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September 2018

Today, the dawn of the first day of September, comes as a reminder that this day is the beginning of the
last month of summer. Many of us ask ourselves the same question every year – how has time passed
so quickly? We may tend to reason that time really isn’t passing quickly it’s just that we keep ourselves
so busy that we don’t pay too much attention to each passing day. Patrick Lindsey, author of “Make the
Most of You” wrote: “Always strive to leave things better than you found them. Make this a central
theme in your approach to life. It will set you apart from those satisfied with the status quo; from those
who surf along with the crowd; and from those who lack the imagination to aim for greatness.”

September is National Preparedness Month and provides an opportunity to remind us that we all must
prepare ourselves and our families now and throughout the year. The 2018 theme is: “DISASTERS
HAPPEN. PREPARE NOW. LEARN HOW.” FEMA reminds us to learn lifesaving skills (CPR and First Aid),
check insurance policies and coverage for the hazards you may face (floods, earthquakes and tornados),
and consider the costs associated with disasters and save for an emergency, know how to take practical
safety steps like shutting off water and gas.

September gives us an opportunity to CELEBRATE what brings out the very best in all of us: Labor Day
on September 3rd – recalls the American labor movement, it’s economic and social achievements and for
many the last day to celebrate all the best of what summertime brought to us. September 9 th is a dual
celebration of both Grandparents Day and California Admission Day. September 11 th is Patriot’s Day
and since 2001 has been designated as a National Day of Service and Remembrance” when we are
called upon to provide acts of service in our communities –every act of kindness is an act of generosity,
keeps us human and we are gifted and comforted to know that “it is in giving that we receive.” I is also
a day to remember all of those who were victims of the horrific attacks at the World Trade Center in
New York, those who survived and who live with the nightmares and scars of that day. It is also a day
when ALL OF OUR FIRST RESPONDERS ARE HONORED for their bravery in carrying-out the duties they
willingly took an oath to uphold, no matter what. We give thanks to all who, in one way or another,
whether in New York or in MILLBRAE always remain READY.

Mid-month on September 15th is designated as National Clean-Up Day a time when we can join with
family and friends to help “clean-up” special places in our neighborhoods and community that may be
forgotten. September 17th is known as Constitution and Citizenship Day followed on the 18th with
Happy Birthday U.S. Air Force” to those who are serving and have served to help keep us safe in the
Land of the Free and the Brave. September 21st - PEACE DAY is POW’s and MIA Recognition Day.
AUTUM begins on September 22 nd and culminates on September 30 th honoring “Gold Star Mother’s DAY.

Millbrae Emergency Preparedness Happenings:
9/01 -- 9/02: CERT Booth at Art & Wine Festival in front of Starbucks next to CCFD
9/06 – SMC OES “Yellow Command Drill” 8am: Volunteers meet at Millbrae Library for Briefing
9/06 – MARC Meeting, MARC Radio Net – 9/13, 9/20, 9/27
9/13 -- LEND Monthly Radio Net 7:00pm
9/18 -- New Millbrae Community Center- Open House 4pm-7pm Library; 7pm-9:30pm Temp Com. Ctr.
9/22 ---SMC OES Annual Family Disaster Preparedness Day 10am-4pm SMC Event Center

FEMA: “You are the help until the help arrives -- Five steps that may save a life:”

  • Call 9-1-1 and provide your specific location.
  • Stay safe. Protect the injured from harm. Move them away from any danger.
  • Stop the bleeding with firm, direct pressure, or a tourniquet.
  • Position the injured. Let someone who is conscious position themselves. Put an unconscious
    person into the recovery position.
  • Provide comfort to the injured. Keep them warm and offer encouragement.

“How wonderful it is that nobody
need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world”

(ANNE Frank)

Submitted by:
Marge Colapietro
Millbrae LEND-CERT
Newsletter Editor

Disaster Preparedness Day Information Flier
CCFD Millbrae 2019 CERT Training Class Schedule

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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :08/30/2018

August 2018

Millbrae CERT August 2018 Newsletter

Greetings to all Community Emergency Response Team Members and to all of those who assist us in being well prepared to work as teams when disasters occur. Each day for the past several months our State has been under seige by massive winds and fires that continue to take lives and property from us. We think about what these relentless on-going disasters would be like if not for all of the very brave women and men – men and women, working 24 hour shifts day after day into the darkness of night after night to save as many lives as they are able all the while struggling to stop the fierce burning flames from spreading.
Please, let’s take a moment to remember the fatalities, the living injured and every first responder team in CCFD and the other cities and towns in San Mateo County, our region and our Nation who have journeyed to California and to other states in peril. Let us also remember the hundreds of first responders who backfill the stations at home, the families and the loved ones who themselves are making sacrifices. Lord, please keep everyone safe. A simple thought …..

