Friday, November 30, 2007
Both sides of this debate are included in the complete article which can be found at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22046131/
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Do you know about XM Channel 214 - Washington? The XM Weather and Traffic Station for the Washington DC area.
Through an agreement between XM and several local counties, Emergency Alerts will also be broadcast on this channel.
XM Channel 247 is also worth checking out as well, as a way to find out about larger scale emergencies and emergency messages from across the country. Additional information on that channel can be found here: http://www.xmradio.com/onxm/channelpage.xmc?ch=247
Did you ever wonder what other jurisdictions across the United States are doing? Check out this website: http://www.cybertelecom.org/security/eas.htm
Monday, November 26, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The Citizen Corps Leader of the Year is a "manager, coordinator or council member whether volunteer or career who exemplifies the Citizen Corps mission".
Pictured (from left to right) are:
- Brock Bierman. Director, DHS/FEMA Community Preparedness Division. Small State and Rural Advocate;
- Sharon Woo, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Citizen Corps & CERT Training and Outreach Coordinator;
- Suzanne Simmons, Virginia Department of Emergency Management, Volunteer Coordination Program Manager; and
- Andrew Levy, Fairfax County Citizen Corps Council Chairman receiving the award.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
They also attended 2007 Virginia Citizen Corps Tidewater Training Day.
Best practices learned from other Citizen Corps Councils will be shared in the next few weeks on this blog.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Fairfax County CERT trains area Boy Scouts
School emergency preparedness resources
A complete DHS list of emergency preparedness resources for schools is available at http://www.dhs.gov/schoolpreparedness.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Congratulations to Gerry Connolly for being re-elected as Chairman of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. We look forward to your continued support and help to secure funding to maintain our programs.
Gerry Connolly knows that the first step in fighting crime is to prevent it. Last year, the crime rate in Fairfax County hit a 32-year low and, among the 50 largest jurisdictions, was the lowest in the nation. Our violent crime rate is half that of our neighboring jurisdictions.
- Put more police officers on the street and a police resource officer at every school
- Fought gangs by involving police, schools and the community in an anti-gang initiative that has reduced gang membership by half in our schools
- Initiated the Park Watch program
- Started the Safe Teen Driving initiative
- Strengthened Neighborhood Watch and Citizen Corps programs
- Chairs the Emergency Preparedness Committee for metropolitan Washington
You might consider volunteering at the conference. Often they offer their volunteers free registration and it also provides a good networking opportunity.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
Medical Education Campus in Springfield
"We’re using several of our most popular courses to construct a Medical Office track that can be taken separately or in succession,” Zimmerman explains. “This series may be of particular interest to career-switchers—it allows successful students to enter a job field where there is high demand for these skills.”
The five-week Medical Office Specialist training program provides the knowledge and skills necessary to function as an administrative professional in a medical office. Students will learn how to effectively run the MediSoft office suite (used in a majority of medical offices in the D.C. metro area); following successful completion of the course, students can seek employment continue their education.
Comprehensive Medical Billing and Coding is a 12-week course that allows students to apply theoretical and practical billing and coding knowledge to real-life situations. (This class is also offered at NOVA’s Arlington Center, located near the Ballston subway station.)
Basic Medical Transcription is designed specifically for those looking for a second career; graduates are well-prepared to work in a doctor's office, hospital, clinic, or to be self-employed. The six-week course includes medical terminology, anatomy, physiology, completion of medical reports and medical digital editing.
The winter session of Workforce Development and Continuing Education classes gets underway mid-January. To register or to learn more about these classes, call 703-822-6532 or visit http://www.nvcc.edu/medical/continuing
Thank you to Ellen Kamilakis for making this happen.
They offer a wide variety of Disaster Related training at no charge. Information can be found at
In the near future, this blog will focus on some of the other disaster related services offered by the Red Cross, a Citizen Corps Council affiliate.
Monday, November 5, 2007
training and awareness for your friends/family.
The following FEMA website provides some suggestions:
The 4-hour course was developed with funding from the Department of Homeland Security and is offered at no charge.
To access the eCDLS course, visit the following website: http://ama.learn.com/ecdls.
Thank you to Terry Akins for passing on this information.
Saturday, November 3, 2007
From the printed material, it becomes clear that the answer is Citizen Corps, just look at http://www.citizencorps.com/
If we look at remarks from President Bush, in a press release from the Office of the Press Secretary, we do see "Remarks by the President on Citizens Corps". Are we saying that someone in the President's office made a mistake? No!
If we look at the definitions (dictionary.com) for citizen, we see "A person...", "A resident...", "A civilian..." and for corps, we see "a group of people...", "a team...".
But does it matter? If we look at Citizen Corps, we are individuals who are a part of a group or team, such as a Neighborhood Watch Team, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) Team.
People often get bogged down in administrative activities and forget the core values of an organization - an organization based on individual volunteers who make up the Citizen Corps. While this might seem like an off the wall discussion, try having it and see what discussion comes out of it.
In Fairfax County, this was a very successful America's Safe Schools Week. We would like to thank each individual "citizen" - students, teachers, administrators, instructors, volunteers who are part of our "corps" - team and helping keep our schools safe.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Fairfax County is proud to offer these and other programs and outreach open to all students in the region.
To those that coordinate the Fire and Emergency Medical Sciences, Law Enforcement Explorers, Boy Scout Emergency Preparedness programs, and other programs and outreach, we thank you.
For additional information, or to have someone speak to you or your organization, on any of our student programs, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
It was distributed by Medill.
While Lauren Kovacic, our Citizen Corps Council student representative, was not speaking in the video, we did want to highlight an article about her from last year: