CERT Con 2017

National Capital Region Community Emergency Response Team Conference (CERT Con) is on!

We are excited to bring a host of basic refresher and advanced emergency management seminars and speakers to invigorate, educate, and innovate your preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery to any natural or man-made disaster.

When a major disaster strikes, emergency professionals are often unable to reach a scene for several hours or even days. Are you prepared for your next disaster?

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Presented by


Kenneth Greenhouse

Prince George’s County Radio Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Greenhouse serves as the volunteer Prince George’s County Radio Officer responsible for the organization and deployment of the Prince George’s County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). With a background in both private sector and military communications, he is a licensed amateur radio operator, call sign KB3IIE, and a member of Prince George’s County CERT. He is a member of the American Legion Post 275 Amateur Radio Team (N3TAL), which disseminates pertinent information concerning Veteran Affairs and activities from all the posts in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC area. Greenhouse is a regular at the Prince George's County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) quarterly ARES Emergency Preparedness Coalition Drills.

June Gravitte


Days End Farm Horse Rescue

June Gravitte has been actively involved in animal welfare in the DC/Baltimore area for over 25 years. As a volunteer for local Basset Hounds rescues, she helped rescue and rehabilitate the breed in the Mid-Atlantic. In 2005, she deployed to Slidell, Louisiana with Noah's Wish to help the animals affected by Hurricane Katrina. After receiving CERT training in 2006 in Prince George's County, she advocated planning and preparing for animals that could be affected by disasters both locally and at the Maryland state level while continuing to deploy to disasters to help animals with Noah's Wish. Since retiring in 2013 as a Systems Engineer, she has devoted most of her volunteer efforts helping Days End Farm Horse Rescue with their work in rescuing and rehabilitating neglected horses.

Ronald E. Gill

Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management

Gill is the Director of Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management. During his 25 years of dedicated service with DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department (DCFD), he has steadily ascended through the ranks to Deputy Fire Chief of Special Operations/Homeland Security, where he directed DCFD’s interactions with Federal, State, and local partners during all planned special events within the Nation’s Capital, oversaw the Fleet Management Division and served as DC’s first National Incident Management System (NIMS) Compliance Officer. Gill obtained his BS of Fire Science from University of the District of Columbia, and MS in Management from Johns Hopkins University. He is also a 2007 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Emergency Training Center and is pursuing a PhD in Fire and Emergency Management from Oklahoma State University.

Joshua D. Fowler, Jr.

Department of Homeland Security

Fowler is a Security Specialist and Federal Police Officer with Customs and Border Protections (CPB), Office of Field Testing Division, Office of Intelligence within the Department of Homeland Security. He is responsible for conducting tests, “Red Teaming” of CBP screening procedures conducted on US borders, internal Border Patrol checkpoints and international airports. A retired US Air Force veteran with 28 years of military and federal law enforcement experience, Fowler was an Antiterrorism Officer with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency and a member of the protection detail for two Secretaries of Defense. Fowler is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Joint Counter-intelligence Training Academy and a distinguished honor graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers Uniformed Police Training Program. He is a native of Brooklyn, New York and obtained his MBA from Strayer University in Washington DC.

Michelle A. Ezeofor

Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management

Ezeofor is currently employed as a Regional Planner and serves as a Public Information Specialist for the Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Ezeofor began her studies and training in fire and emergency medical services in 2001. She has been an active volunteer Firefighter/EMT for over sixteen years. Aside from working in public safety, Ezeofor has experience in education, healthcare, and public health. Ezeofor earned a MS in Emergency Management from University of Maryland University College.

Scott Dunn

Senior Fire Life Safety Officer

Washington Metro Area Transportation Authority

Dunn is a Senior Fire Life Safety Officer, and subject matter expert on the rail system and train cars, with the Metro Transit Police Office of Emergency Management, Washington Metro Area Transportation Authority (WMATA). After 27 years of service as a Metro Transit Police Officer, he retired and remained on staff with the Transit Police as a member of the Office of Emergency Management. He has been with WMATA for over 35 years. Dunn has also taught Criminal Justice at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland. He has a BA from University of Maryland in Law Enforcement and MA from Hood College in Social Sciences.