“Man’s finest hour is the moment when he has worked his heart out in a good cause and lies exhausted on the field of battle victorious.” ~~ Vince Lombardi, professoinal football coach

August Upcoming Community Meetings and Events:
2nd: Millbrae Amateur Radio Club (MARC) (HAM) Meeting 6:45pm Millbrae Library Room B
4th: MILLBRAE HISTORICAL SOCIETY CARRIAGE HOUSE GRAND OPENING 10AM-3PM Behind the Museum – Refreshments, SF Banjo Band, Ribbon Cutting, Tour, Antique Vehicles – come have fun and be a part of making Millbrae History!
4th: Birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard – thank you for your service!
5th: Friendship Day – say “Hello” to a friend!
7th: Purple Heart Day – honoring U.S. Service personnel for wounds received in the line of duty.
7th: Millbrae Annual “National Night Out” sponsored by SMC SAL, City of Millbrae and Recreation Department: Central Park 6pm – 8pm Festival, at Dusk “COCO” the movie on the BIG SCREEN – BYO chairs/blankets.
9th: LEND/CERT Radio Net 7pm – 7:30pm – be sure your radio is charged and set on Channal 1.
11th: Millbrae Historical Society Yard Sale & Friends of Library Big Book Sale 10am – 3pm LOTS OF GREAT BARGAINS!
17th: Millbrae Recreation Department Friday Night Movie: Central Park 6pm-8pm Community Festival; at Dusk “CARS” the movie on the BIG SCREEN – BYO chairs/blankets.
18th: Millbrae Lions Club Annual “Millbrae Machines Car show” 9am – 3pm DT Broadway – pancake breakfast, hundreds of vehicles, music, raffle prizes, lots of vendors and …. FUN!
19th: National Aviation Day – enjoy your journey and say “thank you” to your Flight Crew!
21st: NATIONAL SENIOR CITIZENS DAY – Be sure to greet a senior or two (many in Millbrae to go around) and give them a smile!
26th: WOMEN’S EQUALITY DAY – Celebrating the 98th Anniversary of Women winning the right to vote! If you will reach your 18th birthday prior to the November 6, 2018 General Election, and if you are older and not a registered voter – PLEASE REGISTER TO VOTE!

Imporant Reminder: Some of our schools will be back in session during the month of August. BE ALERT AND PLEASE DRIVE EXTRA CAREFULLY. If you are a parent and/or guardian of children and youth please talk with them about pedestrian safety.

Labor Day Weekend is September 1st and 2nd – TIME FOR THE MILLBRAE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE ART AND WINE FESTIVAL in Downtown Millbrae. A great time to support our Chamber and Millbrae Businesses!

Please look for upcoming emails from Dino regarding LEND/CERT/MARC participatoin at some of the above community events in which volunteers will be needed. Great opportunityies to promote Millbrae’s Emergency Preparedness Programs and to start getting sign-ups for the CERT Winter Classes!

Our Volunteer CERT Coordiator and our Volunteer Monthly Radio Net Coordinator are requesting that you please place each of their addresses in your email contact list so that they won’t get dumped into your spam box: Dino: Marge:

If you’ll be requesting an “EARLY CHECK-IN” for the 2nd Thursday Roll-Calls please try to reply to the reminder notice email PRIOR TO 2:00PM DATE OF ROLL-CALL – this is to assist in logging the “Early Check-in” requests onto the roll-call list and emailed out to the Net Controller. It is also helpful during the roll-call so N/C and other member stations will not be waiting for your response.

Thank you to all of our members and everyone in our community who give so much of their valuable time to volunteering to help make Millbrae a wonderful community. We appreciate the work of our City Staff for the what they do for us on a daily basis.
August certainly isn’t boring in Millbrae -- hope you enjoy the pallet that is offered!
Submitted by:

Marge Colapietro

Volunteer – Millbrae LEND-CERT

Public Information Office

Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :08/01/2018

July 2018 Newsletter

July 2018 Newsletter

Happy July everyone!  We begin our newsletter by saying that this July will not only celebrate the Birth of Our Nation, but will also include activities for CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP as integral members of the greater Millbrae community.

