Christmas Tree Safety Tips 

Happy Thanksgiving!

May none of your emergency preparedness skills need exercising this holiday weekend.  (But keep an extinguisher handy, just in case…)

San Mateo County Sandbag Information

For those who have not seen the OES website (see links at right), there is good information contained within.   Preparedness info can be found on the “All Hazards” page.  With El Nino closing in on us, I’ve added previous posts regarding sandbag resources for Belmont and Redwood City.  Here is a complete listing of sandbag locations for all of San Mateo County.Screen Shot 2015-11-20 at 9.42.44 PM.png

Belmont November CERT Meeting

This month’s meeting started off with a birthday cake for none other than our own Capt. Halleran, celebrating an unstated number of years.  Thanks to Tim W for providing the delicious cake.

The November meeting discussed two upcoming events:
-Belmont Fire Department’s annual Santa Visit & Toy Drive at Station 14, scheduled for Thursday, Dec 17 (see flyer)
-Belmont CERTs have also been invited to the Redwood City/San Carlos CERT’s Annual Winter Social event (see earlier post for info)

Hayman Tam then presented a briefing on the role and responsibilities of an ICS Safety Officer, based on a training class he attended at Menlo Park FD earlier this year.

CERT Winter Social

Join us at our Annual Party….2012 IMG_1002_SX230

It is that time of year to get dressed up…
Enjoy a great dinner…Share some laughs and build our Team!!!

A special night made possible by the CERT Social Event Planning Team.

Date: Sunday December 13, 2015
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Place: Community Activities Building, 1400 Roosevelt Avenue,
Redwood City

We invite you to bring a guest.
Please note in your RSVP, total attending: 1 or 2.
Please RSVP by Dec 9,  to

Join us and dress up or dress down, for our annual night to meet members, share laughs and build our team!!!

Evening Agenda
6:30 to 7:00– Meet and Greet, Music, Appetizers & Refreshments
7:00 to 9:00– Dinner, Slide Show & Awards Recognition

Deliciously prepared by local Gourmet Chiefs
Selections include:
Main Dish: Chicken or Pork Loin or Vegetarian
Side Dishes: Roasted veggies, Pasta, Green Salad, Garlic Bread, Fresh rolls
& Dessert 

NOTE: Please plan to bring an appetizer or dessert to share, serving 4-6 people.  Please use the list below as a guide.  If your last name falls into one of these groups:
A-L, bring an appetizer,
M-Z, please bring a dessert.

Booth Help Needed for Redwood City Hometown Holidays

Each year on the first Saturday of December, Redwood City’s Downtown Business group throws a party in celebration of the Holiday Season! There will be a parade, entertainment, ice sculptures, snow and Santa Claus.

The Redwood City Downtown Business Group will present the Annual Children’s Festival and Special Effect Light Show Spectacular, downtown, starting at 10 a.m.  Rain or Shine! FREE admission!


We need a CERT Team to Set Up, Talk Up and break down our 10’x10′ space.  Let Carol Corden know what time we can count on you. Choose 8am-11am; 11am-2pm; or 2pm-5pm. RSVP Email:

CERT Presentation at Local Company

Kudos to Carol C for spreading CERT awareness in the community.  She set up a display table at Saba Software here in Redwood Shores and coordinated a visit from Redwood City Fire Department.  Nice work, Carol!

Open Position for CERT Web Content Assistant

Redwood City FD is currently in need of updating their CERT web content.  This volunteer position does not require any web programming skills, but does require individuals with who are skilled in written communication and organization.  If you are interested in improving CERT’s public presence, please submit an email of interest to  In your email, please include your CERT experience as well as a brief background on your experience regarding written communications, website content flow and organization.  Please also include a sample of your writing style.  Thank you for your interest!Screen Shot 2015-11-03 at 9.19.21 PM

Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Checks !!!

With the need to turn your clocks back one hour, the Belmont Fire Protection Department wants to remind everyone to be sure to change the batteries in both your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout your homes. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), two-thirds of home fire deaths in the United States result from fires in homes without a working smoke alarm. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors are one of the cheapest ways to protect your family in the event of a fire or accidental release of carbon monoxide gas.
But that protection is only possible when these units are kept in proper working order, and when everyone in your family knows what each of them sounds like and how family members should respond.  Every month, you should test each detector to make sure they are working properly. Simply press the test button located on the face of each unit and wait for the beep. Every six months, conveniently when you change the clocks in your home, change the batteries in both types of detectors.

For more information on how to install and maintain smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, here is a flyer,  any further questions, please contact Belmont Fire Dept at (650) 595-7492.

(p.s., this is also a good time to give your fire extinguishers a few shakes to keep the powder from compacting at the bottom)

Redwood City Sandbags & Storm Preparedness Information

The City of Redwood City is offering free sandbags and an opportunity to “Fill Your Own Sandbags” for free to Redwood City residents.  Stop by the Public Works Corporation Yard at 1400 Broadway to pick up or fill your own sandbags. This service is available at all hours to residents before and during a storm.  Here is a Redwood City Storm Preparation flyerScreen Shot 2015-10-31 at 8.56.22 AM.
For more information or questions, contact Public Works at (650) 780-7464