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Next CERT Basic Training Will be Spring 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 22 August 2017 13:23

The next round of basic training for the Arlington County CERT will be March-April 2018. The group is taking a break this fall to focus on advanced/continuing education for current active-duty members. If you're an Arlington County resident who's at least 18 years old (16 and 17 if accompanied by a parent) and interested in the basic CERT course, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for additional details.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 13:49
Drive-By Tourniquet Training Big Success PDF Print E-mail

Twice in recent months Arlington CERT members honed their tourniquet and H-bandage skills during "drive-by" stop-the-bleed training. Because it's been a while since many of us completed our initial training, this refresher was scheduled as a skills-check activity during which CERTers could demonstrate their proficiency and/or get in some practice. All active-duty members were encouraged to drop by the fire training academy to show their stuff ... and nearly 100 did! While there, attendees also grabbed a hammer, scissors, grommets and surveyor's tape to make their own portable triage tape system. In-and-out in less than 30 minutes and better prepared for emergencies. Win-win. Many thanks to those teammates who served as instructors/skills-checkers ... and craft leaders!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 15:25
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!



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.


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
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