PulsePoint AED Tracking App

Everybody loves adding new apps on their smartphones, right?  I just added a two new ones to my iPhone.  PulsePoint AED is an app that allows users to mark the locations of AED’s that they see while out and about.  This information is used by another app, called PulsePoint, which directs users to the nearest AED when a cardiac incident is reported.  Looking at the PulsePoint app, I see first responder agencies listed for East Bay and South Bay but none for San Mateo County.  That is rather ironic since the County is sponsoring PulsePoint in this region, but if no agencies sign up then the app will not do what it is supposed to.
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Water From The Air Around Us

We all know how important it is to include water as part of our preparedness supplies.  If you run out of water, then there are plenty of gadgets and techniques to purify any water you do happen to find.  Now here is another way to obtain water.

Fontus is a new company working to bring a device to the market that extracts water out of the atmosphere.  This solar powered process uses condensation to collect water at a rate of 0.5 quarts (0.5 liters) of water in one hour, which is certainly enough to survive on (but forget any laundry or bathing…).  They have a bicycle mounted unit and another standalone bottle with separate flexible solar panel (below).  This is all very cool and there will be a crowdfunding campaign to raise funding for mass producing these units.  Stay tuned.

Here is a recent article on this company.FONTUS

CERT Train-the-Trainer Class of 2016

This weekend saw the 2016 CERT train-the-Trainer class being hosted & conducted by the Foster City and San Mateo Fire Departments.  This training had been on my radar for some time and the timing was finally right to take the three-day course.  Our own Christy Adonis was one of the instructors, along with other familiar faces like Robert Cook and Bill Euchner of SMFD.  I also got to know Vanessa Brannon, the new coordinator for Foster City CERT.

This was an excellent way to learn teaching techniques, polish my public speaking skillset, get refreshed on Basic CERT course content, AND network with many of our neighboring CERT teams (Welcome to those new to the blog…).  Besides Hayman, Michyle LaPedis also completed the course, thus adding two new instructors for local CERT training.  More photos have been posted to the CERT Photo Album (link on right side).
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2016 CERT T3 training,

2016 January Belmont CERT Meeting

The January meeting was full of tasty snacks as we held our overdue annual appetizer/dessert potluck meeting.

Meeting topics included:
>First photos of new Belmont FD Engine 14, and the new FD logo (see below)
>Refresher for Flood Response training
>Carlmont H.S. Sober Grad event/exercise in April
>Silver Dragon X will be on 4/14/16

Volunteer Victims Needed for Hospital Exercise

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The San Mateo County hospitals are conducting a one day training in Advanced Burn Life Support (ABLS) on Friday, February 5, from 8:00 a.m. –  5:00 p.m.  at the San Mateo Medical Center.

They are looking for four (4) volunteers who would be willing to be moulaged victims for training purposes.  The volunteers will be provided a lunch and can either volunteer from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. or, if they are interested in sitting in on the morning session, can come for the whole day.

They only need four (4) volunteers so if you are interested let Capt. Halleran (path@belmont.gov) know ASAP.

2016 CERT Training Opportunities

Training classes for 2016 have been announced, remember that Belmont residents can sign up with either San Mateo or Foster City sessions.

Foster City Community Emergency Response Team training-
Participants in this 25-hour series of classes will learn how to develop neighborhood teams while cross-trained in basic emergency skills. Don’t underestimate your abilities; everyone brings skills to the CERT program! Classes are held in the Wind Room at the Foster City Community Center, 1000 E. Hillsdale Blvd. from 6:30 to 9:00pm. Skills Development & Mock Earthquake Exercise will be held on Saturday, April 30, 2016, 7:30am to 4pm. CERT Training is FREE and open to residents of Foster City. The deadline to register is February 25, 2016.
FC CERT Class – Spring 2016 Flyer

City of San Mateo Community Emergency Response Team training-
Participants in this 25-hour series of classes will learn how to develop neighborhood teams while cross-trained in basic emergency skills. Classes are held at the San Mateo Senior Center (2645 Alameda de las Pulgas) from 6:15 to 8:45pm. Skills Development & Mock Earthquake Exercise will be held on the Saturday, April 16th, 2016, 9:00am to 4:00 pm at Fire Station 23.
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Redwood City/San Carlos Community Emergency Response Team training-
We have our first class of 2016 scheduled to begin in late March (flyer link attached) and dates listed below.  Please take a look at the dates and let Christy know if you will be able to help on skills day (final Saturday), and also if you are able to teach any of the modules, or if you can help at one of the evening dates.  Your help is greatly appreciated, and our skills day wouldn’t be the same without the assistance of our existing members… YOU!!
Redwood City CERT Class 2016 Flyer

CERT Blog-2015 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,000 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

Student Emergency Preparedness Manual

Sharing this handbook I saw at the 2015 Disaster Preparedness Day.  Lots of good information presented to a younger audience (5th Grade).Screen Shot 2015-12-26 at 11.36.39 AM

Personal Property Inventory App

It has been mentioned before that an inventory of your household possessions is always a VERY good thing to have.  In the old days this meant going room to room with a notepad, nowadays its as simple as shooting a short video on your smartphone.  You can talk about valuables or artwork as you film, and don’t forget to show the inside of your closets!  All those clothes can add up to thousands of dollars if you had to replace them all.
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Tsunami Coasters

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Picked this up at the Disaster Preparedness Day at the San Mateo County Fair this past summer.  Good tip if you’re ever on the coast.  Here is a “How to Survive a Tsunami” pamphlet.