Stafford County Community Emergency Response Team - CERT

Stafford County Community Emergency Response Team - CERT CERT educates individuals about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response operations.

The Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or

The Community Emergency Response Team Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or

Operating as usual

Stop by and visit us today or tomorrow at the Fredericksburg Fall Home & Craft Festival. It's a Home Show - It's a Craft...
10/16/2021

Stop by and visit us today or tomorrow at the Fredericksburg Fall Home & Craft Festival. It's a Home Show - It's a Craft Show - All in one at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. Our CERT members will be distributing information on Preparedness topics and other items to better prepare for this winter. Hope to see you there!!

October 16th & 17th join us for the 16th Annual Fall Home & Craft Festival 🎃🌾

It's TWO shows for the price of ONE ‼️

This show features home improvement vendors along with crafters who will have their handmade creations available for sale. Come get your home ready for winter here! 🧶🎨🏡🛠

Show Hours⏱
Saturday: 10:00AM-5:00PM
Sunday: 10:00AM-3:00PM

Show Info 🗒: https://www.fredericksburghomeshow.com/
Tickets 🎟: https://bmgevents.ticketspice.com/fredericksburg-home-craft-festival-2021

Hey Stafford. Come on out to the Stafford Marketplace in front of Lowes for National Night Out.  Lots of First Responder...
10/05/2021
Stafford County, VA

Hey Stafford. Come on out to the Stafford Marketplace in front of Lowes for National Night Out. Lots of First Responders, Activities and Vendors. Bring the Kids and have some Community Fun!!!

This is week 4 of National Preparedness Month: Teach Youth About Preparedness!  Talk to your kids about preparing for em...
09/21/2021
Prepare Your Family | Ready.gov

This is week 4 of National Preparedness Month: Teach Youth About Preparedness! Talk to your kids about preparing for emergencies and what to do in case you are separated. Reassure them by providing information about how they can get involved. Need tips for talking to your kids about natural disasters? Visit www.ready.gov/kids/parents

Find materials to build a family emergency plan, information on how to help children cope with a disaster, and tips to help children be ready for disasters.

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES: Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your Caution...
09/09/2021

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES: Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your Caution-home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations from FEMA and the Centers for Disease Control. http://www.ready.gov/kit

Our CERT team was out this past weekend at the local Farmer's Market in Stafford.

EMERGENCY SUPPLIES: Gather supplies that will last for several days after a disaster for everyone living in your Caution-home. Don’t forget to consider the unique needs each person or pet may have in case you have to evacuate quickly. Update your kits and supplies based on recommendations from FEMA and the Centers for Disease Control. http://www.ready.gov/kit

Our CERT team was out this past weekend at the local Farmer's Market in Stafford.

Stafford County CERT Basic Course – Fall 2021 REGISTER NOW - Registration Deadline is Sunday, September 12Available to S...
09/07/2021

Stafford County CERT Basic Course – Fall 2021
REGISTER NOW - Registration Deadline is Sunday, September 12
Available to Stafford County-area residents 18+.

Stafford County CERT Basic Course – Fall 2021
REGISTER NOW - Registration Deadline is Sunday, September 12
Available to Stafford County-area residents 18+.

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and is held annually. NPM is a time to raise awareness about the importan...
09/03/2021

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and is held annually. NPM is a time to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme for National Preparedness Month is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” For more information on the themes for each week, please visit: https://www.ready.gov/september

September is National Preparedness Month (NPM) and is held annually. NPM is a time to raise awareness about the importance of preparing for disasters and emergencies that could happen at any time. The 2021 theme for National Preparedness Month is “Prepare to Protect. Preparing for disasters is protecting everyone you love.” For more information on the themes for each week, please visit: https://www.ready.gov/september

08/31/2021

Governor Northam has declared a state of emergency to respond to impacts from Tropical Depression Ida, which is expected to cause heavy rains and flooding. This includes Stafford Co. and the surrounding areas. Take some time to ensure items that could be affected by high winds are stored or tied down. Also, potential power outages in the area. Please be careful & take precautions!!!

