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May 23, 2014 in Community News, Emergency Preparedness
05/19/2014 05:01 PM
FREDERICK, Md. – Frederick County, Maryland is the sixth county in the country to implement 911 texting through Verizon, according to local emergency officials. They say they pushed to become one of the first last year and now the four major wireless carriers in the Country made the feature available.
“The Maryland School for the Deaf is located in Fredrick. We have a large population of deaf and hearing impaired so we’ve felt everyone needs access to 911, so we’ve been very proactive and been pushing to be a leader in texting 911 to allow everyone that direct access to 911,” said Chip Jewell, director of Frederick County emergency communications.
The Federal Communications Commission said they hope to expand the program once it’s been tested in places like Frederick County. Chip Jewell said he believes the texting systems should be available on all four major wireless carriers by the end of next year.
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January 30, 2014 in Emergency Preparedness
Community Emergency Response Team
(CERT) Training Seminar
A free two-day Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Training Seminar for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Community will be provided at Gallaudet University. The training seminar will take place on March 5 – 6, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. This event is sponsored and hosted by the CERT, the DC government, Gallaudet University, and Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Government (DHHIG). To view the flyer for more information, please click here.Please note that Deaf and Hard of Hearing Individuals who live or work in Washington, D.C. are eligible to attend. If you do not meet one of the two criteria, then you are not able to participate in this training seminar. Furthermore, if you register to attend, you are expected to show up to both days of the CERT training seminar, not just one.
The deadline to register is February 7, 2014. The training seminar will be limited to 60 people, so registration will be on first-come, first-serve basis. All participants who complete the two-day training will receive free backpacks!
To register, please click here.
**ASL interpreters will be provided at the CERT training seminar. Additional accommodations can be provided upon request.
August 9, 2013 in Community Events, Emergency Preparedness
Fairfax County Offers Three CERT Classes Offered This Fall
When emergencies happen, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members can give critical support to first responders, provide immediate assistance to victims, and organize spontaneous volunteers at a disaster site. CERT members can also help with non-emergency projects that help improve the preparedness and safety of the community.Fairfax County is offering three CERT basic training classes this fall.
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