COVID-19 Contact Tracing with Coursera The COVID-19 crisis has created an unprecedented need for contact tracing across the country, requiring thousands of people to learn key skills quickly. The job qualifications for contact tracing positions differ throughout the country and the world, with some new positions open to individuals with a high […]

Contact Tracing with Coursera and Red Cross Mapping Opportunities



Please see the latest newsletter from our neighboring county CERT organization in Alexandria, VA. There is a great article about the secondary effects of pandemics as it relates to COVID-19.

Alexandria, VA CERT May & June Newsletter


Dear CERTs: I hope you and your dear ones are well and are weathering these difficult times safely. I thought you would appreciate a report on what your CERT organization has been doing over the last two months or so. I’ve asked the Montgomery CERT COVID19 Task Force to give […]

Program Manager’s Moment- May 2020


CERT Members: As of TODAY, March 21, 2020, we have been activated to assist the county in the COVID-19 response efforts. Our help was requested by the Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security and approved by the Fire Chief. You can expect to see several communications from us over […]

Important Message from our Program Manager Greg St. James



Due to the COVID-19 situation, CERT Basic 20-01 scheduled to begin April 22, 2020 has been postponed indefinitely.  When we are able to safely reschedule the course, we will contact those who have pre-registered, and post the information on all our digital platforms.  We have a COVID-19 page on our website with […]

CERT Basic 20-01 Has Been Postponed


Due to the recent events surrounding the Coronavirus situation, Montgomery County CERT recognizes the need to create a safe environment for all event participants.  Therefore, it is in the best interest of students and CPR Instructors that we postpone the Friends and Family CPR/AED class scheduled for Thursday, March 19 at the Public Safety Headquarters.  […]

Friends & Family CPR Class 3/19/20 Postponed




Montgomery CERT CPR Instructors Greg St. James, David Schwartzman and Jennifer St. James, as well as our outreach coordinator (Kevin Barth) participated in a very important hands-only CPR demo on Friday, February 7th at Bohrer Park Community Center in Gaithersburg. As a highlight of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Xi […]

Montgomery CERT at Pink Goes Red- Hands Only CPR Demo!


I hope this new year finds you healthy and safe and ready to learn and grow with us. We have a busy and exciting 2020 ahead . Here are some things to look for: FEMA has issued a revised CERT curriculum. MC CERT is working to integrate the changes and […]

Program Manager’s Moment- Winter, 2020


Happy Holidays to you and yours from all of us here at Montgomery County CERT. December has proven to be a busy month with the CERT annual Holiday Party, Teen CERT,  a Friends and Family CPR class, and continuing work on new FEMA CERT training standards for 2020. FEMA says […]

Program Manager’s Moment- December, 2019



Here are some great winter tips from FEMA. Happy and safe Holidays to all: Greg St. JamesCERT Program ManagerMontgomery County Fire and RescuePSHQ 2nd Floor100 Edison Park DriveGaithersburg, MD 20878240-777-2407Greg.St.James@montgomerycountymd.gov Preparing for Winter Weather With winter approaching, be sure to look through your emergency kit and add supplies specific to […]

Program Manager’s Moment, November, 2019


October so far has proven to be an extra busy month for Montgomery County CERT.  First off, a belated congratulations to the graduates of CERT Basic Class 19-03 who received their FEMA certificates on September 28. Well done one and all! The final CERT Basic class for this year is […]

Program Manager’s Moment- October 2019


As you may know, September is preparedness month. There are so many different ways we can be prepared that I have been wondering where to begin. Then I learned something new: we can be prepared simply by getting enough sleep. Montgomery County CERT was privileged to host a presentation at our […]

Program Manager’s Moment- September, 2019



Happy Dog Days of August! Our Dog Cooper wanted me to use this time to remind you all of several important events:  CONGRATS to CERT Basic 19-02 who graduated 26 brand new CERTS on August 10! Great job by our students and instructors.  CERT Basic 19-03 is open and filling fast. This class […]

Program Manager’s Moment- August, 2019


So.. July 4th is here again, landing with a Crack and Boom, and a Splash in the midst of a very busy month for Montgomery County CERT. Our Go Team is rocking the 4th with multiple deployments this month in support of firework displays and a twilight run. CERT Basic 19-02 […]

