Mount Vernon District Disaster Recovery Training

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Community Collaboration for Community ResiliencyIn times of disaster, Fairfax County can’t recover without community partners and especially the partnership of Fairfax County houses of worship. Mount Vernon District faith communities, nonprofits, homeowner associations, PTA’s and other groups are invited to come together to receive important information and training.

  • Seminar: Thursday, Oct. 13 — The goal of the seminar is to connect neighbors and educate organizations about the disaster recovery efforts in Fairfax County and how each community partner can contribute to the process. Explore how local groups can form Community Resiliency Groups (CRGs) for their community’s recovery after a disaster. The Mount Vernon District faith communities will be an integral part of the CRGs, so you’ll want to appoint several key members to represent your congregation.
  • Exercise: Thursday, Nov. 3 — The Mount Vernon District community groups and houses of worship will meet again and practice how they will work together in response to a local disaster. This will be a facilitated table top exercise, designed by the FEMA National Exercise Program, that creates a simulated disaster environment where we test and practice the information acquired from the seminar.

Both events will be held at Bethlehem Baptist Church, 7836 Fordson Road, Alexandria and begin at 6 p.m. with dinner (free) followed by the seminar at 6:30 p.m. Ample time will be given for question and answer (Q&A) and discussion during the evening sessions. Both evenings will end at 8:30 p.m.

Register online at https:// Please advise us of any ADA accommodations needed or food requirements when you register. For any questions, call 703-324-7608, TTY 711.

CERT Training

Another training opportunity is available from the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training classes begin on Monday, Nov. 7, at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Academy. There are two sessions each week on Mondays and Wednesdays that run until Dec. 7. The class is 28 hours in length, plus the final practical exercise. Learn more on the Fire and Rescue blog.

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About Fairfax County Emergency Information

Official emergency information about preparedness, response and recovery from Fairfax County Government.