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January 2019

CERT Newsletter – January 2019

A new year and a new day have dawned as you read our first CERT Newsletter of 2019.  It’s so natural and understandable to ask the question “how has 2018 passed so quickly?”  We may reason that the busier we are the faster time flies.  Our Millbrae LEND, CERT, MARC and SVIP volunteers are known for always making time to serve our community even during times when we think we can’t do “just one more thing.” 

Patrick Lindsay writes in his book “Make the Most of You” – “Volunteers are rewarded handsomely.  Not with money, but with satisfaction and gratitude:  the satisfaction of knowing they have improved their world; the gratitude from those whose lives they have helped.  Whatever you give a as volunteer is returned with incalculable interest.”  Albert Schweitzer adds strength to Lindsay’s observation by reminding us that “wherever a man turns, he can find someone who needs him. 

That said, January gives us a great beginning to renew our commitment to our community with the launch of the CITY OF MILLBRAE and CCFD CERT Training CLASSES.  We know from experience that providing this program to our residents and business persons is invaluable during times when disasters occur.  The more community members who take the classes the stronger we become as a well-prepared community ready to step-up when called upon when our first responders are dealing with the most major incidents in the community and beyond. 

Our Millbrae Volunteer Emergency Preparedness Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri is requesting that as many previously CERT trained volunteers please come to the classes to assist with training. It is also a great time to renew and refresh our skills.  PLEASE OPEN THE ATTACHED CLASS SCHEDULE AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR TO PARTICIPATE – WHEN YOU SIGN-IN YOU RECEIVE CREDIT FOR YOUR TIME!

Please also encourage your family members, friends and neighbors to sign-up for the classes.  Pre-registration is required, and the link is shown at the bottom of the class calendar.

Additional Happenings:                                                                                                                                                                         

 Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve – Please Party Responsibly                                                                                                                        

Jan. 1:  Happy New Year of 2019                                                                                                                                                         

Jan. 1:  New Driving Laws Begin                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

Jan. 3:  MARC meeting, 1845 hrs., Millbrae Library Rm. “B.”                                                                                                          

Jan. 8:  CCFD “Get Ready” Class, 6:30pm-9:30om, Burlingame Corp. Yard, 1361 Carolyn Ave.                                              

Jan. 10:  Millbrae LEND Radio Net, 7pm-7:30pm.                                                                                                                              

Jan. 10:  Millbrae MARC Radio Net, 7:30pm                                                                                                                                       

Jan. 19:  Millbrae Senior Health Faire, 9am-1pm, Millbrae Interim Rec Center– FREE EVENT!                                            

Jan. 21:  Martin Luther King Holiday                                                                                                                                                                                     

Jan. 22:  CERT Training Class No. 1, 6:30pm-9pm, Millbrae Interim Rec Center, Great Rm.                                                      

Jan. 29:  CERT Training Class No. 2, 6:30pm-9pm, David Chetcuti Community Room

We wish to thank the City of Millbrae City Manager – Tom Williams for his assistance to ensure a special CERT page has been created on the City’s website dedicated to our CERT Emergency Preparedness Programs.  The upcoming Training Class Schedule is posted on the site.  The current issue of the Millbrae Recreation Winter Guide also dedicated a full page to the schedule.  Copies of the schedule were also posted in the various City windows at the Millbrae Library and Central Park.

We encourage our readers to visit the City of Millbrae website for important information posted on December 24, 2018: “Take These Steps to Protect Your Home While Away.”  These five precautions can also apply anytime you leave you’re away.

We also refer you to:  for information on:  Winterizing Your Home, to Sign Up for Winter Weather Warnings, Preparing for and Surviving Power Outages, Recognizing Frostbite, Celebrating Safety With Your Family, Pet Safety Preparedness, Avoiding Hypothermia and Driving Safely During Winter.

LouAnne Williams and Olga Crowe, SMC Red Cross Bay Area Chapter sent a lovely note to the Millbrae Team who volunteered to participate in the December 8th Home Fire Event Alarm Installation Event.  There were 127 smoke alarms installed in 32 homes by 67 total volunteers – among them from Millbrae:  Jean Perry Verley, Robert Miller and Robert Morris.  We also add our thanks to them for ensuring a Millbrae presence at this important fire safety endeavor – kudos one and all!