Happening this afternoon at 2:20PM, the VA Dept. of Emergency Management along with the FCC will be conducting a nationa...
08/11/2021

Happening this afternoon at 2:20PM, the VA Dept. of Emergency Management along with the FCC will be conducting a national test of the Emergency Alert System. See post below:

We'll be conducting a national test in coordination with The Federal Communications Commission of the Emergency Alert System at 2:20 PM ET this Wednesday, August 11. The test will go to televisions & radios, while specially configured cell phones will receive an emergency alert test code message. #IPAWS

More info: fema.gov/emergency-managers/practitioners/integrated-public-alert-warning-system

Last Thursday, CERT was activated in response to a severe weather event that impacted the Truslow Rd. area. CERT members...
08/05/2021

Last Thursday, CERT was activated in response to a severe weather event that impacted the Truslow Rd. area. CERT members assisted Fire & Rescue units by surveying affected streets, reporting damage, helping residents, and providing support to incident command.

Some residents were displaced due to storm damage, which highlights the importance of having a family emergency plan and kit in case you have to evacuate your home. You can find more resources here: www.ready.gov/plan

Last Thursday, CERT was activated in response to a severe weather event that impacted the Truslow Rd. area. CERT members assisted Fire & Rescue units by surveying affected streets, reporting damage, helping residents, and providing support to incident command.

Some residents were displaced due to storm damage, which highlights the importance of having a family emergency plan and kit in case you have to evacuate your home. You can find more resources here: www.ready.gov/plan

Stafford County CERT Basic Course – Fall 2021 Course begins on September 25 (Register by September 12)REGISTER NOW!
07/14/2021

Stafford County CERT Basic Course – Fall 2021
Course begins on September 25 (Register by September 12)
REGISTER NOW!

Stafford County CERT Basic Course – Fall 2021
Course begins on September 25 (Register by September 12)
REGISTER NOW!

Good advice from the SCSO, arrive safely to your destination!!
07/07/2021

Good advice from the SCSO, arrive safely to your destination!!

K9 Ruby is reminding you that if you plan on picking up your set of keys and heading out on the roads today, please obey posted speed limits and put your phone down!

Yesterday, CERT responded to a structure fire in the 400 block of Potomac Hills Rd. to support SCFR units. CERT members ...
06/29/2021

Yesterday, CERT responded to a structure fire in the 400 block of Potomac Hills Rd. to support SCFR units. CERT members assisted with firefighter rehab and provided survivor assistance to displaced residents.

It's that time of year to think about Hurricanes and review your emergency plan for your Family.  Also identify shelters...
06/02/2021

It's that time of year to think about Hurricanes and review your emergency plan for your Family. Also identify shelters in your area and update your preparedness kits!!

Today, June 1st, marks the start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is predicting another above-normal Atlantic hurricane season. Forecasters predict a 60% chance of an above-normal season, a 30% chance of a near-normal season, and a 10% chance of a below-normal season.

Now is the time to prepare. For more information visit https://www.vaemergency.gov/hurricanes/

The Stafford County Fire and Rescue’s Emergency Management Division and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) receive...
04/27/2021

The Stafford County Fire and Rescue’s Emergency Management Division and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) received the James A. Nogle Jr. Trophy last month. The trophy, presented on behalf of Gov. Ralph Northam, recognizes EMS providers and organizations across the state for excellence and dedication to community service. A group of the CERT members were recognized by SC Fire & Rescue Chief during a Stafford Co. Board of Supervisors at a meeting last week for this accomplishment.

The Stafford County Fire and Rescue’s Emergency Management Division and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) received the James A. Nogle Jr. Trophy last month. The trophy, presented on behalf of Gov. Ralph Northam, recognizes EMS providers and organizations across the state for excellence and dedication to community service. A group of the CERT members were recognized by SC Fire & Rescue Chief during a Stafford Co. Board of Supervisors at a meeting last week for this accomplishment.

Make this week a good time to clean out from under your sink or the utility room closet.  Prepare, Prevent, & Protect!!!
03/24/2021

Make this week a good time to clean out from under your sink or the utility room closet. Prepare, Prevent, & Protect!!!

