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Community Response Training Begins in September

posted Jul 15, 2011, 1:32 PM by L M

To all Arlington County neighborhood and civic association leaders:
FYI, two Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basic training courses are scheduled to begin in September. This training provides those who live and/or work in Arlington County with the skills and knowledge to be better prepared for, able to respond to and recover from emergencies, large and small. To-date, more than 500 Arlingtonians representing almost 50 civic associations have completed this training. Some did so to be safer in their own homes and others to be better prepared to help out their community in a disaster.
The training takes place over six weeknights and two Saturday mornings (total of 25 hours) at the Fire Training Academy in Shirlington. It is offered free of charge and is sponsored by the County's Citizen Corps Council, Office of Emergency Management and Fire Department. The training is typically offered twice a year.
Additional details are provided on the attached announcement. Please include it in neighborhood listservs, newsletters and other communication vehicles. Please have interested parties contact me at for the schedule and additional details.
Also, to give you some sense of how many active-duty CERT members currently reside in your civic association, a list is provided at the end of this e-mail. They are trained citizen volunteers who may be deployed by the County's Office of Emergency Management in an emergency and their names and contact information are treated as confidential. Because CERT training takes an all-hazards approach, it would be advantageous to have as many trained individuals in your neighborhood as possible.  
Preparedness is everyone's responsibility ... please help spread the word!
Best regards,
Cynthia Kellams
Volunteer Program Coordinator and Citizen Liaison
Arlington County CERT
P.S. Only three of you have completed CERT training. Hope to see more of you in September!

Preparedness tip: With hurricane season underway -- and a more active than usual season projected for the Atlantic -- make sure you have enough non-perishable food and water on-hand to support you and your family for at least three days. Don't assume grocery stores and drinkable tap water will be accessible in an emergency.

More than 10 Active-duty CERT Members
Arlington Ridge
Aurora Highlands
Columbia Heights
Douglas Park
6 to 10
Alcova Heights
Arlington Heights
Donaldson Run
Lyon Park
Lyon Village
1 to 5
Arlington-E. Falls Church
Arlington Forest
Ashton Heights
Ballston-VA Square
Bellevue Forest
Boulevard Manor
Columbia Forest
Columbia Heights West
Dominion Hills
Forest Hills
Foxcroft heights
Highland Park-Overlee Knolls
John M. Langston
Long Branch Creek
Madison Manor
North Highlands
Old Glebe
Radnot-Ft. Myer Heights
Rock Spring
Tara-Leeway Heights
Westover Village
All others have 0 active CERT members