The National Just In Time Disaster Training Video Library has an easy to access series of videos focusing on Thanksgiving Safety.
The subjects of these videos include:
-Thanksgiving Fire Safety
-Thanksgiving Safety for Your Pet
-Thanksgiving Food Safety
-Turkey Fryer Safety
This FREE on-line library can be accessed at the following web site:
Be safe and have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Familiarize yourself with these terms to help identify a winter storm hazard.
Freezing Rain – Rain that freezes when it hits the ground. It creates a coating of ice on roads, walkways, trees and power lines.
Sleet – Rain that turns to ice pellets before reaching the ground. Sleet also causes moisture on roads to freeze and become slippery.
Winter Storm Watch – A winter storm is possible in your area. Tune in to NOAA weather radio, commercial radio, or TV for more information.
Winter Storm Warning – A winter storm is occurring or will soon occur in your area.
Blizzard Warning – Sustained winds or gusts greater than 35 mph and lots of snow are expected at least three hours.
Frost/Freeze Warning – Below freezing temperatures are expected.
During a winter storm or under conditions of extreme cold:
- Listen to your radio, TV or NOAA weather radio for weather reports and emergency information.
- Eat regularly and drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration. Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
- Avoid overexertion when shoveling snow. This can bring on a heart attack – a major cause of death in winter. If you must shovel snow, stretch before going outside and rest often.
- Watch for signs of frostbite. These include loss of feeling and a white or pale appearance in extremities (i.e., fingers, toes, ear lobes and the tip of the nose). If symptoms are noted, get medical aid immediately.
- Watch for signs of hypothermia. These include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness, and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms are detected, get the person to a warm location and remove wet clothing. Warm the center of the body first, and give warm, non-alcoholic liquids if the person is awake. Get medical aid as soon as possible.
- Conserve fuel by keeping your home cooler than normal. Temporarily close off heat to some rooms.
- Maintain ventilation when using kerosene heaters to avoid build-up of toxic fumes. Refuel kerosene heaters outside and keep them at least three feet from flammable objects.
- Drive only if it is absolutely necessary.
The complete article can be read here. This information has been provided for our CERT group’s use courtesy of GetReadyGear
Starting to browse for gift ideas and had a few ideas. Costco always has good prices on fire extinguishers. Remember that extinguishers older than ten years old should be replaced. Newer ones should be shaken annually to keep the powder from compacting and reducing the effectiveness.
Next up is this really neat charger I saw at Home Depot. You install four AA batteries in the Rayovac product and now you have a USB charger. It doesn’t charge the batteries at all, but is a simple way to have USB power for smartphones and tablets during power outages.
I came across this interesting and potentially useful tip and wanted to share it with everyone. Here is the link to the YouTube video.
No November Meeting - Because we had two work days during the month, (11/2 & 11/9) we will not have our regular November meeting.
Belmont Fire Department Open House & Santa Claus-
Thursday, December 12th, 5pm-8pm - Looking for volunteers (elves) to help out
December Meeting - Tuesday, December 17th, 7pm-8:30pm
The assembly phase of the project is complete and the final count was 131 Kits! Nice Work! Deputy Chief Mike Gaffney and Captain Pat Halleran would like to thank all of the volunteers for their work on the project, we couldn’t have done it without all of you. The next phase is distribution to fire stations and Deputy Chief Gaffney is working with the Fire Operations Group to work out a plan. Once we know more, we’ll let everyone know.
Today marked the third working meeting by Belmont CERT to assemble hazmat kits (buckets) that will be issued to all San Mateo County firefighting vehicles. The three weekend’s efforts produced 130 kits to-date. This effort replaced the regular November Belmont CERT meeting and provided an excellent opportunty for the team members to work together and team-build.
Go to our CERT Photo Album to see the team in action.
I have posted this information before but, once again, recent events call for a refresher of this important information. There are preparedness materials and training available to help you should you ever find yourself involved in such a situation.
The Department of Homeland Security document “Active Shooter, How to Respond” was first compiled in 2008 for retailers and mall operators. However, the guidelines are applicable to offices and any public gathering place. A companion pocket guide is also available. There is also an online FEMA training on this topic: “IS-907 – Active Shooter Response
Let us hope that none of us would ever have to deal with such a event, but now we know what resources exist if you feel the need to be better prepared.
Team members performed labeling of the previously completed HazMat buckets. The first two Saturday mornings in November (11/2 & 9) will be working meetings to compete the bucket project. NOTE: There will NOT be a regular November Tuesday night meeting.
-Carol Corden supported the Oct 5th Girl Scout event
-Shyrl McCormick supported the Oct 6th Save The Music event.
-The next CERT Train The Trainer class is being held in Menlo Park (Nov 5-7), contact Capt. Pat Halleran firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
-There was discussion of the Sheriff’s OES website
-A flood monitor has been installed at Harbor Blvd and Old County