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CERT Basic Training to Resume Spring 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 17:01

Following a much busier than usual first half of the year, the Arlington County CERT is taking a hiatus from basic training this fall. Staffing challenges within the fire department -- which provides many of our instructors -- contributed to this decision. Instead, we're going to invest some time strengthening what we already have in place and updating the skills of our current members. To that end, we recently held an intensive class focused solely on treating blast and active shooter injuries for active-duty members.

Our next round of basic training will likely begin in March of 2017. Interested parties -- who live and/or work in Arlington County -- may obtain additional information at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 17:16
 
Arlington County CERT Provides Major Support to Triennial Exercise at Reagan National Airport PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 16:46

Before sunrise on Saturday, April 30, nearly 120 members of the all-volunteer Arlington County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) headed to Reagan National Airport for a flight that would leave injured passengers strewn over the tarmac without ever taking off. The event was APEX16, the airport's triennial opportunity to practice and evaluate their emergency plan. More than 500 emergency responders from throughout the National Capitol Region and beyond joined those from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority in the response. And the Arlington CERT -- which had been involved in the planning process for months -- provided the "passenger" role players and staffed the registration table for the exercise. The Arlington CERT moulage team trained for over a month and doubled its size in order to be able to moulage 108 passengers and two "pilots" in less than 90 minutes. 

 

Arlington CERT program coordinator, Cynthia Kellams, figures the team invested over 1000 hours assisting with this exercise and believes it's worth it. "Watching the professionals in action provides us with a unique perspective on the type of care we might need to provide in a disaster. We don't do this because it's fun or we like to act ... we do it because the training is invaluable." The Arlington CERT has supported Reagan National's triennial APEX exercises for over a decade and is looking forward to doing it again in 2019!

 

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Photo credit: Liz Roll/Arlington County CERT

Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 September 2016 18:00
 
Arlington CERT Cleans Up After Winter Storm Jonas PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 14:48

Responding to a January 23, 2016 call-out from the Arlington County Fire Department, CERT members throughout the county cleared fire hydrants and storm drains near their homes for three days following Winter Storm Jonas (also referred to as "Snowzilla"). Their efforts were reported to the CERT program coordinator -- and ultimately, to the county's Office of Emergency Management -- via neighborhood team coordinators using WebEOC, the system used throughout the region to collect and disseminate information during emergencies. Neighborhood team coordinators and CERT ham radio operators also conducted radio checks a number of times before, during and after the storm. Nearly 100 active-duty Arlington CERT members assisted in the recovery, clearing over 200 hydrants and 90 storm drains.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:19
 
Arlington CERT Receives Honorable Mention from Virginia Department of Emergency Management PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 29 March 2013 13:59

The Arlington County CERT was notified today that it has received an Honorable Mention from the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) -- via its Citizen Corps office -- in the agency's 2012 annual SuperStar Awards. The nomination was submitted by Jack Brown, Arlington's Director of Emergency Management, in recognition of work done in neighborhoods and backing up the county's compromised  9-1-1 system following the June 29, 2012 derecho. Of the 46 nominations submitted to VDEM, 11 were selected as Outstanding in their categories and all others received honorable mentions. In others words, everyone nominated was a winner! You can read all the nominations at www.vaemergency.gov under the tab for "news" and then "volunteer news". The awards are sponsored by VDEM in partnership with Virginia Citizen Corps, Dominion Virginia Power, Virginia 1st (a nonprofit) and Ready Virginia. Congrats to all throughout the Commonwealth who were recognized for their efforts during 2012!

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 September 2013 06:50
 
What's Your Backup Plan? PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 28 March 2013 17:42

Arlington CERTer Elizabeth Floyd. Business Development Manager for Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), recently posed the back-up plan question on ATP's blog and encouraged readers to ask themselves "What if?" Check it out at www.arlingtontransportationpartners.com/pages/news-events/blog/emergency-prep-review-whats-your-backup-plan/.

Last Updated on Friday, 29 March 2013 13:33
 
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