried well, and psychologically injured patients. All roles are vital in making the scenario as realistic as possible for the responders.

A variety of Moulage (simulated casualty makeup) will be applied by Moulage Technicians. Victims will be briefed on the scenario, safety information, and basic acting skills and then placed in the simulated cityscape or in the high rise building. First responders will assess, triage (level of injury/severity will be rated) and simulate lifesaving treatment. Victims will be moved to a casualty collection point for procedural treatment and then transport to hospitals will be simulated.

Because of the graphic nature of this event, we limit victims to age 14 and above and minors will be required to have a consent form signed by a parent or guardian. Montgomery County Public School SSL hours will be honored, and forms will be available.  This is a secured location and a state-issued ID is required. A change of clothes is recommended.

Date: Sunday, June 24, 2018
9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Check-In
9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

  • Role Player assignments
  • Moulage application (makeup applied to simulate injuries)
  • Role player briefing will be conducted to explain the scenario situation in greater detail, safety procedures, and what actions will be expected of the mock victims
  • Actor/role players will interface with emergency responders – they will be assessed, triaged, and simulated treatment will occur
  • Hospital transport will be simulated – emergency vehicle transport to actual hospitals will not occur
  • A hot wash/debriefing (evaluation of the exercise) will be conducted
  • Actor/role players will complete a Participant Feedback Form based on the experience
  • Volunteer check-out

Further details will be emailed to those who have registered.



CERTCON 2018 – Learning For Life, 2018 June 23 & 24

CERTCON 2018 is almost here!! Register TODAY!

The Montgomery County (Maryland) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is sponsoring the annual CERT conference in the National Capital Region. The conference will provide education and hands-on training to CERTs in the Mid-Atlantic region.

The CERTCON 2018 theme is “Learning For Life” and is the foundational concept for this year’s classes, lectures, workshops and training exercises.

A ticket is required for each day of the conference. There will be 2 separate registrations due to 2 different locations.

Day 1: Saturday, June 23, 2018- Montgomery College- Germantown Campus

The event begins Saturday June 23, 2018 at 0900 at the Montgomery College campus in Germantown. Doors open at 0800. There will be plenty of free parking available on campus. Saturday’s schedule will include breakout sessions on topics ranging from COOP Planning for small businesses to water safety. There will also be panel discussions and interactive exercises.  An follow up email with full event details, maps, schedules and more will be sent in June.  We expect Saturday’s event to run until approximately 1630.

Day 2: Sunday, June 24, 2018- Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy

CERTCON 2018 moves to the new Montgomery County Public Safety Training Academy for a day of apparatus displays, hands on breakout training, and a hyper-realistic field training exercise (FTX), designed to test CERT skills and teamwork held in the facility’s “high bay” three-story indoor cityscape. Doors open at 0830, and the event begins at 0900. We expect CERTCON 2018 to wrap up about 1500. There is plenty of free parking at the academy. State ID required for entry to the PSTA.