October Belmont CERT Meeting

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The October meeting welcomed two new CERT graduates, Ruth and Kay, from the recent San Mateo training class.

The meeting started off with a discussion on the SFO disaster exercise held a few weeks ago with three of our Belmont CERT’s participating.  (Thanks to Bill and Michyle for the photos).  There is also a Nov 17 train exercise in San Mateo and a Dec 3 Red Cross Home Fire Campaign, both events are looking for volunteers.  The training presentation this month was on Emergency Operations Center organization and operations during an incident.  Afterwards Capt. Halleran also recommended that folks take a look at www.bpd.crimegraphics.com

Photos from the SFO exercise, and from the meeting, have been posted to our CERT Photo Album.

‘Stop the Bleed’ Campaign

This new initiative is designed to teach the public how to save lives by taking specific actions to stop life-threatening bleeding resulting from accidents, disasters or a mass casualty event.  A Public Service Announcement was made at the end of last week’s episode of “Code Black”.  Bleeding control kits—which include gloves, bleeding control dressing, and a tourniquet—were displayed and demonstrated in various episodes of the show and in the PSA.Screen Shot 2016-10-24 at 10.29.58 PM.pngThe campaign includes training and preparedness with bleeding control kits.  The classes are simple. Participants hear a short lecture about the benefits of bystander-bleeding training and watch a disturbing video produced by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department that demonstrates how to survive a public shooting.  Then they learn the two most effective ways to stop severe bleeding: packing wounds and applying tourniquets.

The campaign is also working to install bleeding control kits that contain gloves, gauze, tourniquets and other supplies in public places.  Link to instructional booklet.

The ‘Stop the Bleed’ campaign was initiated by a federal interagency workgroup convened by the National Security Council Staff, The White House. The purpose of the campaign is to build national resilience by better preparing the public to save lives by raising awareness of basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding following everyday emergencies and man-made and natural disasters. Advances made by military medicine and research in hemorrhage control during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have informed the work of this initiative which exemplifies translation of knowledge back to the homeland to the benefit of the general public. The Department of the Defense owns the ‘Stop the Bleed’ logo and phrase – trademark pending.

For more information, go to http://www.bleedingcontrol.org/

Save the Date- Redwood City/San Carlos CERT Winter Social

SAVE THE DATE: RWC/SC CERT – Winter Social, December 10, 2016

Family and friends are welcome, please save the date and join us for an evening to connect with other CERT members, enjoy a meal together and share some laughts. The Social Event Planning Committee is hard at work planning another amazing evening.

We hope you can join us.

Foster City CERT Victim Volunteers Needed

We have a request for assistance from one of our neighbor CERT groups, Foster City CERT is asking for moulage victims/volunteers for their Skills Day scheduled for Saturday, October 22nd.

“Victims” play an integral role in their drill allowing their students to utilize the skills they’ve learned . “Victims” will have make-up applied and will act out various scenarios one would encounter in a disaster.The drill will be held at the Foster City Fire Department. There are two shifts available, you may volunteer for one or both shifts.

Morning shift begins at 7:15am
Afternoon shift begins at 11:00am

Please contact Jan Brown, Foster City CERT at Jbrown2864@comcast.net if you wish to volunteer

Great California ShakeOut on October 20

Millions of people worldwide will practice how to Drop, Cover, and Hold On at 10:20 a.m. on October 20* during Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills, which began in California in 2008.

Participating is a great way for your family or organization to be prepared to survive and recover quickly from big earthquakes– wherever you live, work, or travel. ShakeOut is also a major activity of America’s PrepareAthon!shakeout_global_2016_poster_dontfreakout_color

San Carlos Art and Wine Faire

Our annual event at the annual San Carlos Art and Wine Faire last weekend went smoothly with the CERT booth.   On the warm side but a good turnout with suport from Redwood City/San Carlos Fire Department.  Photos have been posted to our CERT Photo Album.
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Sacramento CERT Vehicle

Spotted this CERT response vehicle at the California Capital Airshow in Sacramento a few weeks ago.  Very cool, but then Sacramento’s CERT budget probably dwarfs any of our Peninsula cities.  One can only hope…

Redwood City Port Fest Photos

I received some photos from the Port Fest event and have posted them to our CERT Photo Album,

Invitation- Stanford UIT CERT Drill

You are invited to join Stanford UIT CERT, and other CERTs from the peninsula region, in their annual 4-hour drill October 20th, 2016 from 09:00 – 13:00.  The location is centered around Forsythe Hall and the 14-acre area of operations for this exercise.

An ICP will be established, recon and triage teams will be deployed, damaged buildings will be assessed, hazards will be identified and victims will be transported and treated  at drill medical operations center.  A ham network will be set up to connect to the Bay Area.  The drill will culminate with a multiple victim extrication from a damaged building.

Parking passes will be made available for the Stanford campus.  Please direct your inquiries and questions to Matthew Ricks, who will be the drill incident commander.  RSVP to Matthew as well mricks@stanford.edu

San Carlos Home Protection Fair

The City of San Carlos invites you to this years “Home Protection Fair” this Sunday, October 2nd between 10 am and 2 pm.  The fair is located in the 600 block of Laurel Street between San Carlos Avenue and Cherry Street, right next to the “Farmer’s Market”.  The Fire Department will have “Kitchen Fire” demonstrations, along with exhibits by the City’s Public Works and Parks & Recreation Departments.  The Sheriff’s Office will be providing safety tips as well as the Office of Emergency Services.  Jump & Play Houses for the kids as well as vendor exhibits on alarms, lighting and emergency preparedness, pluss much, much more.  Hope to see you there…..