Tonie R. Davis, III

Mayer Brown LLP

Davis has been an active volunteer with Prince George’s County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) since 2004. He was the President of the CERT Council and Master of Ceremonies for CERT CON 2014. He became an Amateur Radio Operator in 2007, graduated from Prince George’s County Citizens Police Academy in 2011, achieved National Association for Search and Rescue-SAR Tech-II Certification and became a FEMA Certified Trainer in 2011. Davis has been recognized for his emergency preparedness contributions by the Points of Light Institute with a Daily Point of Light Award and the Prince George’s County Volunteer Center as Volunteer of the Year in 2010. Davis is currently the Operations Manager at Mayer Brown LLP where he oversees operations and contributes to emergency management procedures for over 1500 lawyers in 24 cities across the world.

Vivian Cooper

City of College Park Animal Control

Cooper has served as the Animal Control Officer for the City of College Park, for the past seven years. With nine years in the veterinary medicine field and nearly 20 years with various animal welfare and rescue organizations, she works as a part-time veterinarian technician with Family Veterinary Clinic in Gambrills, Maryland. Cooper is a member of the National Animal Care and Control Association (NACA) and has attended their Disaster Response Boot Camp. Previously, she was with Veterinary Tactical Group as an assistant instructor, presenting pre-hospital care for working dogs. Cooper is also a member with Professional Animal Workers of Maryland and Treasurer with Companion Animal Rescue Alliance. She holds a BA in English and is working toward her AD in Veterinary Technology.

Brindisi Chan

Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management

Chan is a Community Outreach Educator/Marketing Specialist at Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Prior to Prince George’s OEM, she was a marketing manager at a social media, marketing and PR software company and former chair of the Social Media Marketing Forum for the Chesapeake Regional Technology Council. Chan also spent time with Special Olympics International as a manager for the Marketing Resource Development Division. Chan is active in her community as a Security Chair for her neighborhood and part of the PGPD District VI Citizen Advisory Council. She speaks nationally on leadership, teamwork, social media, and the differences between Millennials and other generations in volunteer recruitment.

Dr. Ivan Cephas, PharmD

Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Cephas is the Associate Chief, Clinical Pharmacy Services at the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). He is a graduate of Florida A&M University’s College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. After college, Cephas completed his postgraduate training (PGY1) at the VAMC in Washington DC, where he also served as the Residency Program Director for approximately 10 years. He was formerly the founding Executive Director and Chief Administrator for CMS Health Initiatives, a pharmacist-run health education non-profit organization focused in HIV. Additionally, he was the Infectious Disease pharmacist at the VAMC for approximately eight years.

Dr. Dwayne L. Buckingham, PhD

R.E.A.L. Horizons Consulting Solutions

Buckingham is President and CEO of R.E.A.L. Horizons Consulting Solutions. Over the past 19 years, Dr. Buckingham has provided consulting, psychological assessments, psychotherapy and psycho-educational training to over 30,000 individuals, couples, groups, families and corporate leaders worldwide. As a United States Air Force veteran, Buckingham received nine Commendation medals, a National Defense Service Medal, a Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and five Achievement Medals. He holds a BSW in Social Work from Jackson State University, a MSW in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University, a PhD in Human Services from Capella University and is Board Certified by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work.

Crystal Bright

Mayor's Office of Emergency Management in Baltimore City

Bright is the Deputy Director of Preparedness at the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management in Baltimore City. She has been in public service since 2004 with nine years at the City Health Department. Bright is a certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B) since 2000. Bright has an AA in General Studies from the Community College of Baltimore County and is currently enrolled at Towson University for Communication Studies and Political Science. Bright completed her CERT training in 2014 and recently became a certified CERT instructor.

Samantha Brann

Arlington County Dept. of Public Safety Communications & Emergency Management

Brann currently serves as Deputy Coordinator with the Arlington County Department of Public Safety Communications and Emergency Management. She has over a decade of experience in public health, emergency preparedness and response, and emergency management. While volunteering for Hurricane Katrina recovery efforts, Brann founded Grassroots Volunteer Network, a 501(c)3 disaster response organization. Since 2005, she has continued to volunteer to support disaster recovery efforts throughout the US and internationally.

