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 they will release the new course updates in early January. Look for more information from our CERT Training committee also in January. Our CERT January general meeting will feature an informative presentation and firsthand account about the events of 9-11 at the Pentagon from John Lamme. Please join us January 9, 2020 at 1900 at PSHQ.
On December 11, 2019, the Montgomery County Community Emergency Response Team and I received a 2019 Mission award from Homeland Security Today. Kristina Tanasichuk (seen here presenting the award) is the Executive Editor of Homeland Security Today and CEO of the Government Technology & Services Coalition. Each year, Homeland Security Today honors shining stars in the community who are making their own unique, invaluable contributions to advance the mission of keeping America safer from myriad threats.
On a personal note, 2019 was a roller coaster year for me: two significant health challenges that I have overcome, and a marriage celebrated. On behalf of Jennifer and I and our family: we wish you a safe and happy holiday season and a wonderful new year!