We encourage you to open the below attachment: TAKE NOTICE INTERVIEWS – January 17 – December 12, 2018.  This is a list of MCTV interviews completed during this year.  You may not have heard about the TAKE NOTICE shows.  You’ll notice that many are relative to current Public Safety issues.  We are fortunate to attract expert professionals as guests.  The shows can be seen on Comcast Cable Channel 27, ATT Cable Channel 99, on MCTV YouTube page, and MCTV Facebook page.  Each interview runs between 15- 20 minutes.  We hope you’ll LIKE the productions.  If you have suggestions for additional topics, please email me directly:  -- MCTV is “our” community channel and we strive to provide programming that meets your expectations.   MCTV also encourages anyone who would like to make a video to please contact  Your viewership shows your support for our media partner – MCTV!

Our Volunteer Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri and other members of the Volunteer Leadership Team wish you and your families a Happy New Year and hope that 2019 will be all that you hope for.

Submitted by:  Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                          

Volunteer, Millbrae LEND-CERT                                                                                                                                                           

Public Information Officer

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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :01/01/2019

December 2018

Our December 2018 newsletter begins with some very special messages from some of our community leaders who have taken their time to express their gratitude to all our Millbrae Emergency Preparedness CERT, LEND Radio, MARC and SVIP volunteers.

Thank you to all volunteers in our Emergency Preparedness Programs for your exemplary work throughout this year.  Your dedication to help keep Millbrae a well-prepared, safe and strong community is commendable and noticed by many, even by those beyond our borders.  You have made Millbrae’s sun shine much brighter.”  -  Gina Papan, Mayor

“Thank you for your commitment to the City of Millbrae and for the countless hours you spend on training and preparing for when disasters will strike our community.  You play a vital role in the community and will be an essential resource when emergencies occur.  I am privileged to be your City Manager and am always available to provide support to you and the Emergency Preparedness Program mission.  Your volunteerism never goes unnoticed.  Happy Holidays with wishes for a safe and wonderful Holiday season.”  – Tom Williams, City Manager

“Another amazing year of service and dedication is coming to a close.  I want to take this opportunity to express thanks to all of those involved in the City of Millbrae Emergency Preparedness Programs – CERT, LEND Radio, MARC and SVIP.  I commend the entire leadership team and the longtime dedication of Volunteer Coordinator and Millbrae Man of the Year Dino DeRanieri.  Our community is made more resilient and our program stronger because of the genuine on-going commitment and presence of our volunteers at training sessions, OES Drills and Millbrae community events.  It is a joy for CCFD to witness the outstanding service of the amazing women and men in the Millbrae Emergency Preparedness Program.  On behalf of the CCFD we extend our heartfelt gratitude to each and all of you.  We wish you and your families a Happy Holiday Season and we look forward to continuing our partnerships in the upcoming year.”  - John Kammeyer, Fire Chief Central County Fire Department

“I want to thank all of you for your service and wish you all a Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and Happy Holidays.  I have the utmost respect and admiration for our volunteers and for the great work you do on behalf of our community.  I look forward to an excellent relationship with all of you as your new Chief of Police.  Our community is safer and stronger because of you.  We appreciate your efforts and sacrifices.  Alone we are strong, but together we are invincible.”  -  Paul Kunkel, Police Chief

“The County of San Mateo Office of Emergency Services (OES) is very grateful to have the City of Millbrae CERT, LEND Radio, MARC and SVIP volunteers as an important link I our overall disaster preparedness programs.  We are very thankful for your on-going growth and service to your community and to our County.  The Millbrae team is well-trained and dependable. We always look forward to your participation in OES events and practice drills hen called upon.  We wish your Millbrae Volunteer Coordinator Dino DeRanieri, the entire volunteer team and your families a very Happy and Safe Holidays Season.”  - Bill Reilly, OES Coordinator City of Millbrae


“I and the members of the Millbrae CERT, LEND Radio, MARC and SVIP leadership teams extend our sincere gratitude to each and all of you for your on-going support and participation in our Millbrae Disaster Preparedness Programs.  Your time, talents and selfless volunteering are what makes you vital and special in the public safety arena of our community.  Millbrae is a very diverse community having many unique stories and different traditions during the Holiday Season.  Our commonality is that when we celebrate during this time of year our hearts are united in wishing each other happiness and peace.   We also extend our gratitude to all of the women and men of CCFD, SMC Sheriff’s Department, SMC OES, SMC Public Health Dept. and the City of Millbrae who get us where we need to be as disaster preparedness volunteers.  May the Spirit of the Season, Joy and Peace be your treasure.”  -   Dino DeRanieri, Volunteer Disaster Preparedness Coordinator

News You Can Use:

Text 911 for Help:  If you live in SMC, you can now TET emergency requests and notifications to local law enforcement and fire response agencies using cellular text messaging.  When using the system:  Provide exact location of emergency;  Be concise in telling dispatcher what emergency is;  Do not use abbreviations, emojis or slang.  This is one additional tool the SMC Sheriff’s Office and Central County Fire are using to better serve and protect Millbrae.

