Preparedness Tips for the Mobility Challenged

I read an article with preparedness tips for folks with mobility issues and wanted to pass along some information along with a link to the full article.

  • Store emergency supplies in a pack or backpack that can be attached to crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, or a scooter.
  • If you use a motorized wheelchair or scooter, consider having an extra battery available.
  • Practice giving clear, concise instructions regarding how to move you. Take charge and quickly explain to people how best to assist you.
  • Here is a link to Emergency Evacuation Preparedness by the Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions



Sequoia HCA CERT Skills Day

The Skills Day for Sequoia High School’s Health Careers Academy (HCA) was held last Friday at RCFD Station 9.  Congrats to the HCA students that participated, and a bigger thanks to the senior students that took on the role of skills instructors.  I know I was impressed with how the student instructors gained confidence with each group and were pros by the end of the day.  Also thanks to the CERT volunteers that showed up on a weekday to get everything set-up and packed away afterwards.

Plenty of photos have been added to our CERT Photo Album.

How to Save on Emergency Supplies – Disaster Prep on a Budget

The folks at Coupon Chief contacted me and thought their preparedness guide might be a good match to add to this blog.  I read it over and it is a well written, thorough piece.  The author, Monique Dugaw, is with the American Red Cross so her experience and expertise is pertinent.  A link has been added to the main page and is also right here.

“In this guide, we’ll talk about disaster preparedness. We’ll talk about the supplies and equipment you and your family need to weather out the storm or make it through the crisis. And we’ll suggest ways you can save money and still get high quality goods.

By getting ready now, you won’t have to worry so much about what might happen. If a news alert says severe weather is headed your way, you’ll be ready for it.

You’ll know that whatever comes down the pike, you’re not going to be joining the crowd desperately trying to find a store with something left on the shelves or wondering how in the world to live without water and electricity.

We’ve tried to keep the recommendations here in line with those suggested by the American Red Cross. Responding to disasters is a big part of what they do every day.”disaster_supply_kit.jpg

More January Skills Day Photos

Many thanks to Sanya L. for helping document the January Skills Day activities.  His photos have been added to the CERT Photo Album, so go check them out.

Suggested OTC Meds for Your Preparedness Kit

Aspirin – pain relief and fever reduction, some take it in small does for heart health
Acetaminophen (Tylenol) – pain relief and fever reduction, good for dental pain, menstrual cramps, etc.
Ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin)– pain relief and fever reduction
Naproxen sodium (Aleve) – long-acting for pain relief and fever reduction
Extra Strength Excedrin – Great for migraine relief
Diphenhydramine hydrochloride (Benadryl, Claritin, and Zyrtec)– an antihistamine, good for allergic reactions, bee stings, etc.
Loperamide HCl (Imodium)- anti-diarrhea medication
Bismuth Subsalicylate  (Pepto-Bismol) – good for stomach upset and anti-diarrhea medication
Benzocaine (Vagisil) – this one is for the ladies, relieves feminine itching and burning
VapoRub –  Vapors help relieve coughing due to common cold. Can also relieve minor muscles aches and pains when rubbed on sore spot.
Tums, Rolaids, Pepsid– Antacids for heartburn relief
Cold/Flu Remedies – these could include cough syrup, cough drops, Dayquil/Nyquil and the like.
Liquid Bandage (New Skin)–  handy for sealing up a cut in place of or in addition to band aids
Antibacterial ointment (Neosporin) – to protect cuts, scraps & burns, Also can help with chapped skin

Redwood City/San Carlos CERT Skills Day

Photo Album has been added for Redwood City/San Carlos CERT Skills Day, January 2018.  Many thanks to all those that came out to volunteer and make this another successful event.


Auxiliary Communications Emergency Solutions (ACES) Class

HAM operators, heads up that an ACES (Auxiliary Communications Emergency Solutions) Class will be offered in the February/March timeframe.  This is a training program designed for Amateur Radio Operators, consisting of five classes.  The course trains radio operators to handle emergency communications traffic in an emergency. Those who complete the program will have the demonstrated ability to act as emergency radio operators in emergencies.  Additional class information will be posted here when finalized.  Anyone interested in the ACES Class should contact Al Dunn via email at for more information.

Here is information about the ACES program in Oregon which is very similar.

Menlo Park CERT Events

Thanks to Keith F. for providing this listing of upcoming Menlo Park presentations and training sessions which are open to all interested persons.

Menlo Fire CERT  –  PG&E PRESENTATION: Responding to Gas, Electric and Solar Emergencies
Tuesday, February 13, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fire Station 1, Rear Training Room
300 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park

This class is taught by PG & E professional safety experts and focuses on gas, electric and solar emergencies, scene safety & personal protective equipment for first responders and the general public.

No prerequisite required,  Approximately one hour PowerPoint & discussion followed by 1 hour hands on training. The PG & E “Electric Board Team” will also do a 30 minute demo

Saturday, February 17, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Fire Station 77, Rear Training Room
1477 Chilco Street, Menlo Park

Curriculum Includes: • Rapid Trauma Assessment, Triage & Life Threats First Aid, • Secondary Injury Assessment & Care  • Psychological First Aid and PTSD, • Incident Command and Leadership, • Emergency Communications

Menlo Fire CERT  –  SECONDARY INJURY ASSESSMENT – Short & Long Term Care
Wednesday, February 21, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Fire Station 1, Rear Training Room
300 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park

This class focuses on Secondary Assessment and basic short and long term care of secondary injuries. “DCAP BTLS” is emphasized with an introduction to “OPQRST”.

Medical Treatment Area Forms and Patient Care Reports are introduced with an in-depth discussion regarding transportation documentation.

No prerequisite required. Approximately 40 Minute PowerPoint & discussion followed by 1.5  hour hands on training.

Menlo Fire CERT  –   GET READY!!!
Thursday, February 22, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Fire Station 1, Rear Training Room
300 Middlefield Road, Menlo Park

This class is an interactive 2.5 hour discussion revolving around preparing for and mitigation against large scale emergencies or disasters. Topics include local hazards such as earthquake, flooding, mudslides and wild fires.

The main focus is to teach individuals how to best care for themselves, their families and their property in the event of a large scale event in the community

Menlo Fire CERT  –  Blackberry React Ham 101, Emergency Communications
Saturday, February 24, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
First Baptist Church, 1100 Middle Ave, Menlo Park

This class is for the beginning HAM radio user. Whether you have your license yet or not, come to this class and learn the basic functions of your radio and the principles of emergency radio communications.

Preparedness Equipment List

This comes courtesy of Redwood City CERT team member Ken K.  He has done an impressive job compiling this master preparedness list.  There are three (3) lists for
– Home: Logistical Center where you store most of your emergency items
– Vehicle: Enables transportation of emergency items for local access
– CERT Backpack: Enables mobility of emergency items

Link to PDF file.

The Red Guide to Recovery Condensed Version (English & Spanish language)

The Red Guide to Recovery is a well known comprehensive disaster recovery resource available for purchase ($20) but I found a condensed version that is free.  This is designed to walk disaster survivors step-by-step through the recovery process.  The condensed version contains a sample of the information contained in the printed copy.  The printed copy includes additional detailed information, illustrations, contact information, and  more.

Condensed Version: San Diego County Edition
Condensed Version: San Diego County Spanish Language Edition
La edición abreviada: La Guía Roja para la Recuperación para el condado de San Diego