Category Archives: Volunteer Opportunities

Snow in Mid-March? Request for SITREPs for March 13, 2017

Well, it took until mid-March, but it looks like Montgomery County might get snow Monday night and into Tuesday.  As we all safely warm in our homes (hopefully) and remember the lovely 70 degree days we had just last week, we are hoping our fellow CERT members are willing to send in a few situation reports (SITREPs).

Submitting situational reports (SITREPs) provide county officials valuable information about conditions around the county.

Operational Period: Monday 3-13-17 2000 to Tuesday 3-14-17 1600 or as amended.

Please answer the following questions:

  • What time did you generate this report?
  • What is your zip code?
  • What type of precipitation? (Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain, Mix)
  • What is the approximate accumulation? (e.g., .25”, 1”, 2-3”)
  • Do you have power? (Yes, No, Lost but restored now)
  • Have your roads been serviced? (Yes/No)

If possible, please provide more than one SITREP over the course of the operational period, but no more than one per hour. Photos are welcome but not necessary. You will remain anonymous in the final report. Providing input does not require possessing a County ID because this is not an activation of CERT. Please stay warm and be safe.

How to submit a SITREP:

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:
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:
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:

Also, feel free to contact Registrar Gigi Knell at 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.

Also, feel free to contact Registrar Gigi Knell at 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:

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

or watch the Discovering Amateur Radio video:

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

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

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


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.