SMC Ready Preparedness Website

Screen Shot 2016-11-16 at 5.37.30 PM.pngThe San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), in partnership with the San Mateo County Emergency Managers Association (SMCEMA), is proud to announce the launch of a new disaster preparedness website for all of San Mateo County, is your hub for emergency preparedness. You will find useful guides to help you get prepared, information on what to and simple steps on how to get connected during an emergency. With the help of Google translate this information is available in more than 20 languages. has information on how to:
Stay informed through our free San Mateo County alert system SMCAlert and use social media to network with friends and family.
Learn how to prepare emergency kits and the specific items you will need.
In the event of an emergency, you and loved ones should have a plan on where to go, what to do and who to contact.

The City of Belmont and the Belmont Fire Protection District encourage all residents to prepare for emergencies and is a great place to start….check it out!

The World’s Smartest Survival Kit.

Glancing through my daily deluge of email and saw this featured product on INDIEGOGO.  Named “The SEVENTY2”, it is a high quality survival kit to get you through the first three days (72 hours) of a disaster.  Check out their video.  While the kit seems well thought out and has some impressive features, the $330 price tag is rather daunting.  With our CERT training, we do have an advantage over the general population that kits like this are marketed to.

I just wanted to share this and show how Disaster Preparedness can become the inspiration for a new company, and their level of funding shows that plenty of folks are willing to pay top dollar for their kits.

CERT Winter Social

CERT, winter social,Join Redwood City/San Carlos CERT members and dress up or dress down, for our annual night to meet members, share laughs and build our team!!!  Please plan to bring an appetizer or dessert to share, serving 4-6 people.  Please use the list below as a guide. If your last name begins between:
A-L, bring an appetizer,
M-Z, please bring a dessert.

DateSaturday December 10, 2016
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Place: 610 Elm St., San Carlos Community Room 2nd Floor, San Carlos 94070
Please RSVP by Dec 5, to
Special Note: Parking is free and convenient

Belmont CERT is also invited to join the festivities.  Event Flyer here

Team Training/Annual Exercise- Redwood Shores

November 19th, 2016
9:00am to 12:00pm (noon)
303 Twin Dolphin Drive Redwood Shores, 94065

Who: All CERT members are invited to attend. Each of you will be participating in an important role on the day of the exercise, working together to strengthen our team.

What: During this exercise, you will practice working at an ICP, conducting building size up, documenting your findings, searching a building and triaging victims.  CERT members will experience all aspects of a disaster response, from initial activation, to setting up a command post, building teams, utilizing forms, documenting damage, reporting findings, using FRS radios and providing crucial information to First Responders once they arrive.  The purpose of this exercise is to enhance public readiness, preparedness and response to a disaster in our area.

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October Belmont CERT Meeting

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The October meeting welcomed two new CERT graduates, Ruth and Kay, from the recent San Mateo training class.

The meeting started off with a discussion on the SFO disaster exercise held a few weeks ago with three of our Belmont CERT’s participating.  (Thanks to Bill and Michyle for the photos).  There is also a Nov 17 train exercise in San Mateo and a Dec 3 Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, both events are looking for volunteers.  The training presentation this month was on Emergency Operations Center organization and operations during an incident.  Afterwards Capt. Halleran also recommended that folks take a look at

Photos from the SFO exercise, and from the meeting, have been posted to our CERT Photo Album.

‘Stop the Bleed’ Campaign

This new initiative is designed to teach the public how to save lives by taking specific actions to stop life-threatening bleeding resulting from accidents, disasters or a mass casualty event.  A Public Service Announcement was made at the end of last week’s episode of “Code Black”.  Bleeding control kits—which include gloves, bleeding control dressing, and a tourniquet—were displayed and demonstrated in various episodes of the show and in the PSA.Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 10.29.58 PM.pngThe campaign includes training and preparedness with bleeding control kits.  The classes are simple. Participants hear a short lecture about the benefits of bystander-bleeding training and watch a disturbing video produced by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department that demonstrates how to survive a public shooting.  Then they learn the two most effective ways to stop severe bleeding: packing wounds and applying tourniquets.

The campaign is also working to install bleeding control kits that contain gloves, gauze, tourniquets and other supplies in public places.  Link to instructional booklet.

The ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff, The White House. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters. Advances made by military medicine and research in hemorrhage control during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have informed the work of this initiative which exemplifies translation of knowledge back to the homeland to the benefit of the general public. The Department of the Defense owns the ‘Stop the Bleed’ logo and phrase – trademark pending.

For more information, go to

Save the Date- Redwood City/San Carlos CERT Winter Social

SAVE THE DATE: RWC/SC CERT – Winter Social, December 10, 2016

Family and friends are welcome, please save the date and join us for an evening to connect with other CERT members, enjoy a meal together and share some laughts. The Social Event Planning Committee is hard at work planning another amazing evening.

We hope you can join us.

Foster City CERT Victim Volunteers Needed

We have a request for assistance from one of our neighbor CERT groups, Foster City CERT is asking for moulage victims/volunteers for their Skills Day scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd.

“Victims” play an integral role in their drill allowing their students to utilize the skills they’ve learned . “Victims” will have make-up applied and will act out various scenarios one would encounter in a disaster.The drill will be held at the Foster City Fire Department. There are two shifts available, you may volunteer for one or both shifts.

Morning shift begins at 7:15am
Afternoon shift begins at 11:00am

Please contact Jan Brown, Foster City CERT at if you wish to volunteer

Great California ShakeOut on October 20

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 a.m. on October 20* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008.

Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel. ShakeOut is also a major activity of America’s PrepareAthon!shakeout_global_2016_poster_dontfreakout_color

San Carlos Art and Wine Faire

Our annual event at the annual San Carlos Art and Wine Faire last weekend went smoothly with the CERT booth.   On the warm side but a good turnout with suport from Redwood City/San Carlos Fire Department.  Photos have been posted to our CERT Photo Album.
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