Anne Arundel County and City of Annapolis CERT Sounder
21 May 2012
CERT COORDINATOR POSITION
Anyone interested in filling the CERT Coordinator position may contact Karen Johnson
(CERT Program Manager). The CERT Coordinator assists the Program Manager in all
things concerning the CERT program in Anne Arundel County. The position is currently
open and needs to be filled as soon as possible.
CERT SOUNDER EDITOR POSITION
Anyone interested in assuming the duties of the CERT SOUNDER editor may contact
Karen Johnson (CERT Program Manager). The CERT SOUNDER is a link between the
OEM and CERT.
FUNCTIONAL NEEDS TEAM
James Martin is the Executive Director of the Accessible Resources for Independence
Center for Independent Living for the counties of Howard and Anne Arundel. The center
is located in Linthicum Heights. A current initiative of the Accessible Resources for
Independence Center for Independent Living is medical equipment reuse and recycle
program. The Medical Equipment-Reuse & Recycle Program by Accessible Resources
for Independence (ARI) will allow people with functional needs to gain access to
wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, walkers, toilet chairs, shower chairs, scooters and
other equipment. Medical Equipment will be donated to the organization by either
dropping off or arranging for it to be picked up. After that, ARI will clean, adjust, fix or
replace parts as needed, labeled and processed with its information stored on the
computer. Once this process is completed, information will be made available for public
use. Once a consumer seeks a particular piece of equipment, it can instantly be looked
up, found, and have the consumer pick it up or arrange to deliver that equipment.
Where necessary, ARI will train the consumer on all aspects of maintaining and use of
that particular piece of equipment. If needed, ARI will train the consumer on an obstacle
course with real life situations in a safe zone to gain experience operating that particular
piece of equipment.
While ARI will be accepting donated equipment, some medical equipment may
be purchased and stored for emergency/disaster sheltering and engagements.
Equipment like augmentative hearing & visual devices that assist people with hearing &
vision impairment to communicate & interact with shelter and other emergency/disaster
support personnel will be kept specifically for those events. These could be hearing
aids, vision enlargement devices, etc. that will be available at shelters to assist in
obtaining the "whole community" that we are all striving for during those times in need
for shelters. Other equipment could be special beds (for people that need IV's, for larger
people, adjustable,) oxygen generators, charging stations for electric wheelchairs, etc.
ARI will develop a "warehouse" of information regarding other medical equipment for
future use in the region to assist with possible needs in other areas to support state
needs. Keeping a "live" log of equipment up-to-date and where equipment is needed
may help in other events to handle underserved areas in other times of crisis. Medical
equipment will be tracked for demographics and information gathering to support the
"paper trails" needed to keep or obtain funding as necessary.
ARI with the support of the Citizens Corps Council, Anne Arundel County and
City of Annapolis Emergency Management, Community Emergency Response Teams
(CERTs) Functional Needs Committee will be looking to obtain the State Warehouse in
Jessup that is underutilized at this time to help support this program. The hope would be
that ARI could obtain this building and store/manage the program while creating a place
where training of responders, fire fighters, paramedics and police about functional
needs etiquette and sensitivity could be carried out with people from the functional
needs community with knowledge and understanding but also real time people with
functional needs providing feedback. Another educational piece would come from the
reverse training where people with functional needs could receive training on what to
expect and plan for during emergency/disaster events. Issues like preparing in advance
for a tropical storm or hurricane, the aspects of sheltering and what to expect, if you are
trying to ride out a storm and an emergency arises.... what they can expect to happen,
Tuesday June 8, 2012
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Anne Arundel County Fire Headquarters
8501 Veterans Highway
Millersville, MD 21108
VOLUNTEER MOBILIZATION CENTER TRAINING
Volunteers are needed to be trained in the morning session and in the afternoon to act
as spontaneous volunteers.
Saturday, June 2nd, 2012
10 AM - 3 PM
AA Community College
Contact Bill Crabbs at email@example.com for further information.
