Happy 35th to Captain Pat Halleran!

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Congratulations to Capt Halleran who celebrated 35 years with Belmont PD today!

The Right Gas Wrench For You

One point raised at the PG&E training recently conducted at the Belmont CERT meeting was the suitability of the gas shutoff wrench.   Frank Fraone demonstrated how some of the commercially available wrenches don’t fit the shutoff lug very well.                                   Belmont CERT, PG&E

There are different types of wrenches and I decided to test them on my own valve.  The fancy tool provided at the end of our CERT training did fit but was very loose.  A simple flat bar wrench fit very well.   PG&E recommends getting a cheap adjustable wrench, setting it for the right fit on your shutoff and have it hanging near the gas meter.  Even if it gets rusty, it will be already set for you. IMG_2667 IMG_2668

FREE eBOOK: Middle Ground Prepping – A Sensible Approach

Middle Ground Prepping – A Sensible Approach eBook Available September 2nd!unnamed

Jim Serre is proud to announce the launch of his new eBook. Learn how middle ground prepping can get you prepared without taking over your life.

Somewhere in between the fanatical preppers highlighted on the hit reality show “Doomsday Preppers” and the millions of Americans who have done nothing to assemble emergency supplies lies “middle ground prepping.”

Jim Serre has identified middle ground prepping as a concept that provides a measured and reasonable approach to preparing for impending emergencies or disasters in order to protect yourself and your family.

Middle Ground Prepping provides five well-defined steps that will allow you to develop a comprehensive emergency plan in a reasonable amount of time. By simply following the Planning, Acquiring, Responding, Training, and Evaluating steps you will experience considerable peace of mind and knowledge that your family is prepared to survive any disaster that may come your way. You can be a sensible prepper on your schedule without becoming obsessed with over-the-top preparedness notions and low probability theoretical disasters.

Mark your calendar and get your free copy on Wednesday, September 2nd at Amazon.com.

Amsterdam First Responders

On a recent trip to Europe, we were in Amsterdam and, ever since becoming a CERT, I like to photograph first responders while on travel, there was a an emergency response taking place during our after dinner walk.  Maybe it was a slow day because the responding units ranged from bicycle police to fire apparatus.  Photos have been posted to our Photo Album2015 DSC09249_RX100.

CalFire Map of Current Wildland Fire Activity

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Over 11,000 firefighters are battling 15 wildfires.

CAL FIRE recommends that all residents be prepared for wildfire by remembering “Ready, Set, Go!” Being “set” for a wildfire means that the public have a wildfire action plan that includes what items they would take if evacuated. Learn more about being “set” at www.ReadyForWildfire.org.

National Night Out 2015

It appears there was good public turnout at NNO events in Belmont and Redwood City.  Photos from both locations  have been posted to our Photo Album.IMG_5778

One topic being highlighted at the Belmont exhibit was our Local Hazard Mitigation Plan and folks were encouraged to go online and complete a Hazard Mitigation Survey.  To date 60 responses have been received.

Folks can go to this website and see what hazards FEMA has assessed for our city.

Belmont CERT – National Night Out 8/4/15

National Night out will take place at twelve locations in Belmont on Tuesday, Aug. 4.   Belmont CERT will have a booth at Carlmont Shopping Center (5:30-8:00).  Contact Capt. Pat Halleran (path@belmont.gov) if you wish to participate.IMG_1658 (1)

The purpose of the event, which began in the 1970s, is to highlight the need to make communities safer and to bring neighbors together to create unity within the streets.
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“The Really Big One” is Coming

I am not a normal reader of the New Yorker magazine, but a recent issue had an article we might want to read.  Titled “The Really Big One“, the author brings attention to a fault line running from Cape Mendocino to Vancouver Island and how this will be the site of a devastating earthquake.

One notable piece of information from the article is this guidance on estimating the magnitude of an earthquake:  “Seismologists know that how long an earthquake lasts is a decent proxy for its magnitude. The 1989 earthquake in Loma Prieta, California, which killed sixty-three people and caused six billion dollars’ worth of damage, lasted about fifteen seconds and had a magnitude of 6.9. A thirty-second earthquake generally has a magnitude in the mid-sevens. A minute-long quake is in the high sevens, a two-minute quake has entered the eights, and a three-minute quake is in the high eights. By four minutes, an earthquake has hit magnitude 9.0.”Map_6

This article link has in interview with a preparedness supply vendor who discusses how business has skyrocketed since the New Yorker article came out.

East Bay Quake

Folks in Fremont got a reminder that this is earthquake country and that everyday is earthquake season. Are you prepared? (iPhone app is EarthquakeLite)

June Belmont CERT Meetiing Minutes

Meeting minutes have been posted for the Jun 16th Belmont CERT Meeting (just in time for the July meeting)