Program Manager’s Moment- July 2019


June brings a very busy month to Montgomery County CERT as we roll into a full schedule summer of activities. First, we are very pleased to welcome the new Division of Volunteer Services Chief Michael Kelley on board as he begins his tenure. Chief Kelley has told me he looks […]

Program Manager’s Moment- June, 2019



May 2019 is the first ever Stop The Bleed Month, and at Montgomery CERT we are great supporters of learning hemorrhage control techniques.  We have offered several Stop The Bleed courses in the past and plan to offer more this year. Watch this space! Greg St. JamesCommunity Emergency Response Team […]

Program Manager’s Moment- May, 2019


Happy April to all! Congrats to our new slate of 2019/20 CERT officers elected on April 11 for a one-year term. Thank you to the other candidates and our election committee for all of their efforts. Please visit our http://montgomerycert.org/about_us/personnel/ page for an updated list of our leadership team, as […]

Program Manager’s Moment- April, 2019


As we roll into spring 2019 there is a lot to report on: CERT Basic 19-01 is well underway with an engaged (and engaging!) group of new CERT students. Grant funding is being renewed for the next cycle, so I hope to be able to announce date for CERT Basic 19-02 […]

Program Manager’s Moment- March 2019



Welcome to Montgomery CERT 2019. This year looks to be a very active one for MC CERT. We expect to offer multiple CERT Basic classes, CERT refresher classes, CPR for friends, family and the community, a Teen CERT class, and much more. Our Go Team has a number of active […]

Program Manager’s Moment- February, 2019


Well… the Holidays are in full swing, the parties, the goodies, the warmth of family and friends…for most of us anyway. I thought we might spare a thought or two this season for the ones among us who are struggling at this time of year. The first word of CERT […]

Program Manager’s Moment- December 2018


November 2018 finds me reflecting on how quickly time passes. When we are younger we think that some things last forever, and the future is impossibly far away.  Were that it was so… however, as we mature a bit, we learn that all good things must come to an end. […]

Program Manager’s Moment- November, 2018



Yesterday, we had over 35 attendees at the CERT skills refresher course. Thanks to David Steele & Kristen Wear for teaching the class. Participants brushed up on RPM, head-to-toe assessments and other essential CERT related skills. It was a busy 3 hours of training, and everyone received certificates at the […]

Successful CERT Refresher Training!


Marcie Roth was able to visit Montgomery CERT and the October General Membership Meeting to present the topic of CERT and the disability population. To view this, please click the link below.   https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ea8XBYYLgHv-T3NUL6CpO2a0tvInpOtX/view?usp=sharing  

Marcie Roth Visits our October 2018 CERT General Meeting!


Montgomery CERT provides public safety information and assists the Glen Echo Fire Department with demonstrations at GEFD’s annual open house. CERT Members from L-R (Kevin Barth, ian Golub, Robert Lule, Liljana Stevceva, Rochelle Weisberger, Brett Wernick, and Toly Yarup)    

Montgomery CERT Volunteers at the Glen Echo Fire Department 10-21-18!



October is here bringing changing colors, falling leaves, and lots of CERT activities. We continue Friends and family CPR classes, GoTeam drills and planning, general meeting presentations, 800 MHz radio training, and outreach events. As I look at the list of volunteers and events, I am reminded that as in […]

Program Manager’s Moment- October 2018


Somehow, September is here again, and the lazy days of summer have slipped away once again as we rush head-first into fall. At Montgomery County CERT, we have opened up registration opportunities for a full slate of fall preparedness activities. There are five friends and family CPR/AED classes now open, […]

Program Manager’s Moment- September 2018


Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Do you know how to assist your neighbors and co-workers in any emergency situation? Will you be able to help if Emergency Services are delayed? If your answer was not a resounding yes, then consider taking the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training course […]

CERT Basic #2018-05 Graduation December 15th, 2018



Here is a quick note about some COVID-19 and other preparedness training resources National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) As you know, National VOAD has been holding training webinars for COVID-19 for VOAD partners.  To sign up for the NVOAD email list please visit:  https://www.nvoad.org/join-our-mailing-list/.  If you missed their past […]

COVID-19 and Training Preparedness Resources