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Spring 2016 CERT Classes Filled PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 00:00

Enrollment for the spring 2016 basic training for the Arlington County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) has been brisk. In fact, even after increasing the maximum class size, both courses are filled. The Department of Homeland Security/Federal Emergency Management Agency curriculum covers a variety of disaster response topics, including disaster preparedness, disaster medical operations, fire suppression and utility shutoff, light search and rescue, team organization and management, disaster psychology and terrorism. Classes meet six weeknights and two Saturday mornings over a six-to-eight week period. The training is open to all who live and/or work in Arlington County and who are at least 18 years of age (16 and 17-year olds may participate if accompanied by an adult). Enrollment for the September-October classes will begin in late March. Additional information may be obtained by sending a request to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 March 2016 15:32
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.


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
NY/NJ CERTs Active Following Superstorm Sandy PDF Print E-mail

We respect and appriciate our fellow CERT members around the country. Below is an update from FEMA on New York & New Jersey CERT activities in the wake of Sandy:


Citizen Corps Volunteers Make a Difference in the Wake of Hurricane Sandy

Alongside interagency, state, local, and volunteer partners, FEMA and the emergency management team are working long hours each day to ensure the needs of communities affected by Sandy are identified and addressed.
While FEMA has provided more than $1.04 billion in assistance, as of December 6, 2012, to communities and individuals affected by the disaster, our whole community partners also remain committed to survivors.


The dedication of volunteers supporting the response and recovery has made a tremendous impact on our effectiveness.


“Federal response to disasters is only one part of the equation," said FEMA Administrator Fugate." Groups like Citizen Corps Councils and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) programs provide front-line support to first responders and community members during disasters. FEMA is proud to work alongside our Citizen Corps partners. I extend a thank you and acknowledgement for all that they contribute.”


As the recovery continues, we will feature best practices and stories of triumph from our counterparts in the affected states. Key to the response in ravaged areas were New Jersey and New York volunteers.
New Jersey Citizen Corps Council helped coordinate volunteers across the state and sprung into action immediately. During the height of the storm, a communications repeater went down in the Hoboken Fire Department. Thinking quickly on their feet, the Hoboken CERT utilized its amateur radio repeaters as the primary means of communication for shelter operations, shuttle bus communications, and volunteer interactions.

Click on the "Read More" link to the right for the rest of the story.

Last Updated on Monday, 10 December 2012 08:42
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