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February MC CERT Newsletter

 

Happy February, CERTS!

Here is a list of upcoming events for February:

February 2017 Steering Committee Meeting

The February 2017 Steering Committee meeting will be held on Monday, February 6th at 1900 at PSHQ. Please sign up in CERVIS to attend. All are welcome.

Event Meeting Location:
PSHQ
100 Edison Park Dr. Gaithersburg, MD, 20878

Event Registration Code: gvY3pf

February 2017 General Membership Meeting

The February General Membership meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9th at 1900 at PSHQ. Please sign up in CERVIS to attend.

Event Meeting Location:
PSHQ
100 Edison Park Dr. Gaithersburg, MD, 20878

Event Registration Code: 00DmZp

FEMA SAR Team Support- Volunteers Needed

Event Date/Time:
Sat, Feb 11, 2017 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Event Name:
CERT Support for MDTF-1 CE

Event Meeting Location:
Search & Rescue Assist (SARA) Linthicum USAR K-9 Training Facility
6931 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd, Brooklyn, MD 21225

Event Registration Code: 7xZbN8

Event Description:

Maryland Task Force 1, the local FEMA SAR team, is taking part in a Certification Exam for FEMA canine handles nationwide at the Linthicum, MD training site and has asked MC CERT for a few volunteers to participate as subjects.  It’s a unique experience and you will get the chance to observe the test and see the various.

Volunteers would need to report early to the Linthicum site- at 7 AM.  While the testing will continue throughout the day until dusk, volunteers may leave after their turn as subject.  All effort will be made to get CERT volunteers in early in the day.

Sign-up to volunteer through CERVIS:

For more information on the certification: https://www.fema.gov/canine-handler-certification

Also, feel free to contact Registrar Gigi Knell at gigiknell@gmail.com if you have any questions.

CERT Basic- Winter 2017 Class

Our CERT Basic Winter 2017 class is being held on Wednesdays and Saturdays starting on February 22ndgoing until March 25th.  If you have not completed all of the CERT basic classes, there is space to register for CERT members who still need to finish the requirements for graduation. CERT members that wish to brush up on their skills are welcome to come and sit in on any class.  If you have a desire to become an instructor or an assistant, please contact David Steele or Greg St. James for more information.

The event registration is listed in Eventbrite.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-emergency-response-team-basic-training-february-22-march-25-tickets-29829965229

Also, feel free to contact Registrar Gigi Knell at gigiknell@gmail.com if you have any questions.

 

Free Amateur Radio Class Offered

The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club is offering a free amateur radio Technician license class at the Rockville Memorial Library for six Sundays on March 26, April 2, April 9, April 23, April 30, May 7, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM.  More information about this class is at:

http://www.marcclub.org/mweb/education/classes/index.html

We will be meeting at the:

Studio i Makerspace
Rockville Memorial Library, second floor
21 Maryland Ave
Rockville, MD 20850
Maps & Directions

This is a great opportunity for you to get your amateur radio license.  To learn more about amateur radio, also known as ham radio, go to

http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio

or watch the Discovering Amateur Radio video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bcfJUjcSEz8

You can register for this free class by sending an email to:

education@marcclub.org .

For existing CERT members that have amateur radio licenses and have not put your call sign in CERVIS, please do so. We are trying to identify our existing ham radio operators for upcoming events and training.

Please contact Jennifer Hobson or Carl Brill for more information.

As you can see, this is a very busy time, and CERT only works because of you. Please stay involved and stay safe. Thanks for volunteering!

Greg St. James
Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)  Program Manager
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg,  MD 20878
240-777-2407

New Winter Basic CERT Class Scheduled for February/March

Registration is now open for the Winter 2017 Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Course will start on Wednesday, February 22,  2017 and wrapping up with a final practical exercise on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Classes held Wednesday Evenings from 7–9 PM and Saturday mornings from 9 AM–1 PM at the Public Safety Headquarters (100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878). For more information, please contact the MC CERT Registrar @ registrar@montgomerycert.org.

Don’t be scared, be ready with a free Halloween CPR class!

The only thing scarier than Halloween is not knowing how to save a life using CPR. Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is the leading cause of death among American adults. Learn how to save the lives of your family and friends with a FREE CPR class and costume party. Please wear costumes…

Refreshments and door prizes will be provided. All ages are welcome. Act fast, limited space.

DATE: Saturday, October 29, 2016
TIME: 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM EDT
WHERE: Public Safety Headquarters
100 Edison Park Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20878
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*This class is open to Montgomery County residents ONLY and does NOT result in certification. The Montgomery Community Emergency response Team (CERT) offers this class free of charge to Montgomery County Residents. The class are taught by ASHI professional instructors and Montgomery County EMT’s.

For more information, please contact the CERT Program Manager at greg.stjames@montgomerycountymd.gov.