Saturday June 9th and Sunday 10th
To register go to http://2012certcon.eventbrite.com/
FEMA MOBILE APPLICATIONS
FEMA's mobile resources include a mobile website, smartphone app, and text
Mobile Website - m.fema.gov
The mobile website allows the public to easily access preparedness and disaster-
related information directly on their smartphone. The site also includes a registration
form that the public can fill out to apply for disaster assistance after a Presidential
FEMA APP (SMARTPHONE APP FOR MOBILE DEVICES)
The FEMA App contains disaster safety tips, interactive lists for storing your emergency
meeting location information, and a map with shelters and FEMA Disaster Recovery
Centers (DRCs). The app is free to download through your smart phone provider’s app
FEMA TEXT MESSAGES
Use your cell phone’s text messaging capability to receive text message updates from
FEMA. FEMA will never charge you for text message alerts, but carrier message and
data rates may apply. You should expect to receive periodic updates, the number of
which may increase during times of disaster.
FEMA will not use your phone number to track, reverse look up, or for any type of
commercial marketing. Your carrier may collect additional data elements, please see
their privacy policies for further details.
Here are basic commands to get started:
To signup to receive monthly preparedness tips: text PREPARE to 43362
To unsubscribe (at any time): text STOP to 43362 (4FEMA)
To get more information: text INFO to 43362 (4FEMA)
To search for Shelters or Disaster Recovery Centers (DRCs):
Text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA)
Before you go to a shelter, always check with your local emergency management
agency for availability & services.
Text DRC and a Zip Code to 43362 (4FEMA)
Searching for shelters or Disaster Recovery Centers will not add you to a list.
Think of it like doing a search on the Internet.
For further information go to: http://www.fema.gov/help/social_media.shtm
ONE YEAR AGO THIS WEEK
One year ago this week on the 23rd of May Joplin Missouri was struck by an F5
tornado. The following was posted on the City of Chesterfield CERT website the
following morning after the tornado struck Joplin. This is a stark reminder of what can
happen right here in Anne Arundel County. As a CERT member it is imperative that
YOU ARE PREPARED!!!
Joplin Tornado Relief
Posted on May 23, 2011 by Chesterfield CERT
Volunteers for Tornado Disaster should report to MSSU’s Recreation Center
A significant tornado came through the middle section of Joplin near 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 22nd. Many homes and
businesses have been affected, and Joplin Mayor Mike Woolston has declared a local disaster due to the damage of
this storm. The City is also working under a state disaster declaration.
Many people have contacted the City of Joplin to volunteer assistance to the victims of the storm. ALL citizen
volunteers should report to the Recreation Center at Missouri Southern State University. Volunteers’ services
are appreciated, but to be effective, will need to be coordinated through this centralized location. Citizens are
reminded that the American Red Cross, in cooperation with the City, has set up a shelter at Missouri Southern State
University in the Leggett & Platt Center.
The City and Joplin R-8 are coordinating transportation to help those left homeless due to tornado. People can go to
the following locations and a bus will take them to the shelter. People should go to:
1. Junge Stadium on 13th Street;
2. Forest Park Baptist Church, 7th & Range Line
3. Lowe’s 24th & Range Line
4. Vintage Stock, 32nd & Main.
Because of the severe damage to many buildings, people are advised to check with their schools and/or employers
about Monday’s schedule to learn if the facilities are open. Many places are affected and will be closed. This includes
Joplin Municipal Court and Joplin Public Schools.
The City has activated its Emergency Operations Center, and is working closely with American Red Cross,
emergency management services and medical personnel of numerous surrounding communities to assess the
damage and assist those hurt in this storm. We appreciate everyone’s patience, and ask if you do not have to be out
in the City to please stay home and help your neighbors and friends as needed.
[Source: City of Joplin - http://www.joplinmo.org/article.cfm?AID=966]