Saturday, September 25, 2010

What do Project Runway, Home Depot Tarp and CERT have in common?

Fairfax County CERT had an exhibit at the Capital Home Show (September 24-26 in Dulles, VA). TV's Project Runway stopped by the booth to model the dress made from a Home Depot tarp - clothes for any disaster.

Additional information about CERT at the home show can be found at

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Scanners May Be Your Only Option To Know If Help Is On The Way

In CERT, we learn "Following a major disaster, first responders who provide fire and medical services will not be able to meet the demand for these services. Factors as number of victims, communication failures, and road blockages will prevent people from accessing emergency services they have come to expect at a moment's notice through 911. People will have to rely on each other for help in order to meet their immediate life saving and life sustaining needs." (

You call 911 and you are unable to get through. How do you know if help is arriving and how bad is the situation?

One option is to find your local emergency agency on a scanner. The following website provides live feeds from across the country.

For additional tips, visit