National Night Out- Tuesday August 5th

This year the Belmont National Night Out event is Tuesday August 5th. There will be many Belmont neighborhoods participating, as well as the Belmont Library and Carlmont Shopping Center.  Belmont Public Works, Belmont Police and Belmont Fire will be making the rounds to the different neighborhood locations handing out information about keeping our neighborhoods safe. The Belmont Library will have librarians going out to the neighborhoods to read stories to the children. This Year’s National Night Out theme is “Belmont Better Together”.

Please mark your calendars for this Great Night Out and check back here for additional information as it becomes available,NNO logo

CERT Utility Vest

At various CERT exercises, many have seen and commented on a unique vest worn by one of our Belmont members who looked for something better than the standard ones provided after training.  That member has provided the information on how to get one for yourself.

Utility Surveyor Safety Vest – National CERT logo
Features accessible pockets, gear loops, and clip points to keep work gear secure and close at hand. Imprinted with the National CERT logo on the back of the vest.
- Extra heavy duty nylon material
- Multi-punches/pockets for hammer/nails/flash light
- Adjustable side straps to fit your body size
- Zipper front closure
- One size fits all (M – 3XL)
Price: $20.49
CERT utility vest

Disaster Preparedness Fair Gift

Just wanted to post a picture of the nice LED flashlight/lantern that was provided to all the volunteers and approximately 2,200 attendees before supplies ran out.  The engraving is a nice touch.

CERT Training- San Mateo Fire Department

The next San Mateo CERT training is planned for September.  Interested Belmont residents can also enroll in this CERT training being offered by San Mateo FD.  More details have been posted on the Belmont Activities page.

June Meeting Notes- Belmont CERT

Capt Halleran discussed our recent participation at the Disaster Preparedness Fair.
>Over 2200 giveaways were distributed to the public during the first hour of the DP Fair
 >Unlike the many other CERT teams at the event, we were covered by workman’s comp from our status as official Belmont Fire Dept volunteers
>Our strong showing and matching attire was noticed by other teams.
>Possibility of holding the DP Fair at a different location in the future

-Capt Halleran presented a CERT Refresher Briefing to the group
-BFD Capt. Jeff Thorne, the originally scheduled Guest speaker/instructor, had to reschedule at the last minute and promises to be present at the July meeting for the First Aid refresher training.
-There were three Belmont CERT participants at the Redwood City active shooter exercise held at Roosevelt School and they recounted their experiences to the attendees. 76 CERT’s from seven cities participated.
-This year’s National Night Out is on August 5


Millbrae Emergency Communication Workshop Invitation

 CERT TEAM MEMBERS: The Millbrae Amateur Radio Club is offering 3 workshops in Emergency Communication 101 training as part of their annual ARRL Field Day participation. See attached flyer.

The event will be held at the Chetcuit Room (Millbrae EOC). The workshops will be at 1 PM, 3 PM, & 7 PM. This is a great opportunity to learn, refresh skills and participate in emergency communication activities.

Please email Steve Mahaley if you would like to participate and indicate the time of the workshop you will attend, so he can provide the necessary material and refreshments.

 ARRL 79th Annual Field Day
Saturday, June 28,2014
11 AM – 10 PM
Chetcuti Room
Communication 101 Workshops at 1 PM, 3 PM & 7 PM

DayOne Waterbag

At the recent Disaster Preparedness Fair, there were several vendors with preparedness items on display.  One new vendor was DayOneResponse with their DayOne Waterbag.  The DayOne Waterbag is personal water treatment gear that provides all four elements of municipal water supply: collection, transport, treatment, and protected storage.  The flyer is somewhat confusing on the capacity.  The bag holds 10 liters and comes with enough tablets to purify 145 gallons.  You fill with dirty water, add a purification tablet, wait and then dispense the water which goes thru a filter.  Water quality meets WHO, Sphere, and US EPA emergency drinking water guidelines.

PrepareAthon Awareness Campaign

I was at Hillsdale Shopping Center and saw this signage for PrepareAthon.  This is a national awareness campaign put on by FEMA.  They have seasonal themes and the current one is for wildfires.

June Meeting- Belmont CERT

Just a quick reminder that our June CERT Meeting is Tuesday night at Fire Station 14 from 7pm-8:30pm. Our topic will be a first aid refresher by BFD Training Capt./Paramedic Jeff Thorne.

Red Cross Spanish-language Apps

The American Red Cross is launching six free Spanish-language apps for disasters and home emergencies with simple lifesaving information that will help keep families safe.   The six Spanish-language apps are the Red Cross First Aid, hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire and flood apps. The Red Cross First Aid App gives people instant access to expert advice for everyday emergencies. The five Red Cross disaster preparedness apps give people local and real-time information for severe weather or disaster threats, and offer step-by-step instructions that let users know what to do before, during and after a hurricane, tornado, earthquake, wildfire and flood.

The Red Cross apps have a feature that enables users to easily toggle between English and Spanish language on their app. Previously, users needed to set their entire phone language to either English or Spanish. Each one of these Spanish-language apps are free and available for iPhones and Android devices in the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store.  They can also be found at  

All the apps offer pre-loaded content ensuring that Red Cross guidance is available anytime, anywhere – even if no Internet connection is available. Another important feature in the disaster preparedness apps allows users to let family and friends quickly know they are safe with a customizable “I’m Safe” alert for Facebook, Twitter, email and text.
Amer Red Cross