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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

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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 (Shady Side)

About National Night Out National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

National Night Out 2022 (Earleigh Heights VFS)

The Anne Arundel County Police Department Eastern Branch invites the entire community to participate in the National Night Out event on August 2, 2022 (6-8pm) at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Station.

About National Night Out National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community and provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances.

https://www.nationalnightouteasterndistrict.com/

National Night Out 2022, Thank You

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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.

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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!

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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

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.
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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

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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! 

2021 National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

Please join AAACERT in thanking these dedicated men and women.

A message from Captain Erik Konmeyer
Anne Arundel County Fire Department, Fire Communications

AACFD logoThe Anne Arundel County Fire Department is celebrating the second full week of April (April 11-17, 2021) as National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week. This week, sponsored by the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) International and celebrated annually, honors the thousands of men and women who respond to emergency calls, dispatch emergency professionals and equipment, and render life-saving assistance to the world’s citizens.

Twenty-eight Fire Communications Operators (FCO) and eight lieutenants staff Fire Alarm on a 24/72 shift schedule. Eleven newly hired FCOs and four lieutenants were trained in 2020 to make this staffing model a reality for years to come. This 24/72 schedule, started in January, 2020, has improved morale, and improved efficiency by creating continuity between field and personnel members. FCOs receive more than 1,000 hours of initial training, including certification in Emergency Medical Dispatch, and Emergency Fire Dispatch.

These calm voices on the 911 telephones and on the radio waves quite often go unnoticed, but the Anne Arundel County Fire Department consider the members of Fire Alarm to be the “Golden Glue that holds it all together” for our Department. If anyone from your organization is interested in recognizing the members of our Communications Center in any way during National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, please contact Captain Erik Kornmeyer at ErikKornmeyer@aacounty.org. Letters of thanks can be mailed to the following address:

Anne Arundel County Fire Department
Fire Communications
8501 Veterans Highway
Millersville, MD 21108

April is Flood Awareness Month

AAC OEM Disaster Dispatch Spring 2021

AAACERT is happy to share the following Spring 2021 Disaster Dispatch from the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management quarterly Newsletter.

In this issue you will find information about Flood Awareness including tools to see your community’s risk, a message from Director Preeti Emrick, Financial Emergency Preparedness tools, and a number of important contacts at the Office of Emergency Management.

Please click the link below to see the PDF of the Newsletter.

https://docs.aaacert.org/s/xpNJoeBAafHcoqA

NPPW2021: When Seconds Count

In a poisoning emergency, seconds count.

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Call 1-800-222-1222 to connect with nurses, pharmacists, and doctors who can give you accurate, life-saving treatment advice. Add the poison center hotline to your contacts today, so you can be prepared. #NPPW21

 

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NPPW2021: Cleaning Safety + COVID-19

Are your household cleaners locked up, or stored up and away from a child’s reach?

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Cleaners can be poisonous so this #NPPW21 take steps to prevent this common poisoning risk.

 

That also includes hand sanitizer and other disinfectants being used to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

 

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WHEN LIFE HAPPENS…

We get it – life happens. Poison centers are ready 24/7 with fast and free advice. When you have a question, their healthcare professionals have answers.

Everyday poison centers answer questions and help in emergencies because life happens.

Dial 1-800-222-1222 for anything from your child swallowed a button battery, a snake bite to food poisoning.

#NPPW21

DID YOU KNOW: Poisonings In The Home

Did yoPrepare. Prevent. Protect. National Poison Prevention Week.u know: More than 90% of poisonings happen in the home.

Join AAA CERT March 21-27 for National Poison Prevention Week.

We’ll share safety tips from poison center professionals on support; poison control and prevention; and much more. #NPPW21

Congratulations to AAACERT Members!

A message from Bruce Morgenstern, President, Anne Arundel-Annapolis CERT.

Our first congratulations goes to Randy Sanger. Randy has been appointed to a position with the Maryland State Fire Commission. Of course, an appointment like this comes with added responsibilities, and with mixed emotions, Randy has had to tender his resignation as AAACERT Vice President. Randy has assured us that he and Toni really enjoy being part of AAACERT and will continue to volunteer and support us whenever they can. Randy has been instrumental in guiding us along our path to improved radio communications using the County’s trunked radio system, facilitating connections with fire department communications personnel and using his expertise to help structure a best solution for AAACERT. THANKS, RANDY!

So…that leaves us with a vacancy.

In accordance with our by-laws…Any vacancies among the Officers of the corporation, regardless of the reason therefore, may be filled by the vote of a majority of the Directors for the unexpired portion of the term.

Randy’s term as Vice President was set to expire on December 31, 2022/

Your Board of Directors reviewed potential candidates, and at our most recent meeting on February 25th unanimously elected Brandon Gosnell to fill Randy’s remaining term. Brandon has been an active volunteer and a significant contributor to AAACERT’s growth in the last year. Brandon heads our IT/Communications/Public Affairs Committee, and is responsible for our significantly improved website, our enhanced social media presence (now including a LinkedIn page), enhanced e-mail capability, and the creation of a documentation management system so that we can easily share important AAACERT information. Quite an accomplishment! Job well done, Brandon. Congratulations and thanks for stepping up to help lead AAACERT.

Bruce Morgenstern

Did You Know…?

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Did you know AAACERT has a YouTube channel? Check us out and be sure to subscribe to be notified when new videos are uploaded.

Right now we have a few older videos and one new one from this year’s SPCA Lights on the Bay traffic management event. We are always interested in having you take the CERT Basic training and joining. See our website’s membership pages for details.