Program Manager’s Moment- September 2020

So Labor Day has come and we are stepping into fall already! As you may know, September is Preparedness Month so we have included a link to a very useful newsletter from our friends in Alexandria VA CERT. This issue of the Alexandria CERT Newsletter focuses on preparedness for two groups:  1) persons with disabilities/access and functional needs, and 2) pets.

In August, we completed our first ever online CERT Basic class (20-01). Big thanks to the incredible work done by our Training Committee. We are planning an in-person practicum soon to complete the basic class for the 20-01 students. Over the summer, we have continued our Covid 19 Task Force missions of food delivery and support of our ESF-16 partners. A hearty well done to all our Task Force volunteers.  MC CERT has been active with our Virtual Emergency Response Team (VERT) which you can see elsewhere on this website,  and we continue working with MCFRS to obtain a CERT vehicle this fall.

As our county begins the slow process of safely reopening, we plan to offer more training opportunities and increase our Go Team activities. In the interim, we remind you to follow guidelines, exercise caution; and stay safe! Happy Labor Day!

Greg St. James
CERT Program Manager
Montgomery County Fire and Rescue