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, many households are storing more hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies than they have in the past, be sure to keep these out of reach of curious young children. House hold cleaning products accounted for more than 6% of calls to Virginia poison centers in 2019.

With the rain last night and the continue steady rains today, BE ALERT for flooding in and around Stafford Co.  Remember...
03/18/2021

With the rain last night and the continue steady rains today, BE ALERT for flooding in and around Stafford Co. Remember: turn around, don't drown!!!

Heavy rain is expected to role into our area late tonight and throughout the day tomorrow. Please keep in mind there are several roads in our area that flood frequently. Remember: turn around, don't drown!

02/17/2021
511Virginia.org

From the VA Department of Emergency Management:

PREPARE this Evening for the significant ICING, snow, and sleet expected for Thursday❗️ Unfortunately, this storm is expected to impact the area's hardest hit from the last storm. 🧊

Once again, widespread power outages, significant tree damage, and travel disruptions are expected. Forecasts can change quickly. Continue to monitor the forecast for your area and sign-up for alerts and warnings! Have multiple ways to get information, such as mobile apps, TV, radio, social media, family, etc.) 📱

Charge your devices! Take inventory of what you need that relies on electricity, especially for medical reasons. 🔌

Restock your emergency supply kits with bottled water, nonperishable food, flashlights, extra batteries, blankets, portable phone chargers, and other needs specific to your family. 🔋

Prepare your home. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing; keep out the cold with insulation, caulking, and weather stripping; and install and test smoke alarms and CO detectors with battery backups. 🏡

If travel is essential, make sure your car is prepared. Keep an emergency supply kit in your car. Include jumper cables, flares, ice scraper, blanket, phone charger, map, masks, soap, sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, cat litter, or sand. 🎒

Once again, we STRONGLY encourage you to stay home once the winter weather starts. But if travel is essential, please follow these driving safety tips: Know before you go by checking 511virginia.org; give yourself more time; slow down; increase your following distance; avoid using cruise control, and don't crowd the plows. 🚗

Bring your pets inside. They get cold, too! 🐶

If you’re using portable heaters, know how to safely use them: https://bit.ly/3dmMYKc. Keep the heaters at least 3 feet away from anything that can burn, including people. 🔥

In case you lose power, know how to safely use a portable generator: https://bit.ly/3dmMYKc. Never use a portable generator in your home or garage. Keep them at least 20 feet away from windows, doors, and vents. ‼️

If you lose power, unplug electronics and appliances, don’t use a gas stove to heat your home, and keep your refrigerator and freezer closed. Don't use candles for emergency lighting. Instead, use flashlights. 🔦

Here are tips to stay warm when the power is out: https://bit.ly/2Ngdomb.

More safety and preparedness tips can be found at:
➡️ vaemergency.gov/winter-weather
➡️ ready.gov/winter-weather
➡️ weather.gov/winter

(For relevant winter safety social media graphics that you can share with your followers and friends, please visit this thread: https://bit.ly/37mbIyD)

#VaWx #GetReadyVA #WinterSafeVA #WinterSafety #FireSafety #WeatherReady #IceStorm2021

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02/12/2021

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With a fresh blanket of snow across our area, please remember to:

-avoid travel unless necessary
-if you must travel, take it slow on slick roads and leave extra time for travel
-take it easy when shoveling and take breaks as necessary
-make sure you have a working smoke alarm and carbon monoxide (CO) alarm in your home if you plan on heating your home with a wood stove, fireplace or gas heat
-if you have a fire hydrant on or near your property, please help us by clearing it off
-use caution when walking on snow or ice covered surfaces

01/29/2021

GET READY. From the NWS, WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT. The Fredericksburg and Stafford area could get up to 6 inches of snow by late Sunday afternoon/evening.

• Travel could be very difficult
• Gas up your vehicle if needed
• Check on your Neighbor
• Continue to monitor your local weather
• Don’t forget to take care of your Pets!

01/23/2021

Good advice on dining out during these tough times!

