Redwood City/San Carlos CERT ID Requirements

ID cards have been the topic of many discussions at our team meetings, resulting in the following criteria to receive your new ID card.CERT-500x500

Having taken the basic CERT course and participating in CERT activities, trainings and meetings (as well as working with professional first responders) you as CERT members represent a group that has received additional training in many areas.  You have an understanding of ICS, chain of command, accountability and professionalism as a team and to our community. CERT members are seen and respected among their peers, the community and first responders as a knowledgeable team with specialized training. It is the team’s intent to keep all members skills sharp and up to date.  To do this, the team feels a minimum commitment is needed to maintain “active” status.

Active Members:

  • Attended a minimum of 2 trainings/meetings within the past 12 months*
  • Completion of ICS-100 Training, available online at
    (please print completion certificate to bring to photo shoot)
  • Completion of ICS-700 Training, available online at
    (please print completion certificate to bring to photo shoot)
  • Signed Participation Agreement form and signed Code of Conduct (provided at time of photo shoot)
  • *If you have been unable to attend 2 trainings/meetings in the past 12 months, you must
  • Attendance at a CERT Social Event such as the Summer or Winter Social is not a qualifying training event …

To get your CERT ID Card:

  • Begin the process by attending a monthly meeting to have your photo taken.
  • Assistant Coordinator Terese Ruth will confirm your required participation and receipt of prior submitted certificates.
  • Once you’ve completed the online training courses, email Assistant Coordinator Terese Ruth ( indicating the completion date of each course. (Please provide a copy of your completion certificate via email to Terese Ruth or bring it to the photo shoot).
  • When your photo is taken, please bring the printed completion certificates and you can fill out the Participation Agreement and sign the Code of Conduct in person.
  • Once all needed documents are received, your ID card will be printed and ready for you to pick up at a future training/meeting.
  • If you have any questions about the ID Card process, please contact Assistant Coordinator Terese Ruth (

San Carlos Airport Open House

San Carlos FD Engine 13 made an appearance at the Airport Open House on Saturday.
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Disaster Supplies Kit for Individuals with Diabetes

A Disaster Training Video I wanted to share:

Building a Disaster Supplies Kit for Individuals with Diabetes

Today’s training video can be found at the following web site:
There are also many other videos on the site that folks may find interesting.Diabetes-Header2

Self Heimlich Refresher

I happened to see this interesting device hanging on a cafeteria wall and thought I would share it here.  As shown in the second photo, it is used to apply the Heimlich technique to yourself if no one else is able to help.  As a reminder, if you are choking on an obstruction, the standard technique is to lean on a chair as shown in the third photo.

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Disaster Response Bus

I was driving by the SamTrans bus lot (next to San Carlos Airport) and saw this interesting bus.  I believe it is used for their disaster preparedness exercises. IMG_1459

Northern California Regional CERT Conference

The Northern California Regional Conference is an opportunity for CERT program managers and instructors to meet, share ideas and best practices, and learn how to enhance their CERT program.

The California CERT Advisory Workgroup is a body of CERT Subject Matter Experts from CERT programs in California. These subject matter experts help advise CaliforniaVolunteers on how to best support CERT programs in California.

CaliforniaVolunteers is the State Administrator for the CERT program in the State of California. CaliforniaVolunteers supports CERT programs.

Here is a informational flyer for the conference.
Register for the conference here.

Invitation to Concert for Honoring San Francisco Fire Department NERT and all CERT volunteers

Our CERT teams have been invited by San Francisco Fire Dept NERT to a celebration.  On August 2nd, the Golden Gate Park Band will be honoring the volunteer efforts of NERT and CERT volunteers throughout the Bay Area through music and a short presentation by the group.__NBand-Photo---Cropped--800W

You are encouraged to come to the park and bring a picnic lunch. Gather at noon. Concert at 1pm.   Event is scheduled for 12:00-3:00
Wear your gear to represent your program. We will need a few people to help pass out information.

South San Francisco Rotary Club is sponsoring the event and they have generously donated It’s It ice cream for all to enjoy!  All are welcome. Bring friends and family.

Please use the Eventbrite registration link:  A map to the Band shell in GG Park is in the Eventbrite info.

National Night Out in Belmont- August 4, 2015

There was a planning meeting this week for the 2015 National Night Out event.  It’s not too late if you wish to get involved and plan your own neighborhood event.  Chamber of Commerce will be providing gift cards for raffles and city vehicles (police/fire/public works) will be making the rounds to each location.

The next planning meeting is: Monday, June 22
City Hall, 2nd floor EOC from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

For more information and how you can participate contact Belmont Police Officer Joe Lorenzini: jlorenzini@belmont.govPitts S-2C

NNO was started in 1984 and is a wonderful opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention, and neighborhood camaraderie. While the one night is certainly not an answer to crime, drugs and violence, National Night Out represents the kind of spirit, energy and determination to help make neighborhoods a safer place year round. The night celebrates safety and crime prevention successes and works to expand and strengthen programs for the next 364 days.

CERT Training Pays Off For One Volunteer

Last week’s Belmont City Manager’s Weekly Update included an interesting story of how one person’s CERT training was put to use.  Kudos to Mike for getting involved and doing the right thing.

“Recently, one of our Belmont CERT Volunteers had an occasion to put what he had learned to use.  Belmont CERT Volunteer Mike Desing was staying at a hotel in New Mexico, and found a semi-conscious person lying face down on the lobby floor with no one else nearby.  As Mike was checking the person to see what happened, an off-duty nurse came by and together they assessed the person, ensured that paramedics were called and stayed with him until first responders arrived.  Mike said his Belmont CERT training and subsequent CPR & Medical courses gave him the confidence to get involved.”

2015 Disaster Preparedness Day

Another year, another fair, another successful Disaster Preparedness Day!  From what I’ve heard, the Belmont CERT beanbag toss/preparedness quiz attraction was a complete success.  It was great to see such a good volunteer turnout for both Belmont and Redwood City/San Carlos CERT teams.

Photos have been posted to our CERT Photo Album.
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