October Belmont CERT Meeting

This month’s meeting minutes:
-Hayman Tam presented photos from the recent Urban Shield exercise and discussed his experiences working as a CERT volunteer (more info will be added as a separate post)-Capt Halleran briefed the team on San Mateo County Ebola procedures
-There is now an first responder website for Ebola
-The meeting concluded with a group inspection of our CERT trailer, with the many modifications added to date.  Kudos to Tim Wong for his design and installation of the LED lighting system!
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Facebook Safety Check

IMG_0086The Safety Check feature in Facebook was unveiled last week. Its purpose is to help Facebook users quickly alert friends and family that they are unharmed after a natural disaster.  Safety Check is their way of helping our community during natural disasters and gives users an easy and simple way to say you’re safe and check on all your friends and family in one place.

During a major disaster, Safety Check will help you:
*Let friends and family know you’re safe
*Check on others in the affected area
*Mark your friends as safe
Only your friends will see your safety status and the comments you share.

This feature was prompted by the devastating tsunami that struck Japan in 2011 when employees developed a Disaster Message Board for users of Facebook in Japan in order to help them connect with families and friends.  Read more here: http://newsroom.fb.com/news/2014/10/introducing-safety-check/

New Activities Posted

A variety of new volunteer opportunities have been added for both Belmont and Redwood City/San Carlos CERT, so please look under the MEETING/ACTIVITIES/CLASSES link.

Volunteers Needed- Wildfire Exercise on the Coast

On Wednesday, November 5th, San Mateo County Human Services Agency, in coordination with other agencies is having a Wildfire Exercise on the Coast.

They are looking for volunteers (CERT or non-CERT) to be “fire victims.”  As part of the exercise, they are opening an Evacuation Center in Half Moon Bay and need as many victims as we can get, to wander in through the exercise to prepare staff to do intake and assessment.  You will not need to be made up (moulaged), just be part of the evacuee group.  As with exercises of this kind, often you learn more by being a “victim” and gain a valuable perspective.

To sign up, contact Carol Corden at:  cordencarol@yahoo.com or phone 650-248-7155.  Please let Capt Halleran (path@belmont.gov) know if you are participating as we will track this as a CERT activity.

The Great Shakeout, Thursday Oct 16th

The Great ShakeOut is an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools, and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes, and to improve preparedness. There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, government agencies, and others to participate in the ShakeOut, to get prepared for earthquakes, and to share what you’re doing with others so they can do the same.

Held today, October 16th, ShakeOut earthquake drills are an opportunity to practice how to be safer during earthquakes: “Drop, Cover and Hold On.” ShakeOut also has been organized to encourage you, your community, your school, or your organization to update emergency plans and supplies, and to secure your space in order to prevent damage and injuries.

Head over to ShakeOut.org to learn more, find earthquake drills in your area and register for the worlds largest earthquake drill.  Here is a new earthquake prep video.

2014 San Carlos Art & Wine Faire

It was that time of year again, early fall is a nice time of year to be working the CERT booth at the San Carlos Art & Wine Faire.  Meet the public, chat about preparedness, and hand out a few shopping bags in the process.  More photos in our CERT Photo Album.
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Disasters and Disease Presentation

There will be a presentation next week on maintaining your health during emergencies.  The speaker will be Tobi L. Schmidt, Ph.D., of the Stanford School of Medicine, an expert in Immune Health.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Redwood City Council Chambers
1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City
7:00pm to 9:00pm

You are welcome to bring a friend or family member to this presentation.  Please rsvp by October 10, 2014 to Christy Adonis cadonis@redwoodcity.org Disater Disease

San Carlos Art and Wine Faire Volunteers Needed

Redwood City/San Carlos CERT will have a booth set up at annual San Carlos Art and Wine Faire on both Saturday and Sunday.  This is a fun event, a great way to share information with the community about CERT, Preparedness and Fire Prevention, in past years we have had lots of fun, sharing info and also meeting our fellow CERTs.  If you would like to assist with Set-up, Staffing or Take-down, please email Christy cadonis@redwoodcity.org with the hours you are available to volunteer. (Event Hours are 8am to 5pm both Saturday and Sunday. October 11-12, 2014)

If you would like to assist at either of these events, it would be great to have your help.  Limited details are listed above, with full details (meeting location/briefing time etc.) being sent later to those who will be assisting.

Fire Prevention & Safety Week in Redwood City

Last Sunday marked the kickoff of Fire Prevention & Safety Week in Downtown Redwood City in front of Fire Station 9.  During this year’s fire safety campaign, fire departments will be spreading the word about the importance of having working smoke alarms in their homes and the fact that smoke alarms save lives.

The event included live fire demonstrations, fire equipment displays, children’s inflatable play-land and other children’s activities, fire extinguisher training and free smoke alarm installation sign-ups. CERT emergency & disaster preparation and information was also provided.  Carol Corden was kind enough to provide photos from the event and they can be found on the CERT Photo Album.

Disaster Preparedness Hawaiian Style

We were at a community fair in Honolulu and I spotted this information booth. No mention of CERT at all even though there is a program here. IMG_9387.JPG