Today is the first of many winter weather storms. Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and hig...
12/16/2020

Today is the first of many winter weather storms. Winter storms can bring extreme cold, freezing rain, snow, ice and high winds. Conditions can create a higher risk of car accidents, hypothermia, frostbite, electrical fires and even heart attacks from overexertion. They can knock out heat, power and communication services. Here are some measures you and your Family can take:
• Preparing your home to keep out the cold with insulation. Learn how to keep pipes from freezing. Install and test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors with battery backups.
• Know your winter weather terms and paying attention to weather reports and warnings of freezing weather and winter storms.
• Gather supplies in case you need to stay home for several days without power. Keep in mind each person’s specific needs, including medication. Remember the needs of your pets.
• Sign up for your community’s warning system. Please visit: https://staffordcountyva.gov/AlertCenter.aspx
• Create an emergency supply kit for your car. Include jumper cables, sand, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, bottled water and non-perishable snacks. Keep a full tank of gas and, if possible, have a professional check your battery, anti-freeze and cooling system. Refer to the picture below.

Beyond COVID-19, common holiday practices such as cooking, decorating, and travel can present increased risks related to...
12/03/2020

Beyond COVID-19, common holiday practices such as cooking, decorating, and travel can present increased risks related to health and safety. Here are some simple safety tips you should keep in mind as we enter the Christmas holiday season:

• Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections.
• Turn off holiday lights at night or when you leave the house.
Keep lit candles away from decorations and other
things that can burn.
• Keep lit candles away from decorations and other things that can burn.
• Never leave a burning candle alone.
• Consider using battery-operated, flameless candles.
• Keep your tree watered, don’t let your holiday tree dry out.
• Be sure to test all smoke alarms once a month and replace smoke alarm batteries at least annually.
• Make a communications plan with your family and friends while you’re together during the holidays.

For more information, please visit:
https://www.nfpa.org/-/media/Files/Public-Education/Resources/Safety-tip-sheets/Winter_Holiday_Safety.pdf

CERT was out yesterday providing support for the Rappahannock Health District who were providing COVID-19 testing at MW ...
11/10/2020

CERT was out yesterday providing support for the Rappahannock Health District who were providing COVID-19 testing at MW Hospital in Stafford. The next FREE testing in November 18th!!

Congratulations to the 12 people that completed the Stafford CERT Basic Course this afternoon.  Their over 20 hrs of tra...
10/04/2020

Congratulations to the 12 people that completed the Stafford CERT Basic Course this afternoon. Their over 20 hrs of training wrap up with some hands-on training at the SCFR Training Center.
Great job & welcome to the Team!!!

Teach Youth About Preparedness and encourage your kids to start building good money habits. Saving a little bit at a tim...
09/25/2020
Financial Preparedness | Ready.gov

Teach Youth About Preparedness and encourage your kids to start building good money habits. Saving a little bit at a time helps them be prepared for all kinds of emergencies. Just visit: https://www.ready.gov/financial-preparedness

Financial Preparedness Tips Americans at all income levels have experienced the challenges of rebuilding their lives after a disaster or other emergency. In these stressful times, having access to personal financial, insurance, medical and other records is crucial for starting the recovery process q...

As NPM continues, take the time now and talk with your children to reassure them that things will be okay during a disas...
09/24/2020
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As NPM continues, take the time now and talk with your children to reassure them that things will be okay during a disaster. Make family preparedness a fun annual event!!!

Are you ready? These games will test your know-how in a wide range of emergencies and teach you how to build the emergency kit. Play Disaster Master and Build a Kit online and order the Ready 2 Help card game today.   Play Now   Disaster Master Game Step into the heart of the action and help the t...

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High pressure moving east of the region will result in mainly dry and milder temperatures Monday. A strong cold front will then cross the region Tuesday with some rain, which will likely end as a brief period of snow/ice with rapidly falling temperatures. Near record cold along with windy conditions follow Tuesday night and Wednesday as wind chills drop into the single digits. Temperatures will remain well below normal on Thursday, but with much less wind. A brief moderation likely occurs by Friday, but another cold front should allow cold weather to return by Saturday.
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