An Interesting Preparedness Tip…

I saw this power-failure related tip on Facebook and wanted to pass it on, just click on the link.


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: 
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: Disasters don’t plan ahead. You can.

September is National Preparedness Month

In light of the impacts of Hurricane Harvey, hopefully more folks take this to heart. 


Alameda County Preparedness Event 9/9/17

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SOS Products Summer Sale on CERT Items

There is a summer sale at SOS Products on selected CERT items, here are some featured items.  The T-shirts are a really good deal, but quantities are limited.IMG_2197


Chili Cookoff on Aug 26th

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Back to School Preparedness

With young adults getting ready to leave home to attend college, it is a perfect time to help them with preparedness away from home. has One-Day and 3-day student kits available,
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Ham Radio License Class- Benicia

The Benicia Amateur Radio Club (BARC) would like to invite CERT team members to join other fellow CERT members from throughout Northern California at our accelerated one-day licensing class in Benicia. Historically over 90% of attendees pass the on-site FCC licensing exam administered by federally accredited examiners immediately at the conclusion of class.

When:            October 7, 2017, 7:30AM-5:00 PM
Where:           Benicia Senior Center, 1201 East 2nd Street, Benicia, CA 94510
Cost:              $30. Includes all study material, venue, refreshments, handouts, freebies and the federally required exam fee. All instructors and facilitators are volunteers.
Access:         Our facility has full handicap access.

Info/Signup: Online at Class size is limited, register promptly.
Questions: or Ham Class Registrar, Art Mayoff, (707) 746-5858
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CERT Refresher Training & Annual BBQ

High clouds and a steady breeze made for cooler conditions for this years BBQ which also coincided with CERT refresher training for the first time.  Turnout was lighter this year but a good time was had by all that attended.  Happy to see new faces from Belmont and Foster City.  Badminton and cornhole tossing were added to the sports lineup, along with the water balloon toss.
Photos have been uploaded on our Photo Album.

Belmont National Night Out 2017

Another first Tuesday of August has come and gone. Weather was nice and there was a good turnout at the Carlmont location, with some interested folks signing up for additional information on upcoming CERT classes.  Congrats to Frank and Cindy for scoring some good raffle prizes!  Photos are on our online Photo Album.
(NOTE: Anyone with photos from the other locations?  If so, let me know)