Program Manager’s Moment- Winter, 2020

I hope this new year finds you healthy and safe and ready to learn and grow with us. We have a busy and exciting 2020 ahead . Here are some things to look for:

FEMA has issued a revised CERT curriculum. MC CERT is working to integrate the changes and roll them out in our spring CERT Basic Class (most likely in early April 2020).

MC CERT is planning more Friends and Family CPR /AED trainings, both at the PSHQ and at an outside location. We are purchasing additional equipment and plan to introduce Infant CPR classes this year.  Watch this website for dates and registration info. We are also launching a Hands Only CPR outreach component. Our first such event is Friday February  7 at 7:00 pm, at Bohrer Park Activity Center in Gaithersburg, Room C.

In 2020 MC CERT team members will have the chance to take certain courses at the PSTA (The Academy) as we mature and integrate our organization with the MCFRS.

This summer CERT will put in service CERT 700, a re-purposed ambulance to serve as our CERT command and outreach vehicle.

MC CERT will also start using space at the Community Service Building for storage, training, and meetings. This will be a significant improvement for our group. Details soon.

MC CERT will add equipment and uniform items as funds allow this year, look for opportunities to improve our gear and our PPE as we train.

MC CERT will also increase our Continuing Education opportunities for members locally and nationally. We hope to send a group to the national CERT conference in Missouri in July.

2020 will also see MC CERT take part in more NCR CERT activities including CERT CON 2020 in Fairfax VA in November 2020.

So keep your calendar at hand there are many CERT activities this year that I know you will want to participate in!