Welcome to the Montgomery County, Maryland Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) website. The Montgomery County CERT Program is managed by the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service.
The Montgomery County (Maryland) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is sponsoring the fifth annual CERT conference in the National Capital Region. The conference is to provide advanced education and hands-on disaster preparedness training to CERT teams in the mid-Atlantic region and to provide an understanding of CERT capabilities to emergency management personnel, Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, 2015.
The CERTCON 2015 theme is “Beyond Expectations” and is the foundational concept for this year’s classes, lectures and workshops. This year will include:
- Presentations on foundational CERT skills
- Presentations and workshops that include unique or advanced information and diverse training
- Interactive hands-on experiences and scenarios
Classes, lectures and workshops will be designed to broaden horizons and explore the possibilities for service by CERTs at home, at work, and in our communities.
This year’s conference expects regional and national presenters, and more than 250 CERT-trained attendees.
The first year of the conference, also hosted in Montgomery County, featured keynote remarks from FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate. Since 2011, CERTCon has been hosted by Georgetown University; Fairfax County, Virginia and Prince George’s County, Maryland.
Although the format has changed each year, the original goal for the conference remains to educate and provide networking opportunities and enhance cooperation among the region’s CERT teams.
Registration is open. Register now at:
Call for Presenters closes April 30.
Professionals and volunteers working in any aspect of fire rescue, emergency preparedness, or disaster response are asked to provide foundational CERT skills classes, advanced techniques, unique information and diverse training to CERT trained personnel from the mid-Atlantic area. In crafting your presentation proposal, consider the conference theme “Beyond Expectations” as well as the needs and interests of CERT members in all aspects of disaster preparedness and response.
To be considered as a presenter for CERTCON 2015, the Call for Presenters Application form, must be completed.
Submit your Presenter proposal now at: http://certcon.org/call-for-presenters/
About Montgomery CERT
Since August 2013, close to 200 CERT members have volunteered for 71 various events ranging from Operations; Training; Outreach; and general meetings. Over 3,600 volunteer hours have been logged during this timeframe. These numbers include CERT members’ contributions towards nine SITREPs– eight snow storms and one EF-0 tornado that impacted the County in June 2013. In September 2013, Montgomery County CERT received national recognition for Outstanding CERT Initiatives associated to its SITREPs.
Montgomery County CERT continues offering Storm Camp, a half day family workshop designed to improve the readiness and safety of the public. Storm Camp is a concept designed to reach the largest possible number of county residents. For more information on Storm Camp, please click the Storm Camp tab above.
Montgomery County CERT will go on the road to present its award winning social media and situation reporting strategies at the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials (APCO) 80th Annual Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana on August 6, 2014. In May 2014, we presented on the topic at the FOSE/GovSec conference in Washington, D.C..
If you would like to learn more about Montgomery County CERT, you are welcome to attend its monthly General Meeting which is open to the public. The meeting is held on the second Thursday of each month at the Executive Office Building Auditorium located at 101 Monroe Street in Rockville, MD 20850.
Interested in Montgomery County CERT Services?
If you are interested in having Montgomery County CERT visit your agency, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in joining Montgomery County CERT?
Montgomery County CERT next CERT Enhanced Training offering will start on January 7, 2014. Classes will be held Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings with a final practical on Saturday, February 7th at the Montgomery County Public Safety Headquarters in Gaithersburg, MD.