San Mateo County Public Health will be holding a “Community Shield” exercise in mid-May and is need of volunteers to act as victims. This promises to be an interesting exercise and will be viewed by invited public officials. However, participation as a victim is not for everyone.
This is a terrorism exercise involving, the anti-terrorism SWAT Team (T-CAT) and Fire HazMat, who are going to have to respond to a simulated terrorist attack incident. This is a full-scale exercise and the simulated victims will be exposed to a simulated toxic agent and will undergo decontamination procedures. This call for volunteers is being sent to all SMCo CERT Teams.
For more information, please go to the “MEETINGS/ACTIVITIES/CLASSES” link. If you want to participate, please RSVP to Belmont PD Capt Halleran (firstname.lastname@example.org) no later than Monday May 2nd.
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Short notice, but there is a Public Hearing tomorrow evening on the topic of the updated Hazard Mitigation Plan for San Mateo County. Come hear how the County identifies and manages local hazards, and provide feedback.
Emergency Services Council Meeting
Thursday April 21, 2016 @ 5:30 PMBoard of Supervisors Chambers
400 County Center, Redwood City
Silver Dragon X was conducted yesterday under clear, sunny skies and pleasant cool weather. As the last reports indicated, the 24 CERT’s for the San Mateo/Belmont Incident Command Post distributed material to 1866 residences in a two-hour period. Apparently San Mateo County is rather unique in the nation for utilizing a “push” model for pandemic medication delivery versus the “pull” model. The “pull” model has the population reporting to local hospitals to receive medication (with all the associated challenges of traffic, crowds, etc) while the “push” model utilizes volunteer resources like CERT to deliver needed medications door-to-door. This year representatives from the Centers for Disease Control were on hand to observe firsthand how this model works.
For the second year in a row, Belmont CERT employed MURS radios for ICP communications with team in the field. MURS radios are vastly superior to FRS radios in range and voice quality and worked well in the various environments of the assigned neighborhoods. Photos from the exercise have been posted to the CERT Photo Album.
It has been decided to cancel the April 23rd large area search drill, scheduled for Davis Drive. The Davis Dr. site is off the table as previous Belmont PD & FD training sessions have rendered the site unusable, due to asbestos being disturbed. It will be rescheduled for a date and location TBD.
The National Weather Service shows the weather in San Mateo on Thursday as slight chance of showers with a high of 58 degrees. Since we are going to be out in public, being readily identifiable is important, so at a minimum please bring & wear your CERT vest. Since you probably keep it in your backpack, I’d just bring your backpack (also good for carrying other things like water, powerbars, etc…). You will probably be wearing a coat/rain coat so polo shirts are optional. I would bring your CERT baseball cap as it will help in identification and will help keep you warm and any rain off your head (also probably in your backpack). Having your ID, either visible or available is a good idea in case someone asks (residential burglars are a big concern now).
Redwood City and San Carlos CERT members will be participating in a joint exercise with Menlo Park CERT for next week’s Silver Dragon exercise. Information flyer page 1 & page 2.
April 14, 7:30 am to 12:00 Noon
Location: Urban Search and Rescue Warehouse
1376 Willow Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Bring with you: Come prepared, dress in layers, bring your CERT vest, hard hat, back pack and clipboard (if you have them, also bring your FRS radio and small first aid kit)
Leave at home: Heavy items from your back pack, wrench, flashlight, duct tape etc.
Redwood City/San Carlos CERT has an opportunity to assist in preparing our community, in a new and exciting way, our youth and the future of preparedness. Our local high school, serving students from both San Carlos and Redwood City, has taken steps to begin a campus CERT program. Christy Adonis has been working with a small number of teachers who have taken “Train the Trainer” and will do classroom instruction for the students. As you know, it is quite the task to set up and put on a skills day, our team however does it very smoothly with many hands helping out.
Please let me know if you are able to help as a Skills Day Assistant.
Friday May 6, 2016
11:30am to 3:30pm
Fire Station 9
San Mateo CERT will be holding a large area search drill at the closed office buildings on Davis Drive in Belmont, and Belmont CERT has been invited to participate. The drill was set up by Battalion Chief Bill Euchner who is assigned to Central County Fire Training. Capt. Halleran is getting more information but it looks like there will be various ways to participate, ranging from being on a search team to working as proctor or safety monitor (the buildings have been used by both Fire and Police for previous trainings and are pretty broken up inside). The drill will be held on Saturday April 23rd from 9am until 12noon.
If you are interested in participating, please let Capt. Halleran know. Additional information will be provided as we get it.
Browsing thru some new catalogs to find the next CERT “gotta have” item.