Belmont 2017 CERT Volunteer of the Year

A big congratulations to our own Cindy Bertsch for her recognition as the CERT Volunteer of the Year at last night’s City Council meeting.

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Earthquake Presentation by USGS

May 31, Thursday @ 7:00 PM
Location: 345 Middlefield Rd., Rambo Auditorium/Bldg. 3, Menlo Park (map and directions)

How Energy Industry Practices are Causing Earthquakes in America’s Heartland
by Justin Rubinstein, USGS Research Geophysicist

>In every year since 2014, Oklahoma has had more earthquakes than California.
>Oil and gas operations are “inducing” these earthquakes.
>The earthquake rate has dropped by more than 50% due to changes in industry practices.
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Emergency Preparedness Presentation- hosted by Redwood Shores Neighborhood Association

May 16, Wednesday – 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Location: 303 Twin Dolphin Drive, Meeting Room, First Floor

Many neighborhoods in Redwood City have recently begun connecting neighbors together to build closer relationships and are very interested in disaster preparedness and emergency response.  During this presentation we will cover the basics of emergency preparedness, building a kit, having a plan, being informed, how to handle utilities, emergency notifications, evacuations, and family reunification.  If you live in Redwood Shores, or would like to meet neighborhood leaders, and other community members interested in preparedness, please join us and share you CERT program experiences with others.

7th Annual San Carlos Volunteer Expo (Booth Staffing/Help Needed)

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May 12, Saturday – 9:30am to 12:30pm
Location: 601 Chestnut St., San Carlos 94070 (San Carlos Adult Community Center)

A fun filled day of sharing preparedness information with our community.  This event is open to all community members to learn about opportunities to volunteer with various teams, groups or clubs.  Stop in and bring a friend to meet other community members and learn what others are doing.

We are also in need of assistance with staffing our booth/table.   If you are available to assist with staffing our table and teaching others about CERT and emergency preparedness, please email Christy with your availability at cadonis@redwoodcity.org

April Meeting- Belmont CERT

·         Carlmont High Sober Prom 2018 Video.  Please use the following link https://vimeo.com/266337225 to see the CHS Sober Prom 2018 Video.Screen Shot 2018-05-02 at 6.40.52 PM

 ·         Green Dawn Exercise.  Right now there are a total of 23 CERT Volunteers participating in the Green Dawn Exercise at Coyote Park (Belmont 4, FC 8, Burlingame 5, SM Highlands 4, Didn’t ID program 2).  Being a weekday and in the summer, that’s pretty good.  If you intend to participate in the exercise on June 7th, you need to sign up at the following link https://constantassociates.com/2018-green-dawn-registration/  The exercise runs from 8am-1pm and again our site will be Coyote Point Park. Again, if you sign up, put down Belmont CERT under Agency/Organization.

 ·         Program Update.  All of you should have access to NEON now, if you don’t or are having any issues with NEON, let me know.  We have started putting training opportunities and other events in NEON, which are open to all Belmont, SM and FC CERT members, so it is important you have access and become familiar with it.  To see and sign-up for a training and/or event, go to the calendar in NEON.

 As part of the work joining Belmont, SM and FC CERT programs under a unified structure, we are adopting San Mateo’s Emergency Response District (ERD) structure.  SM CERT organizes along Fire Station district boundaries and calls them ERD’s.  So we will be doing the same thing.  It won’t have much effect in Belmont, except it organizes us in a similar fashion.  Previously, everyone was just in “Belmont” and now we will add ERD 14  & ERD 15 (in a disaster we may use your district fire station as a rally point, etc…).  FC uses districts, which are essentially the same thing so all three programs are now consistent.  Note, for those of you who live outside either district, you will be put in whichever one you are closest to.

 ·         CERT Volunteer of the Year.  I am pleased to announce that Cindy Bertsch has been named as the 2017 CERT Volunteer of the Year.  Cindy will receive her award on Tuesday, May 8th at 7pm during the Annual Police & Fire Awards presentation at the start of the regular City Council Meeting (2nd floor City Hall).  A short reception with refreshments will follow in the EOC.  Please come if you can and congratulations Cindy!

 ·         New CERT Members.  Please join me in welcoming two new members to Belmont CERT; Chris Morrison & David Meyers.  Both Chris and David completed the San Mateo CERT class.

 ·         CERT Member Leaving.  Finally, please join me in saying farewell to Belmont CERT member Dick Nelson.  Dick joined Belmont CERT in 2010 and has been an active part of the group.  Dick and his wife are moving to Ohio, to be closer to family (I understand they are already gone).

Emergency Response Districts (ERD)

As part of the work joining Belmont, San Mateo and Foster City CERT programs under a unified structure, we are adopting San Mateo’s Emergency Response District (ERD) structure.  San Mateo CERT organizes along Fire Station district boundaries and calls them ERD’s.  So Belmont will be doing the same thing.  It won’t have much effect in Belmont, except it organizes us in a similar fashion.  Previously, everyone was just in “Belmont” and now we will add ERD 14  & ERD 15 (in a disaster we may use your district fire station as a rally point, etc…).  Foster City uses districts, which are essentially the same thing so all three programs are now consistent. 

Note: for those of you who live Screen Shot 2018-05-02 at 6.32.57 PM.pngoutside either district, you will be put in whichever one you are closest to.

Green Dawn Exercise Signups

SM-Logo.png Right now there are a total of 23 CERT Volunteers participating in the Green Dawn Exercise at Coyote Park (Belmont 4, Foster City 8, Burlingame 5, SM Highlands 4, Didn’t ID program 2).  Being a weekday and in the summer, that’s pretty good.  If you intend to participate in the exercise on June 7th, you need to sign up at the following link https://constantassociates.com/2018-green-dawn-registration/

The exercise runs from 8am-1pm and again our site (Belmont CERT) will be Coyote Point Park. Again, if you sign up, put down Belmont CERT under Agency/Organization.

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More HAM License Sessions

The Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society (BAEARS) is conducting two “HAM Cram” sessions, here is the link to enroll.Screen Shot 2018-05-02 at 5.38.17 PM.png

2017 CERT Volunteer of the Year

CERT, Summer BBQ,This coming Tuesday, May 8th at 7pm, Belmont will be holding the annual Police Dept and Fire Dept Awards at the start of the Belmont City Council Meeting.  CERT Volunteer Cindy Bertsch will receive the 2017 CERT Volunteer of the Year Award.  After the awards are presented there will be a reception in the EOC, next door to the Council Chambers.  You are all invited to attend and congratulate Cindy and the other FD and PD recipients.

SMC Alert Reminder

SMC ALERT – If you Don’t Already Have an Account See Below – If You Are Already on SMC ALERT Disregard

Capt. Halleran wants to make sure everyone has an SMC Alert account.  As a reminder, SMC Alert will be used to contact CERT Volunteers during an incident or emergency.  Even if you weren’t a member of CERT, we would encourage you to create an account in SMC Alert so you can be notified of incidents and emergencies in the county.  You can customize your membership to receive alerts from specific communities or the county as a whole and can opt out of different types of alerts as your choose (e.g. mountain lions).  To learn more about SMC Alert and sign-up, go to: http://hsd.smcsheriff.com/smcalert and click on the “Register Now” button.  Once you have an account, let Capt Halleran know and he will add you to the Belmont CERT groupindex.jpg.