Paul Bowling

Anne Arundel-Annapolis CERT

Bowling is a Physician Assistant for University of Maryland, Shock Trauma Associates at University of Maryland-Prince George’s Hospital Center. Bowling is also an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at The George Washington University. He has been involved in emergency medicine, trauma and critical care for over 38 years. In addition to teaching medicine he is also a CERT Train the Trainer for both the Basic CERT course as well as the CERT Instructor’s Course. He began his career as an EMT, EMT-Paramedic, EMT Paramedic instructor and is currently working towards a MS in Emergency and Disaster Management with the goal of hanging up the stethoscope and working in healthcare Emergency Management. Paul is actively involved in Anne Arundel-Annapolis CERT where he serves as President.

Roland Berg

Prince George’s County Office of Emergency Management

Berg is the Training and Exercise Officer at Prince George’s County Office of Homeland Security, Office of Emergency Management (OEM). He coordinates the emergency preparedness training program for Prince George’s County, educating various groups including county employees, federal and state partners on a wide range of emergency preparedness topics. Prior to joining Prince George’s OEM, he spent a total of 31 years in the Prince George’s County Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department as a volunteer and then as a career member, finally retiring as a Captain. He holds a BS in Biology from James Madison University and a MS in Management-Emergency Management from University of Maryland University College

Kathy Awkard

Maryland Emergency Response System

Awkard is the Training Coordinator with the Maryland Emergency Response System providing training development and support to law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services, emergency management, public health and hospitals in Prince George's and Montgomery Counties. Previously Awkard was a Nursing Skills and Simulation Lab Instructor at Montgomery College where she worked on mass casualty simulations. During her time at Montgomery College, she became a member of Maryland Responds and subsequently joined both Montgomery and Prince George's County CERT. Awkard has an AA in Nursing, a BA in Communication & Philosophy, and a Juris Doctorate. When not working, she is a basketball official with Special Olympics Maryland and a volunteer nurse with Camp Aranu'tiq and Youth Haven Camps which serve special, vulnerable populations.

Emily Allen

Maryland Emergency Management Agency

Allen is the Digital Engagement Coordinator for the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA). Her responsibilities include creating, updating, and monitoring social media content, graphic, audio/visual designs, and developing outreach campaigns that are visible on all of MEMA’s social media accounts. She also creates and edits video content for the Agency. During the 2015 Baltimore Civil Unrest, Emily used social media and geo-location to assist law enforcement, the Governor’s office, and MEMA staff, with situational awareness and public safety.



Charles Herbert Flowers High School, 10001 Ardwick Ardmore Rd., Springdale, MD 20774

www1.pgcps.org/charleshflowers/   |   (301) 636-8000



  1. 09:00 AM - 09:55 AM : Opening Session

    Welcome from Director Ronnie E. Gill

    Presentation of the Colors by Flowers Hill High School Air Force Junior ROTC

    Pledge of Allegiance

    Welcome from Director Gevonia R. Whittington

    Welcome from Deputy Chief Administrative Office Mark E. Magaw

    Keynote Speaker: MaryAnn Tierney, FEMA Region III Director

  2. 10:00 AM - Session 1

    FEMA and CERT Activation (Auditorium)

    Active Shooter Response Training (Science Tech Lecture)

    Case Study: Derecho (Blackbox)

    Managing Animals During Disasters (Lecture Hall)

    Bystander Care (Rehearsal Room)

    Stop the Bleed (Inova T. Center)



  3. 11:00 AM - Session 2

    Terrorist Activity Recognition & Reaction (Auditorium)

    Discovering Psychological Peace (Science Tech Lecture)

    Keeping Water Safe, Secure and Available (Blackbox)

    Amtrak and Passenger Rail Emergency Preparedness (Lecture Hall)

    Career Panel (Rehearsal Room)

    Stop the Bleed (Inova T. Center)


  4. 12:00 PM - Lunch
  5. 13:00 PM - Session 3

    CERT Leadership Trust – The Secret to Leading Volunteers (Auditorium)

    InCERT Yourself into Social Media (Science Tech Lecture)

    Flooding and Disaster Operations (Blackbox)

    Amtrak and Passenger Rail Emergency Preparedness (Lecture Hall)

    Duct Tape: From Patient Care to Command (Rehearsal Room)

    Stop the Bleed (Inova T. Center)

