September Belmont Meeting

At the September meeting, Captain Halleran reviewed the upcoming volunteer opportunities available to us:
– SFO Emergency Drill 10/12
– San Mateo Train Accident Simulation- 11/17
– Red Cross Home Fire Prevention Campaign, November date TBA

We also heard about our own team member, Cindy B, who was visiting the Oregon coast when she spotted an unconscious man in the surf below.  Cindy was able to organize a rescue effort, directing those willing to help (apparently not everyone wants to be a good samaritan).  Kudos to Cindy for her efforts in saving this person.

The meeting concluded with everyone participating in a CERT game developed by Anaheim CERT.  There were ten numbered signs posted around the station, each containing a QR code. Starting at #1, you scan the barcode which brings up a CERT scenario on your smartphone.  Depending on the decision made, you are then directed to one of the other signs.  It wasn’t perfected but still a good refresher.  Meeting photos have been uploaded to our CERT Photo album.

Second Location for HAM Training

For those of you interested in taking the course locally, please see the additional course information below, provided by fellow Redwood City/San Carlos CERT members, Nika and Lindsay (thank you for passing along this great training opportunity).

Course Flyer: Flyer.pdf

Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 08:00AM
Chetcuti Room, 450 Poplar Avenue,
Millbrae CA, 94030

Info/Signup: php?option=com_seminar&Itemid= 59

The study session begins at 8:00 AM. The exam on the material starts at 4:00 P.M. 
Location/site details and logistics:

One Day HAM Certification Class

The Benicia Amateur Radio Club (BARC), partnering with the Benicia Fire Department and the Benicia Emergency Response Team (BERT) will be conducting a One-Day Ham Radio licensing class for members of its CERT program, and for any other CERT jurisdiction team members.   The class will be held this Saturday, September 24 in Benicia.

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SFO Emergency Exercise

Go to the Belmont Activities link for detailed information regarding the 2016 SFO Annual Emergency Exercise to be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.  An air crash will be simulated and volunteers are needed to play the parts of Air Crash Victims, and Family & Friends of Air Crash Victims.  Open to all area CERT volunteers.

Belmont CERT Meeting Tuesday

Just a reminder, the September monthly meeting is this Tuesday, 9/20 at 7pm in the Training Room at Station 14.  On the agenda are some updates on upcoming events (SFO Exercise and a Caltrain Exercise in SM) and a new CERT Game developed in Southern CA that we will take a look at (note: we will need a couple of people with QR Code readers on their Smart Phones.

No Redwood City/San Carlos CERT Meeting Tonight

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Fire Extinguisher Servicing Event

Today was the fire extinguisher servicing event organized by San Mateo Highlands CERT.  Apparently this was the third time this annual event was conducted and there seemed to be a good turnout.  A demonstration/training station was set up nearby for folks to brush up on their extinguisher technique.  I brought an older empty extinguisher for refilling and learned that I had a top of the line brand (Amerex), many of the low-cost extinguishers available on the market (Costco, Home Depot) are not intended for servicing.  More photos are online at the CERT Photo Album.


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CERT Kit Equipment Upgrades

As we all know, technology is constantly advancing which provides me a decent rationale to keep upgrading.  We’ve had our LifeGear spotlights as part of our CERT kits for over five years or so and I had been keeping an eye out on newer gear.  Meet the Rayovac Model DIYBEAM-B spotlight ($14 on Amazon).  Like the LifeGear lights, the new one also runs on four AA batteries (actually it requires ‘C’ batteries but I’m using battery adapters) but puts out 150 lumens on high (50 on low) compared to the 60 lumen rating of the older light.  The new light is also quite rugged, rated for a drop of 15 feet and waterproof as well.  The old lights will be retired from the car kits and will become part of our home kits.