Are you Ready? Come to Storm Camp on Saturday, October 1!

Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is proud to announce our next Storm Camp is Saturday, October 1st from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm. The event will be held at the Rock Creek Terrace in Rockville, MD.

Storm Camp is a free half-day interactive educational event for adults and children designed to help you answer the question above with a resounding yes, no matter the threat. Kids 4-11 will enjoy a special program of fun and learning that will turn ordinary youngsters into “Ready Pirates” equipped with age appropriate emergency skills.

The Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold its next Storm Camp at the Ford Center at Rock Creek Terrace Apartments. Storm Camp was developed by the CERT, which is part of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services’ Division of Volunteer Services, and is taught by FEMA certified instructors that include active and retired EMT’s and Firefighters. Other partners and sponsors for this event include: The Emergency Response Team Committee of the Montgomery County (MD) Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.; Iota Upsilon Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and HOPE worldwide, Mid-Atlantic Chapter.

If you have any questions, please email stormcamp@montgomerycert.org

Register

Volunteer Opportunity: Participate in the CERT Team of Clinton’s Disaster Search and Rescue Drill

The CERT Team of Clinton, in Southern Maryland, is looking for volunteer participants for a mock disaster search and rescue drill. The event will be held on Saturday, November 19th, 2016, from 8am – 12 noon. This volunteer opportunity will be the second in the series of follow-up exercises from CERTEX PGC 2016 Function Exercise held in June.

We need CERT-trained responders and volunteer victims. Victim participants will be creatively disguised by our talented makeup artists with disaster makeup to simulate real-life injuries after a disaster. Volunteers posing as victims should wear old clothes they do not mind getting dirty or torn.

Following is the Eventbrite registration link for the CERTEX PGC 2016 Fall Drill. The location will be determined later in September.
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/certex-pgc-2016-fall-search-rescue-drill-sar-tickets-26832651182?aff=eac2

Register for CERT Training this Fall!

Registration is now open for the Fall 2016 Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Course will start on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 and wrapping up with a final practical exercise on Saturday, November 5, 2016.

Classes held Wednesday Evenings from 7–9 PM and Saturday mornings from 9 AM–1 PM at the Public Safety Headquarters (100 Edison Park Drive, Gaithersburg, MD 20878). For more information, please contact the MC CERT Registrar @ registrar@montgomerycert.org.

Sign-up for the Fall 2016 Community Emergency Response Training Course

We are pleased to announce the Fall 2016 Community Emergency Response Training (CERT) Course will start on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 and wrapping up with a final practical exercise on Saturday, November 5, 2016. The course will be held in Gaithersburg, MD on Wednesday evenings from 7 PM – 9 PM and Saturday mornings from 9 AM – 1 PM.

Registration will open August 15th

No 911? Who to Call

As demonstrated by the issues Montgomery County’s 911 system recently faced, Its good to have the following information.

During an emergency, the public should contact 911 for an emergency response from police, fire and emergency medical services.

If A CALLER HEARS a busy signal or IS unable to get through on 911, the CALLER should contact 311 OR THE CLOSEST local fire station or police DISTRICT station.

Fire Stations:
http://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/mcfrs/connect/phone.html

Police Stations

Rockville Station 240-773-6070
Bethesda Station 240-773-6700
Silver Spring 240-773-6800
Wheaton 240-773-5500
Germantown 240-773-6200
Gaithersburg 240-773-5700

Are You Grilling Safely?

With summer upon us and thinking about the “GREAT CERT BBQ of 2016” I came across a quick FEMA grilling safety video on YouTube. Nothing that requires a cold beverage and popcorn, but some important reminders on how to GRILL SAFELY. In fact, I wanted to go get some facts and figures for Montgomery County regarding grill fire incidents, but I believe this WTOP report on a Germantown MD fire caused by grilling amounting in 150K in damage will say all that needs be said. This was just last April 2016.

Are you Ready? Register for Storm Camp!

In conjunction with the Beth Sholom Sisterhood, Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) presents Storm Camp, a free half day interactive educational event for adults and children designed to help you be prepared, no matter the threat. Storm Camp will show you how to:

  • Build a Home Disaster Kit
  • Safely operate a fire extinguisher
  • Respond to common life threatening medical emergencies
  • Organize your neighborhood and workplace to be ready
  • Prepare your home and loved ones for emergencies large and small

Kids 4-11 will enjoy a special program of fun and learning that will turn ordinary youngsters into “Ready Pirates” equipped with age appropriate emergency skills.

Our Next Storm Camp is Sunday April 3rd from 10:00 am until 1:00 pm at the Beth Sholom Congregation and Talmud Torah.

Register Today!

Storm Camp was developed by the CERT, which is part of the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services’ Division of Volunteer Services, and is taught by FEMA certified instructors that include active and retired EMT’s and Firefighters.