  6. 14:00 PM - Session 4

    Bystander CAre (Auditorium)

    Active Shooter Response Training (Science Tech Lecture)

    Safely Handling Animals Under Stress (Blackbox)

    Recognize and Respond to Those with Developmental Disabilities (Lecture Hall)

    Forming Activities to Create an Effective CERT (Rehearsal Hall)

    Stop the Bleed (Inova T. Center)

  7. 15:00 PM - 15:20 PM : Afternoon Break
  8. 15:20 PM - Session 5

    Virtual Emergency  Response Team (Auditorium)

    Developing a Community Animal Response Team (Science Tech Lecture)

    CDC’s National Strategic Stockpile (Blackbox)

    I Want to Help Supporting Recovery Efforts (Lecture Hall)

    Forming Activities to Create an Effective CERT (Rehearsal Room)

    Stop the Bleed (Inova T. Center)

    Extreme Event Game with National Academy of Sciences (2-hour interactive role-playing game) (Cafeteria)

  9. 16:20 PM - Session 6

    CERT Leadership Trust – The Secret to Leading Volunteers (Auditorium)

    Terrorist Activity Recognition and Reaction (Science Tech Lecture)

    Spot a Stroke  / OEM App / Drone Operations around the Capital (Blackbox)

    Metro Emergency Guide (Lecture Hall)

    Overcoming Challenges for People with Disabilities (Rehearsal Room)

    Stop the Bleed (Inova T. Center)

    Extreme Event Game (Continued) (Cafeteria)

  1. 09:00 AM - 09:55 AM : Welcome, Opening Remarks and Keynote Speaker

    Keynote Speaker: Nyla Howell, FEMA Youth Preparedness Council

  2. 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM : Emergency Chef: Emergency Kit Cook-Off!

    Presented by Samantha Brann (Arlington County OEM)

    What kind of meal can you make using supplies from your emergency pantry and no power or heat? With limited items in your reach, your team of eight will be challenged to create a breakfast/snack, meal entrée and dessert before the time runs out!

    Your team will be judged on the taste of the food prepared, presentation of the meal, and creativity in the use of ingredients. Bonus points for healthy too! A panel of judges will name this year’s Emergency Chef!

    Location: Cafeteria

  3. 10:00 AM - 14:00 PM : Everything Duct Tape!

    Presented by Missy Tuttle and Anita Vander Merwe (Fairfax County CERT)

    Participate in a hands-on interactive workshop introducing the preparedness mindset, creative use of duct tape, improvised pressure dressings and how to package a short length of duct tape in a handy way so you can always be ready with some duct tape in your pocket, purse, or backpack. Bring your ideas for applications in the preparedness and disaster environment!

    Location: Room 101

    1-hour break for lunch

  4. 10:00 AM - 14:00 PM : First Aid Tips and Tricks to Get Your Pet Through an Emergency

    Presented by Dr. Sherry Seibel (Seibel Veterinary)

    Did you know you can perform CPR on your dog? Where do you start? Learn Canine CPR-A Hands on Approach. What’s in your pet emergency go pack? Is there a pet first aid kit included?

    Did you know you can use pantyhose, newspapers and sticks for THAT? Or how to make a muzzle, bandage or splint out of everyday items.

    Location: Room 122

    1-hour break for lunch

  5. 10:00 AM - 14:00 PM : Hands Only CPR and AED with PulsePoint app

    Presnted by Jorge Paucar (Prince George’s Fire/EMS Department)

    Save a life two hands at time! Learn compression only CPR. With only your hands, decrease the amount of time it takes to start CPR. You will learn how to use your surroundings to save lives.

    What’s inside that AED bag? What’s an AED? Don’t be afraid of an Automatic Electronic Defibrillators- it’s a life-saving machine.  We will also introduce the PulsePoint app, new technology to save lives from your phone. And a CPR Challenge: Just because you are CERTIFIED in CPR doesn’t mean you know everything. We will ask you questions you didn’t even know you knew and please ask us questions too! Habla espanol. Spanish is included in our training of CPR, AED and more!

    Take a couple minutes to learn these life-saving techniques. It can save a life and it might be yours!

