February Newsletter

Happy February CERT Members!!

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

Social Media:

Some of our recent Facebook posts:


Remember, HYDRATE HYDRATE HYDRATE. Gonna be a Hot One!
Many area locations at 90 Degrees at 9AM !!!!

Record Heat image from

Ron Pendleton's photo.
Ron Pendleton's photo.


Last night the County’s 9-1-1 system experienced a short outage. Individuals needing aid were directed by Alert Montgomery to contact their local fire and police stations. Here is a list of emergency numbers for you to print or screen shot so you always have them handy!

Montgomery County CERT's photo.


Did you know you can sign up to receive emergency alerts (including emails and SMS/Text messages) directly from Montgomery County? You can set up preferences to get messages about school closings, weather advisories, traffic issues and more. Register below:

Montgomery County- Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security (OEMHS)


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.


7/11: Montgomery County’s 911 System Has Been Restored

Montgomery County’s 911 system continues to function properly after being down for approximately two hours last night and into this morning.

NOTE: I am getting different messages from different County Sources and at different times. As of 0846 HRS the content within this message seems accurate. Just remember everything in this message should you have an issue and require 911 support)

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:

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

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Contact Information – Phone Numbers and Station Addresses

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