Six Month Checklist:


Inaugural East Palo Alto Community Emergency Drill

baWe have received an invitation from Menlo Park CERT  join them for the inaugural East Palo Alto (EPA) Community Emergency Drill with CERT first responders, EPA resident volunteers and organizations. The exercise will be held March 18.  This is an opportunity to meet other area CERTs and to work with members of the East Palo Alto community.  
The goal of the drill is to practice three core capabilities of organization/ operations coordination (with multiple response groups), information collection and effective communications (both internally and externally).
Drill activities will include SMC Alert activation (at the site), ICP setup, and setup and deployment of Operations, Logistics, Medical Operations and Communications units.  We will engage in area reconnaissance, area damage assessment, triage/transport and medical treatment.  A number of response-required injects will also be included.
More details can be found on the Meeting/Activities page.

Belmont City Manager’s Weekly Update- NDNU Class

Another mention of the Belmont CERT activity in the City Manager’s Weekly report.  Thanks to all that participated, especially the CERT volunteers.

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Redwood City/ San Carlos CERT Skills Day

Another successful Skills Day training was conducted last weekend at RCFD Station 9.  Congratulations to the newest graduates and  a big thanks to all the volunteers that showed up to make it all happen.  Photos from the day have been posted to the CERT Photo Album.2017_DSC01074_RX100.jpg

How High Can You Crib?

Having taught the CERT Search & Rescue module twice this month, and having seen the new cribbing video, raised some questions for me.
The video shows this for the maximum height:screen-shot-2017-02-23-at-3-42-52-pmResearching this some more, I found this (note the web strap handles):
slide_6Looking around online, it seems not everyone follows the guidance-
then I found this reference to NEW FEMA cribbing guidelines:Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 10.54.09 PM.png


February Belmont CERT Meeting

A this month’s meeting Capt Halleran went over the following topics:
> Belmont Creek flood warnings- NWS Flood Monitoring website
> CERT training conducted for NDNU staff
> Silver Dragon XI exercise planned for 4/20/17
> Disaster Preparedness Day will be at the San Mateo County Fair 6/10/17

Main presentation was a refresher review of the Light Search & Rescue module.img_9697-1IMG_9700.jpg
A new cribbing video was presented.

NDNU Campus CERT Class of 2017

Congratulations to the NDNU CERT graduates!  Also thanks to Pat Halleran and Matt Lucett for facilitating and instructional duties for this group of NDNU staff.   Additional thanks to the CERT volunteers that helped each week with class activities.  Hopefully we’ll have some new blog readers.  Photos posted on our CERT Photo Album.

Elide Fire Suppression Ball

A Thailand company has reinvented the mousetrap with respect to fire extinguishers.  Their product is a ball that one simply throws/rolls into a fire and the heat causes the dry-chemical filled ball to explode and put out the fire.  Suitable for type A/B/C/E/K fires. Check out the video below.  Amazon has them for $120 ea.

Cribbing Techniques and Pilot Rescue

Cribbing techniques were utilized in the rescue of the pilot from a plane crash this weekend in New Jersey.  Support struts, wood cribbing and airbags can be seen. 

Preparedness Tips

Here is a link to a site of preparedness tips I stumbled across.