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.

DIY Under the Bed Kit

screen-shot-2017-02-17-at-8-55-46-amSome guidance on assembling some key items to stash under your bed, just in case…

Presentation: From Hepatitis A to Zika

From Hepatitis A to Zika:
Presented by: Dr. Tobi Schmidt, Ph.D., specializing in Microbiology and Immunology.

Date: Monday, March 13, 2017
Location: Veterans Memorial Building, 1455 Madison Ave., Redwood City  
Time: 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Join us, bring a friend to this presentation covering a community talk focused on infectious disease, vaccination, and disease prevention.  From Hepatitis A to Zika:  Your complete guide to staying infection-free. 

More details on the Redwood City/ San Carlos Activities page.

Save the Date: Silver Dragon Exercise

Belmont CERT, Silver DragonThe annual San Mateo County Public Health full scale Exercise. More details to follow.  A great way to practice all of your skills, from setting up an ICP, to communications, mapping, documentation, information sharing, attending a briefing, using your 214 forms and building a true “Community Emergency Response Team”  Belmont CERT team gets more usage with our MURS radios.

Date: Thursday April 13, 2017
Time: 7:30am to 12:30pm
Location: TBA