Disaster Response Teams in Sonoma County

I was talking to my brother about the Santa Rosa fire and he asked if their CERT had been employed. I wasn’t sure so I just decided to look into it and I found this interesting article. A real pity that the CERT program hasn’t been able to succeed in that area   considering the threats they face especially in light of what has happened with the fire. I’m very glad our San Mateo County teams are active and engaged.

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California OES CERT Video

Cool CERT video segment produced by Cal OES.
When happens when first responders need your help? In this edition of Inside Look, we take you behind the scenes to see how people just like you are training to be ready when disasters strike. It’s call CERT – Community Emergency Response Teams – and you can become a part of the team! Screen Shot 2017-10-16 at 4.55.23 PM.png

Operation Seasick Presentation

Belmont’s own Cindy B. made a guest appearance at the October Redwood City/San Carlos CERT meeting, presenting her experiences from the Oakland exercise she participated in.  Next month Cindy will be co-teaching a triage refresher for the RC/SC folks.IMG_3572.jpg

Great ShakeOut 2017

Make sure your registered for the Great California #ShakeOut!

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CERT Takes Center Stage at Urban Shield

Red Cross Smoke Detector Event

The Red Cross Smoke Detector Event is on Saturday, 10/14 from 8:30a-2:30p.  This is similar to the Trailer Park Event last year. CERT will team up with Red Cross to visit the homes of seniors who have signed up, to install new 10-yr smoke detectors (will replace any old pre-existing or install new if they don’t have one). There will be a briefing training with Red Cross prior to deploying.

Please use the link to RSVP for the event.https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YKJTCLLredcross.jpg

SMCFD Community Open House

Several Belmont CERT members attended the Open House last night to hear San Mateo Fire Chief John Healy, Belmont Battalion Chief Kent Thrasher and other command personnel  answer the public’s questions about the proposed JPA between #SanMateo, #FosterCity and #Belmont, a partnership which will provide cost savings while enhancing service.  Photos posted to the CERT Photo Album.
A second event is scheduled in San Mateo Thurs. 10/5 so do try to attend if you have any questions about the new department or preparedness efforts.


Community Open House: San Mateo Consolidated Fire Dept

Want to learn more about the proposed JPA between #Belmont, #SanMateo & #FosterCity Fire Departments? Join us for a FREE public event Mon. 10/2 at the #Belmont Senior/Community Center OR Thurs. 10/5 at #SanMateo Senior Center. Both events are drop- in from 7-8:30 PM. Details & address info below.

An Interesting Preparedness Tip…

I saw this power-failure related tip on Facebook and wanted to pass it on, just click on the link. http://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/a40176/cup-quarter-trick/1476474414-cup-quarter.jpg

National Preparedness Month: Sign Up for SMC Alert & Win

In light of the current devastation in Texas due to the impacts from Hurricane Harvey as well as the wildfires burning throughout California, Oregon and surrounding western states forcing evacuations, the County’s Office of Emergency Services reminds San Mateo County residents to review and finalize their emergency preparedness plans. 

Start by joining us in participating in National Preparedness Month by helping our Office of Emergency Services reach 75,000 SMC Alert subscribers by Sept. 30, 2017. Sign up for SMC Alert to receive emergency notifications via phone, email or text and you’ll have a chance to win a prize. Sign up for SMC Alert here: smcalert.info. 
Throughout September, individuals who sign up for SMC Alert will be automatically entered to win daily and weekly giveaways like a limited edition SMC Alert portable phone charger or disaster prep kit! All winners will be randomly chosen by County of San Mateo staff members and contacted via email and/or phone.  
Public safety officials use SMC Alert to alert you and your family in the event of natural or man-made disasters and during an emergency provide life-saving information.  
All September long, we also encourage San Mateo County residents and visitors to take steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses, schools, and communities: http://www.smcready.org/. Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.