One-Day HAM License Class

Please see the attached flyer from San Francisco Fire Department NERT regarding a 1-day Ham Radio License class being held in SF on January 28th (flyer courtesy of SCARES).  This is a study session followed by an exam.  Register at

Psychological First Aid Class

Our Neighbors at HIGHLANDS CERT have invited us:
Would you like to learn easy practical skills to assist and support your neighbors, friends and family during an emergency or in times of stress?  Do you want to know what to do and what to say to assist other after a disaster or large scale emergency ? 
Date: Sunday, January 29, 2017 
Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm 
Location: Highlands Rec Center, 1851 Lexington Ave., San Mateo Highlands 
You will learn:

  • Self-Care Skills to prepare psychologically, increase your resilience, manage stress, and reduce the effects of trauma.
  • Communication Skills to connect quickly with survivors and increase your capacity to assist them and ease suffering.
  • Specific Response Techniques for common but difficult survivor reactions. 

The class is FREE and open to everyone, bring a friend or family member, CERT training is not required to attend.


Join us for the 2017 County-Wide 2 meter simplex and 40 meter drill to test radio equipment and communications capabilities of City Emergency Operation Centers, County Emergency Operations Centers and Departmental Operation Centers in the month of January.

Cert Communicators hold this simplex drill every year. This year the Op Area will be testing its communications from it Communications Vehicles in an alternate site to mimic a real situation. All EOCs and DOCs in San Mateo County are encouraged to participate. After the drill you will be emailed a report on who participated and the coverage area of your EOC or DOC.

Date: January 28, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00 hours

To register for the drill send an email including city location and the drill(s) you will be participating in   2 meter, 40 meter or both to:


NDNU Staff CERT Training

Late last year, Notre Dame de Namur Univ (NDNU) approached Capt Halleran about CERT Training for staff.  So, they came up with an abbreviated 12 hr “Campus Emergency Response Team” course, that focuses on the skills they would need on-campus.  One of the things that came out of the Ohio State Campus shooting last year was having staff training in first-aid would be of most help in a violent intruder incident.

Here’s what we planned:
Class size: 35
All classes are from 0800-1200hrs (4hrs)

  • Day 1 (Tues 2/7/17) – Medical Ops 1 & 2
  • Day 2 (Tues 2/14/17) – Light Search & Rescue, Fire Safety & Utility Controls
  • Day 3 (Wed 2/22/17) – CERT Organization, ICS, Disaster Psychology & Tabletop Exercise

If you are interested in helping out with this training, please let Captain Halleran know which day or days you are available.

Annual CERT Slideshows Online

Screen Shot 2017-01-12 at 4.35.39 PM.pngTake a look at the annual Redwood City/San Carlos CERT slideshows (2011- present) on the newly updated CERT History pages on the Redwood City website

Skills Day Assistants

Learn how to be a Skills Day Assistant by attending one of the below skills days and shadowing a well trained skills day team members.  It is with the help of our team members that we are able to provide great training and education to the community and our New CERT Academy students.CERT, Redwood City, skills day
Our team has made great strides to share preparedness education with the community and the planning has been underway for 2017.

We have 2 upcoming skills days: RSVP required

January 27, 2017: Proud to bring in our Second Graduating class of Sequoia High School HCA students.  Your help is greatly needed as there will be between 45 and 48 students in attendance at skills day, a fun group of young folks gaining adult life skills and earning their CERT Certificate of Completion.

February 25, 2017:  Our annual CERT course posted and open to all community members.  With all skills days, your help is needed to provide training and meet and greet our newest CERT member graduates.

Please click here let Christy Adonis know if you are able to assist with our upcoming skills days.

February CERT Class

The next CERT class for Redwood City & San Carlos begins on February 7th. Belmont residents may also sign up and will be accepted on a space available basis.

To sign up, please create a free account on the Redwood City Park and Recreations site at the link below , search the course listings and sign up for CERT.  The course is held over several weeks, to receive a certificate of completion, you will need to attend all classes.  If you are unable to attend on one or more of the dates listed, that’s ok…  you are able to make up those classes in our surrounding cities (more details on make-up classes will be discussed on the first night class meets).

Register online or RSVP with Christy Adonis, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator- serving Redwood City and San Carlos at (650)780-7400, or by email at  Read the flyer here.

Redwood Shores “Show Your Cards” Drill Results


For several years or RSCA has provided each household with the RED/GREEN Disaster Signal Card designed to help emergency responders quickly assess who needs immediate HELP and who is OK.  This card needs to be kept where you can quickly put it in place where it can be seen clearly from the street.   This may be in a front window or taped to your front or garage door or gate/fence.  Especially if you need assistance, this card will help you get the quickest response (please do not display your sign year-round).

Again this year, our local CERT organization, working with Redwood City Fire Department, conducted a home-to-home survey looking for the GREEN/OK cards displayed.  While not all neighborhoods were canvassed in the allotted drill time, four teams covered approximately 32% of Shores homes in slightly over an hour.  The number of homes displaying their OK signal for the drill was up significantly over the past three years.  Almost every neighborhood surveyed had an increase in homes participating, and the exercise again provided a great training for CERT members.  Thank you to all who participated.
Source: Redwood Shores Community Association Newsletter “The Pilot”

Belmont- Island Park Storm Damage

IMG_9264.jpgDowned tree in our neighborhood from this weekend’s storm.  Hope everyone came out okay!

Winter Storm Resources- Be Prepared

The seven-day outlook from the National Weather Service shows widespread rainfall that will be moderate to heavy at times. To prepare for the possibility of coastal/bay flooding and hazardous storm conditions, here are some important resources:

Storm prep tips at home:……

Where to find sandbags:
(scroll to the bottom of the page)

How to use sandbags:…

To determine your risk at home, work and in your community, please visit the Finding Your Flood Risk webpage, which has links to maps showing flood hazards in your area:…

Enter your address here to know your risk:

Flood insurance info:

Emergency alerts:

Emergency preparedness:

Emergency phone numbers:
San Mateo County Department of Public Works Emergency Line (24 Hours), (650) 363-4100
San Mateo County Department of Public Works (Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm), (650) 363-4100
San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services (OES), (650) 363-4790
California Office of Emergency Services, (916) 464-1013
To report downed wires or power lines, a power outage, a gas leak or other related emergency, call PG&E (800) 743-5000 OR 911
Red Cross Disaster Services (650) 259-1750