Belmont CERT, Neon is Live

Screen Shot.jpgBelmont CERT members, check your email for login information for the Neon system that was introduced at the March meeting by Brad Davis.  This new system will allow better management of the San Mateo, Foster City and Belmont CERT members.


March 2018 Belmont CERT Meeting Minutes

(Minutes provided by Capt Pat Halleran)

Coming Events-  They are in order of appearance (soonest first) – A separate RSVP email will be going out on these

> Carlmont High Sober Prom. Sober Prom will be at Carlmont High this year and the DUI Traffic Collision Simulation will be on Monday 4/16.  Briefing will be at the Police Dept. at 9:30am and the event will be from 10:40am – 12:00.  This will be similar to the event that was held at CHS in 2014 and at this point we are planning on having the Stanford LifeFlight Helo land on the baseball field adjunct to the Senior Lot, where the DUI Collision will be staged. This is a two-day event which is filmed and there is a school assembly the next day.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with Sober Prom, this is a link to the movie from last year’s event at Notre Dame High v=rZRG6mlHe3U

>Green Dawn Exercise. This is the replacement for Silver Dragon.  There will be three locations, North/Central/South.  We are in the Central Zone, which will take place at Coyote Point Park on Thursday 6/7 beginning at 8am.  The scenario is CERT members are helping out at a simulated charity foot race when there is a terrorist attack.  CERT Volunteers will provide first aid and light search & rescue until Fire/Rescue & PD arrive.

>Disaster Preparedness Day.  This year it is a “stand-alone” event not part of the County Fair.  It will be at the SMCo Event Center on 9/22 from 10am-4pm (approx.) There will be demonstrations and vendors with some type of CERT Skills Demo.

San Mateo Consolidated Fire Update: The planned merger of San Mateo, Foster City and Belmont Fire Departments is moving forward.  There has been a slight “hiccup” with the State retirement system (PERS), but all facets continue to move forward, including CERT.  As I have said before, we are going to consolidate CERT administrative functions in the new department, but each community will maintain their own CERT team.  The consolidation will allow us to use “economy of scale” for such things as more and varied trainings and events.

Foster City CERT Coordinator Brad Davis came to last night’s meeting and did a presentation on the Neon CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software, currently in use by FC CERT.  We will be using Neon (the name of the product) for all three CERT Teams in San Mateo Consolidated Fire.  As of now, all active Belmont CERT Volunteers have been loaded into Neon and the San Mateo volunteers will be in soon.  Within the next two weeks, you will be getting an email from Brad Davis, with the url for the site and a temporary login and password (both of which you change once you login).  Neon will have a calendar of events & trainings in all three cities and you can sign up through Neon for any that you want or need to take.  Neon will also help us track volunteer hours and automate a lot of the admin functions currently being done by hand.

As part of the move into the new SMCFD, the over-arching CERT Program will be adopting a by-law structure which is being developed from San Mateo’s current by-laws, Foster City’s Standard Operating Guidelines and Belmont’s Policy.  A copy of the draft by-laws will be sent out to you for your review and input.IMG_5296.jpg


CERT Changes Proposed for Redwood City

CERT preparedness is highlighted in this Climate Magazine article, but no mention of Redwood City FD’s intent to sacrifice their only Emergency Preparedness Coordinator due to budget cuts.  If approved, this would seriously impact both Redwood City and San Carlos preparedness outreach efforts, not to mention CERT effectiveness overall.

As a result of last year’s natural and man-made disasters, communities throughout the state are increasing their preparedness efforts which makes Redwood City unique in actively trying to curtail such efforts.
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Don’t let your CERT programs be treated this way, let your civic leaders in Redwood City and San Carlos know how you feel!

Correspondence to the entire Redwood City council may be sent to: or address them individually:

Mayor Ian Bain –
Vice Mayor Diane Howard-
Council Member Alicia C. Aguirre –
Council Member Janet Borgens –
Council Member Jeffrey Gee –
Council Member Shelly Masur –
Council Member John D. Seybert –
City Manager Melissa Stevenson Diaz-

Mayor Bob Grassilli-
Vice Mayor Cameron Johnson-
Council Member Matt Grocott-
Council Member Ron Collins-
Council Member Mark Olbert-


Daylight Savings Time Reminders

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Is It Time to Refill Your Emergency Kit?

Do you have emergency kits in your workplace, home or car? If so, how long ago did you buy it and when was the last time you checked it? While your kit may contain non-perishable items like a blanket, scissors, tape and bandages, a number of items do need to be replenished. Here is a blog post from SOS Products that lists common items found in emergency kits that need to be replaced periodically.

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Sandbag Locations and Other Storm Prep Resources

Now that we’re finally seeing some rain, here’s a reminder of where to pick up sandbags as well as storm preparation tips and emergency phone numbers:

To report downed wires or power lines, a power outage, a gas leak or other related emergency, call PG&E at (800) 743-5000. All other emergencies, call 911. 

To receive emergency alerts on road conditions, areas to avoid due to downed wires or trees, and other important communications in the event of a natural disaster, sign up for SMC Alert at

For those residents in need of food, shelter and other basic needs, emergency safety net assistance is available through our Human Services Agency listing of Core Services Agencies:

Suaoki Portable Power Station

The latest emergency power supply addition to our kit is the Suaoki S270 which will supplement our older Goal Zero Escape 150 units (see photos below).  Just like the Escape 150, the S270 has a power capacity of 150Watt-Hours but at a much smaller size and weight (3 lbs vs 13 lbs).  The S270 also uses lithium-ion batteries instead of the lead acid batteries in the GZ units which do have to be replaced periodically.  Two AC outlets and four USB ports and built-in LED lights make the S270 a compelling option for preparedness.  You can charge the S270 from an AC outlet, a car charger or from a solar panel.  My Escape units are always connected to solar panels to keep them at 100% level and I will explore how to get the solar panels to connect to the S270 since they use different connectors.  The S270 is available on Amazon for $140.

Goal Zero Escape 150 w/30W solar panel (left) and 15W panel (right)

Blackberry REACT: Ham 101, Emergency Communications

Saturday, February 24, 9:00 am – 11:00 am
First Baptist Church, 1100 Middle Ave, Menlo Park

This class is for the beginning HAM radio user. Whether you have your license yet or not, come to this class and learn the basic functions of your radio and the principles of emergency radio communications.

Blackberry REACT (local chapter – Mountain View) provides organizations with communications services when requested. These volunteer services allow them to serve the community, and to train and practice for major emergencies.

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Preparedness Tips for the Mobility Challenged

I read an article with preparedness tips for folks with mobility issues and wanted to pass along some information along with a link to the full article.

  • Store emergency supplies in a pack or backpack that can be attached to crutches, a walker, a wheelchair, or a scooter.
  • If you use a motorized wheelchair or scooter, consider having an extra battery available.
  • Practice giving clear, concise instructions regarding how to move you. Take charge and quickly explain to people how best to assist you.
  • Here is a link to Emergency Evacuation Preparedness by the Center for Disability Issues and the Health Professions


Sequoia HCA CERT Skills Day

The Skills Day for Sequoia High School’s Health Careers Academy (HCA) was held last Friday at RCFD Station 9.  Congrats to the HCA students that participated, and a bigger thanks to the senior students that took on the role of skills instructors.  I know I was impressed with how the student instructors gained confidence with each group and were pros by the end of the day.  Also thanks to the CERT volunteers that showed up on a weekday to get everything set-up and packed away afterwards.

Plenty of photos have been added to our CERT Photo Album.