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March 2019

March 2019

How time flies, especially from the shortest month of February to one of the longest months – March!  Traditionally, the longer the month the more time there is to fill our calendar with opportunities for awareness, education, participation, celebration!  There is something for everyone.  Millbrae CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP volunteers are requested to join-in several events.  Get ready to mark your calendar:

March 1:  Beginning of Woman’s History Month, National Nutrition Month, American Red Cross Month, Flood Safety Month, Fire Prevention Month and National Poison Prevention Awareness Month and   Employee Appreciation Day is celebrated on March 1st.

March 2: “Read Across America Day” and fittingly we wish Dr. Seuss a “Happy Birthday!”                                                  

March 2:  City of Millbrae Lunar New Year Celebration – Year of the Boar/Pig – 10am to 4pm  Millbrae Civic Center Plaza -- PARADE through Downtown begins at 11am—LEND/CERT/MARC Volunteers still needed:  Please email Dino asap  with your availability.                                                  

March 3:  Save Your Vision Week begins through March 9.                                                                                                      

March 5:  CERT Class #7 – David Chetcuti Community Room – Volunteers needed.                                                                

March 7:  MARC Meeting – Millbrae Library Room B – 6:45pm  

March 10:  DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIMES BEGINS – SET CLOCKS 1 HOUR AHEAD                                                                                                                                                

March 14: LEND RADIO NET – 7:00pm – 7:30pm                                                                                                                              

March 16: CERT SKILLS DAY – 8:00AM – 3:30PM – CCFD Millbrae Fire Station 37 – Volunteers Needed                                                                                                                         

March 17: St. Patrick’s Day                                                                                                                                                                     

March 17: National Poison Prevention Week thru 3/23                                                                                                                

March 20: Spring Begins!                                                                                                                                                                     

March 31: Cesar Chavez Day                                                                                                    

Notes: American Red Cross Presents “Shelter Fundamentals” Classes 3/23 or 4/18 – Contact the Burlingame Parks & Recreation Department for specific information and to register: (650) 558-7300.                               

“Shelter Operations” Classes 3/07, 3/13, 3/19, 3/26 To register:                 

Note both are “free” classes CERT’s welcome.


“Wherever a man turns, he can find someone who needs him.” (Albert Schweitzer)      Thank you to our Fire Fighters, Law Enforcement Officers and All First Responders

Submitted by:  Marge Colapietro, Volunteer – Millbrae LEND-CERT Public Information Officer

Posted by : Lee, Alex Posted on :03/22/2019

February 2019

February 2019 CERT Newsletter                                                                                                        

February is the shortest month of the year and yet those of us who are CERT, LEND, MARC, SVIP volunteers with the Millbrae/CCFD Emergency Preparedness program seem to be kept quite busy with various types of events in Millbrae and with our CCFD partner cities and SMC OES programs.

Our Volunteer Coordinator Dino DeRanieri reports that our active members gave a total of 2,413.25 hrs. of service in CY 2018 – another year of amazing dedication and work from our team!  “There isn’t a person anywhere who isn’t capable of doing more than he (or she) thinks (they) can.”  Henry Ford.

January began with the Winter CERT Training Classes presented by the City of Millbrae and Central County Fire Department (CCFD).  A pre-planning meeting consisting of 15 volunteers was held on January 15th at CCFD Millbrae Fire Station 37.  The first of eight classes began on January 22nd during which a total of 28 “new” students were present, a majority are Millbrae residents, and… and…and…18 of our Millbrae volunteers answered the “call for help.” Oh, what a night it was!  It must have been the hot apple cider and popcorn!  Again, Dino welcomed everyone and introduced Captain Lanty Molloy the CCFD Liaison.  All new students took their Oath of Office, led by Captain Molloy, in preparation for completing the classes on Skills Day – March 16th.   CERT CLASS 2 was a full house.  Dino’s Assistant Coordinator – Villiami Dauwe led the Critical Incident Debriefing (CID).  A portion of the class was presented by CCFD Chris Wettstein.  Millbrae’s Jean Perry – the Lead Volunteer Trainer led the 5 Skills Stations and was assisted by our volunteers.  We need volunteers at all classes – a good time to refresh our training skills.  You’ll be able to access the CERT Class Schedule on the City’s website:

San Mateo County provided a list of Resources and Information (Updated 1/24/2019) for Federal Employees who are struggling to pay bills and feed their families due to the ongoing partial federal government shutdown.  The list consists of both public agencies and nonprofit partners who are offering services to those impacted.  The SMC website provides specific details and includes information on how the shutdown impacts our County and the thousands of clients who depend on SMC for essential services.  If you and/or anyone you know need assistance please refer them to below agenies:

Financial Assistance:  San Mateo Credit Union, Navy Federal Credit Union                                                                                                                                                                                

Unemployment Benefits:  Employment Development Department

Food Assistance:  Second Harvest Food Bank, CalFresh

Emergency Housing, Utility Assistance and More:  SMC Human Services Agency, CORE Services Agency

Transportation Assistance:  SMC Transit District, Caltrain

Mark Your February Calendar For:

1:            National Freedom Day                                                                                                                                                             

2:          CPR Saturday – CERT Volunteers 8am to 12Noon, Caroline Shea Center (refer to Dino’s previous email for instructions)                                                                                               

(Note from MARC President John Fehrn:  For those Club members not helping at the Millbrae CERT booth, if you want to lend a hand at the Radio Club booth you are more than welcome. We will have a “Go Box” radio on display with some other HAM stuff.”

3:            Super Bowl Sunday – “GO TEAM!”  I’m for LA RAMS – I know the Quarterback!

4:           Rosa Parks Day – thank you dear Rosa from all of the women in our USA!

5:            Chinese New Year – Year of Pig (or Boar) – Gung Hay Fat Choy to All!


12:          Abraham Lincoln ‘s Birthday, 16th President of USA


14:         MARC RADIO NET 7:30PM

14:          Valentine’s Day

18:          President’s Day Holiday (Lincoln and Washington)

22:          George Washington’s Birthday, 1st President of USA

*Red Cross Shelter Operations – Multiple Dates Available in 2019: Partner Agency Shelter Ops Training

To one and all of our Firefighters, Law Enforcement Officers and First Responders: “Real heroes don’t wear capes.  REAL SUPERHEROES WEAR UNIFORMS, BADGES AND STETHOSCOPES!”   -- Dean Cain, 2018    We thank you for your dedicated service to us!

Submitted by:  Marge Colapietro, Volunteer                                                                                                                                

LEND-CERT Newsletter Editor/Public Information Officer       

Posted by : Lee, Alex Posted on :03/22/2019

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