    Location: Black Box Theatre

    1-hour break for lunch

  6. 10:00 AM - 14:00 PM : Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Drones

    Presented by Kenneth Greenhouse and Douglas Lindsey (Prince George’s County ARES)

    Prince George’s County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) provides volunteer emergency communication support available to federal, state, county and local governments. Amateur Radio operators set up and operate organized communication networks locally for governmental and emergency officials, as well as non-commercial communication for private citizens affected by the disaster. Stop by this workshop to hear about what these talented folks can do, check out their equipment and how the use of amateur radio and drones can help in disaster response and recovery.

    Location: Room 123

    1-hour break for lunch

  7. 10:00 AM - 13:30 PM : SMART Triage

    Presented by Paul Bowling (Anne Arundel-Annapolis CERT)

    6 30-minute sessions, pre-registration required. Waitlist in person only.

    “Do the most good for the most number of people.” We hear this over and over during our CERT training. When faced with a Mass Casualty Incident (MCI) how can we sort the victims in order to fulfill that edict? We triage (sort) using START (Simple Triage and Rapid Treatment). Using START, we can assess and treat life threating emergencies quickly and efficiently. During this session, participants will have the opportunity to practice START in a tabletop exercise. The participants will sort patients as described on cards with injects from the facilitator.

    30 minute sessions, pre-registration required. Wait list in person only.

    Location: Lecture Hall

  8. 10:00 AM - 14:00 PM : Splint Workshop and Tourniquet Workshop

    Presented by Kathy Awkard (Maryland-National Capital Region Emergency Response System)

    You’ve watched enough Gray’s Anatomy, ER, 24 and other hit TV shows where characters use splints and tourniquets in their everyday dramatic adventures. But what is it like to use them for real?

    Identify the situations where you would use a splint or a tourniquet or both, and how to properly apply a tourniquet or splint! What every day items can you use in case you don’t have these medical items handy?

    Location: Classrooms 123 & 103

  9. 10:00 AM - 14:00 PM : Vehicle Showcase and Demonstrations

    Visit the side parking lot to view the Vehicles Showcase. We will have emergency and public safety vehicles, CERT and CART trailers, a mobile veterinary unit, and more. Who knows what vehicle you will find there. We will also have drone and K-9 demonstrations throughout the morning.

    Location: Side Parking Lot

  10. 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM : Basic Map Reading and Compass Navigation

    What’s an azimuth? Azi-what! Today’s digital reliance on GPS navigation has all but relegated compass and map use to hardcore outdoor enthusiasts, orienteering clubs, and geography buffs. But what if you’re lost without a cell signal or no more battery life? Knowing the basics of both compass and map use not only provide backup navigation if you’re deep in the wilderness, but they also offer a fun and refreshingly simple way to navigate. Polish your map reading skills and practice the following navigational tips next time you’re hiking or orienteering through your favorite natural area. After this class you will be able to get to any location desired.  Learn these basics of

    • map orientation: true north vs magnetic north
    • topography on the average map (land, water, rivers, elevations, distances, roads, airports, schools, etc.)
    • how to shoot an azimuth

    Location: Room 103

  11. 12:30 PM - 14:00 PM : Moulage Party!

    Presented by Maria Hardy (Serve DC), David Steel and Kristen Wear (Montgomery County CERT)

    When do you apply Thick Blood versus Fresh Scab? It’s been a burning question for ages!

    Derived from the French word for casting or molding, moulage is art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training Emergency Response Teams and other medical and military personnel. During the Moulage Party, disaster simulation victim volunteers will be moulaged with a variety of injuries consistent with our scenario. Moulage experts will lead the workshop, applying realistic wounds as well as demonstrating techniques on how to make them look true to life. Open to all. Volunteer victims must be able to stay for the disaster simulation starting at 2:00pm on Sunday.

    Location: Multi-Purpose Room

  12. 14:00 PM - 16:00 PM : Disaster Simulation


    Presented by Roland D. Berg and James Morrow (Prince George’s County OEM)


    What happened?! There is debris everywhere. Charles Herbert Flowers High School has sustained heavy structural damage. There are reports of people trapped and injured within the school. CERT has been activated. What will they find at the scene? Join the simulations and find out.


    Pre-registration required for CERT responders and volunteer victims. Check with the Help Desk for sign-ups.

    Location: Cafeteria/Entire School


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