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Deaf, Hard of Hearing “Victims” Needed for Fairfax Co. CERT Exercise on June 30

CERT CON Exercise
June 30, 2013 - Call for Victim Volunteers 

NVRC Note: CERT has requested individuals who are deaf or have a hearing loss to participate as victims in this exercise so they can learn more about how best to help them in emergencies. Your participation will give CERT members more experience with the unique communication needs we have. You will also learn more about how to prepare for a real disaster, how to support our emergency responders.

Interested “victims” should RSVP to Kevin Mullins at

Sign language interpreters will be provided for the briefing and will be on hand throughout the exercise as needs arise. They will also be provided for debriefing at the end of the exercise.

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a system of training citizens to respond to large scale emergencies within their own neighborhood when the resources of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue system have been overwhelmed. These citizens are trained in the absence of a fire department response to mobilize and organize a rescue team for their community. CERT CON is a regional convention of CERT members gathered to train, refresh and learn new skills. CERT teams from Virginia, DC, Maryland Delaware and other areas will be attending.

We are in need of people to play the role of "victims" for this drill. As a victim you will be expected to play your role as realistically as possible.  You will receive "make-up" to show "wounds" and will have fake blood placed on your clothes. As such, please dress for the elements (we have the drill rain or shine) as you will be waiting outside to be found, in clothes that you can get very dirty, stained, and possibly even torn. You must wear long pants and closed end shoes, due to the location, we cannot make exceptions to this rule. Some of you may also be called upon to assist the rescuers in performing their duties. You may participate in any way you feel comfortable.

This is a very exciting opportunity to help your community. Live "victims" are essential to providing high quality training, and you'll learn quite a bit too! We'll even throw in lunch afterwards.

You need to arrive at the Lorton Prison Complex, Youth Facility, 9845 Furnace Road Lorton VA 22079 (also known as Landfill Drive) by 7:00 am. We’ll have signs posted on the roads to direct you too. The drill should be completed by no later than 1pm. We'll need you to participate for the entire time. However, if you need to leave early due to an emergency, just let a facilitator know so we can account for you. Due to limited parking, it is requested that you carpool as much as possible. You can use Google Map coordinates: 38.688709, -77.240732.

The schedule for the date usually goes something like this:

7:00 am (sharp) - Arrive and park. Check in. You'll be registered and your contact information taken. You'll be given a card with a set of "injuries" you are to act out. You'll start in the makeup process. While this doesn't take much time, there is a wait to get through. The lead instructor will give you a brief presentation on safety issues, what to expect, and what CERT is all about! This is a great time to sign up for a class!

7:30am – 8:30am - You'll be escorted to the area that you'll be "trapped" or laying.

9:00pm - The Drill begins. The rescuers will search, sort the victims by severity, extricate those that are trapped, and transport all victims to a treatment area.

NOON – Lunch, debrief, "thank-you" from the students and Victim checkout.

Adults are preferred, but CERT will gladly accept minors 15 years and older with signed parental consent (attached) with a full understanding of what's involved.    At checkout, those that would like them can receive a certificate signifying 6.5 hours of community service provided. Please give your name, phone number and E-mail address to the person who provided you with this request. Bring the attached form to the exercise.

REQUIREMENTS:  You must wear long pants and closed end shoes---no exceptions here! Also bring a water bottle for the exercise and a folding chair for lunch (put your name on your chair). Bring iPods, phones or any electrics may get wet or damaged so if you bring them be prepared to protect them.  Also wear sunscreen and bug repellent is recommended. 

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