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The Fairfax County (Virginia) Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) held the sixth annual CERT conference in the National Capital Region on Saturday, September 24, 2016 and Sunday, September 25, 2016 in Fairfax, Virginia.

The conference offered advanced education and hands-on disaster preparedness training to CERT teams in the Mid-Atlantic region and to provided an understanding of CERT capabilities to emergency management personnel.

Classes, lectures and workshops were held to broaden horizons and explore the possibilities for service by CERTs at home, at work, and in our communities.

The first year of the conference was 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, and Maryland, Montgomery County in 2015.

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.