City of Millbrae Sandbag Stations UPDATE:  Millbrae Public Works crews have established a sandbag station at Millbrae Avenue, near the Skate Park.  Sandbags and shovels are on site and available for use.  Please DO NOT TAKE SHOVELS FROM THE STATION.

Thank you, City of Millbrae for establishing a page for CERT CLASSES.  The 2019 winter CERT Training Class Schedule is posted on the site – be sure to share with neighbors/friends and encourage them to attend the “free” classes.  Pre-registration is required and the link is posted at very bottom of the flier:                                              

Important Events:

12/01:  Holiday Party for Kids – Millbrae Train Station Museum 11am-2pm                                                             

12/01:  City Christmas Tree Lighting Party – Millbrae City Hall 5:00pm                                                                      

12/02:  Hanukkah Begins at Sundown                                                                                                                             

12/06:  MARC Meeting                                                                                                                                                         

12/11:  Mayor/Vice Mayor Rotation – Council Chamber 7:00pm                                                                                                                                                       

12/13:  LEND Radio Net – 7:00pm to 7:30pm                                                                                                                

12/13:  MARC Radio Net                                                                                                                                                       

12/25:  Christmas Day                                                                                                                                                           

12/31:  New Year’s Eve – BE SAFE AND BE RESPONSIBLE

Prepared By:  Marge Colapietro, Volunteer                                                                                                                    

LEND-CERT Public Information Officer

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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :12/01/2018

November 2018

“The year has turned its circle; the seasons come and go.  The harvest all is gathered in and chilly north winds blow.  Orchards have shared their treasures, the fields, their yellow grain, so open wide the doorway Thanksgiving comes again!”  -- Author Unknown.

We begin November in the true spirit of the season – giving thanks.  Our Volunteer Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Dino DeRanieri expresses “thanks to all of our CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP volunteers for the outstanding participation you have given to the Millbrae community during 2018.  All the accolades we have received from Tom Williams – Millbrae Interim City Manager, CCFD Fire Chief John Kammeyer, Millbrae Police Bureau Chief Paul Kunkel, Bill Reilly – Millbrae Bureau Emergency Services Coordinator SMC OES, the many community service organizations with whom we participated in events and yes even SMC OES Staff, SMC Health Department and Red Cross – are all because of each and all of YOU!  YOU are among the most generous and sacrificing volunteers we could ask for.  YOU are the ones to help make a positive difference in the safety and vitality to the Millbrae community in many ways – thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU.

Speaking of giving thanks we want to honor those also in service to our community – hint from Kurt Vonnegut -- “I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.”  We thank CCFD Firefighters “for putting your life on the line to keep us and our community safe.  We are so thankful for your commitment, dedication and service.  Our prayers remain with you as you faithfully serve in harm’s way.”  You are our heroes.

Police Officers “must spend their day wearing a gun.  The weight of this object is not only a physical stress upon the body, it’s an emotional stress upon the mind and hearts – knowing that at any time they might have to step in and save a life in danger – perhaps their very own life.  Let’s appreciate our Cops.”  (Whole Truth Project).  Thank you, Millbrae Police Bureau Sheriff, Chief and Deputies, – you also are our heroes.

To all other First Responders thank you for your courage and sacrifice.  You are our heroes.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

November Happenings:                                                                                                                                                                        

FEMA announces November-Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month                                                                                                                                                                           

1st:          MARC Meeting - Millbrae Library Room “B” – 1845 hrs.                                                                                                 

4th:          Daylight Saving Time Ends – set clocks back one hour                                                                                                       

6th:         ELCTION DAY                                                                                                                                                                             

8TH:         LEND RADIO NET – 7:00 PM – Channel 1 – Be sure to charge radio                                                                               

10th:       U.S. Marine Corps Birthday – “Happy Birthday Marines – Thank you for your service!”                                                                                                

11th:       Veteran’s Day – Thank you for your service!                                                                                                                      

22nd:       Thanksgiving Day                                                                                                                                                                     

24th:       Small Business Saturday – Help Support Millbrae Businesses                                                                                                                                                                       

Submitted by:  Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                       

Volunteer Millbrae LEND-CERT                                                                                                                             

Public Information Officer                                                                                                                  

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