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San Mateo Silver Dragon 8 Group Photo

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American Red Cross Disaster Workshop April 22

The San Mateo AAA office is sponsoring a FREE American Red Cross disaster preparedness workshop on April 22. Information flyer is here.

Silver Dragon 8 Exercise Photos Available

Under perfect weather and nice flat neighborhoods, the Silver Dragon 8 exercise was conducted to the satisfaction of almost all who participated.  Belmont members formed teams with folks from San Mateo, Foster City to carry out the exercise goals.  Go to our CERT Photo Album and hopefully find yourself in a picture or two.
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Belmont CERT Meeting Photos

Photos from the April meeting of Belmont CERT team has been posted to the CERT Photo Album (use link on right side of page).  Photos include the briefing charts for Silver Dragon and the tour of the Belmont Mobile Command Post.

A big welcome to Sandra and Matt, our two newest members.  Also thanks to Tim for providing these cool laser etched keychains, way cool!
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Silver Dragon Exercise this Thursday!

It’s almost that time again!  Looking forward to seeing familiar faces and meeting new CERT’s during this year’s Silver Dragon exercise.  Photos from previous exercises can be seen on the CERT Photo Album.  I wonder what color this year’s logo will be?
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March CERT Skills Day Photos

Many thanks to Sanya Lu for providing photo coverage of the recently completed Skills Day training for Redwood City/San Carlos CERT.  They are now available on the CERT Photo Album page.  See some samples below.CERT, Redwood City, skills day 2014_ IMG_8566_SL 2014_ IMG_8536_SL CERT, Redwood City, skills day

Belmont March CERT Meeting

As promised, the San Mateo County Coroner came to speak to a combined CERT audience at Belmont City Hall last month.  Photos of most of his presentation are available in the CERT Photo Album.  CERT members from neighboring cities were also invited to attend which led to the change of location to fit the bigger crowd.
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Disaster Preparedness & Free Shipping?

How many of us shop on Amazon.com and try to group enough items to qualify for free shipping?  With Amazon’s recent increase of the free shipping quota to $35, some may find it harder to get the free shipping.  One tip is to add preparedness items to your order.

On my last order, I added a packet of Mainstay emergency food bars.  These are my preferred long term food item, they have a five year shelf life, require no cooking or water, and taste pretty decent (like a lemon shortbread cookie).  One package has nine bars and costs around $10.  Three bars a day is enough to survive on so one package is a three day supply for one person.
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March 31 is World Backup Day

Yesterday, March 31, was World Backup Day, an initiative to raise awareness about data loss. World Backup Day is a day for people to learn about the increasing role of data in our lives and the importance of regular backups. 

A backup is a second copy of all your important files — for example, your family photos, home videos, documents and emails.  Instead of storing it all in one place (like your computer), you keep another copy of everything somewhere safe.

This is another form of disaster preparedness, one that may be more likely to happen to you than that big earthquake we’re normally so worried about.  I have a 3TB drive connected to my home computer backing data on a daily basis.  For more security, one can back data up to a cloud service or a portable hard drive stored somewhere outside the home (in case you lose your home in a disaster)

GLO-TOOB Introduction

I recently read some reviews online about a LED lighting device called a GLO-TOOB and was intrigued enough to buy one for myself ($20 Amazon).  This is another alternative to the one-time use chemical light sticks. The GLO-TOOB is a rugged waterproof housing that encases four bright LED’s and provides light for visual tracking and many other purposes. 

This model (GLO-TOOB AAA) runs off a single AAA battery and is waterproof down to 200 ft.  There are three modes (100%, 25%, and flashing) and battery life ranges from 4-15 hours depending on the mode.  Available in multiple colors: Red, Blue, Green, White, Amber.  As you can see in the photo, I got a green one.  The light output is fairly decent, you can easily navigate a pitch black room with one of these. Folks are wearing these when walking at night, scuba diving for visibility underwater, in duffel bags to illuminate the bag interior, etc.

If there is ever a major blackout, they will be able to spot me from the space station after I turn on all of my flashlights!
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