“We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.”          (The Declaration of Independence – Adopted in Congress on July 4, 1776).

The SMC Health System, SMC OES and Constant & Associates all expressed great appreciation to all who participated in the “Green Dawn” Full Scale Exercise on June 5, 2018.   Dino DeRanieri our Millbrae Emergency Preparedness Volunteer was not available to lead us in the Exercise.   We were thrilled that his Deputy Coordinator – Viliami Dauwe did an admirable job in Dino’s absence – thank you Viliami for leadership and the thoughtful email you sent to all Millbrae participants.   Another outstanding job was provided by our Tom Brochure who was the Incident Commander – all things considered you were the “top of the heap!”  We can’t overlook the additional 18 hard-working Millbrae Emergency Preparedness volunteers who went out into the hills, mounds and beyond to provide valued expertise to the exercise.  No worries – GLORIA NAVAL was located and safe!  We were also very pleased that Retired Burlingame Fire Chief Bill Reilly the OES Coordinator for the City of Millbrae was present to support us as well as to share his amazing years of emergency experience– thank you Chief Reilly!  Dino received a report about Millbrae’s participation and commented: “You need to be proud of your accomplishments …you did an excellent job at performance, participation and overall organization.”

We also want to compliment CCFD for putting a team together to present a first ever “Get Ready” emergency preparedness Class taught exclusively in Chinese.  The class was held in the Millbrae Interim Recreation Center.  The instructor was Mike Chuang with the support of CCFD Board Chairwoman Marie Chuang – both of whom helped to make the class a reality for the Chinese community – thank you both!

Fire Chief John Kammeyer and San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos wish to remind all residents that ILLEGAL FIREWORKS AND THE UNSAFE DISCHARGE OF FIREARMS ARE DANGEROUS AND ILLEGAL IN SAN MATEO COUNTY. Resources to target and enforce violations within the areas of the Sheriff’s Office jurisdictions will be patrolling.  “Safe and Sane” labeled fireworks are only allowed within specific areas in San Bruno and Pacifica and are illegal in the rest of San Mateo County.  Please be diligent –if you are in an area or neighborhood where you can identify where the illegal fireworks are being used contact law enforcement and/or firefighters.  Please keep in mind the elderly, others who may be ill and pets who may be frightened and affected by fireworks/firearms – think of your family and neighbors.

The current issue of the FEMA newsletter contains some interesting and appropriate articles:            *How to Prepare for Summer Outages; Life Saving Skills You Should Know About and A Survivor’s Story of Rebuilding a Safer and Stronger Home.  Go to:


On June 23rd the Annual “Field Day” took place at Coyote Point.  This event was in conjunction with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office of Communications.  The operation was for a twelve-hour period from 1100 hrs. to 2300 hrs.  Millbrae Amateur Radio Club (MARC) was represented by eight of our Emergency Preparedness volunteers who, despite a few technical difficulties, were able to participate in some training exercises along with educational demonstrations that were available with portable satellite communications devices supplied by the California OES.  A BBQ was hosted by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office Communications Unit.  MARC President John Fehrn commented: “a good time was enjoyed by all.”

Our Volunteer Emergency Services Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri requests that you please SAVE THE DATES and MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR BELOW EVENTS – We’ll be invited to participate:                                                                                                                             

August 17:          Millbrae Machines Car Show – Presented by Millbrae Lions Club

September 1-2:  Millbrae Chamber of Commerce Annual Art and Wine Festival                                                                                                                                                 

                     6:     Yellow Command (EOC & Shelter Management)

                     8:     Urban Shield Green Command

                     22:   Disaster Preparedness Day

                     22-23:   American Cancer Society Relay for Life of Millbrae

October      7:     Japanese Culture Festival

Please Note:  Time/Location and ICP (Incident Plan) for the above to be advised.


Millbrae Recreation Department has an exciting summer planned for ALL AGES – you are prohibited from being “bored.”

Millbrae Library Summer Programs are “loaded” with many events and activities for kids, teens and adults. Take a look-see and be awed.   Great staycation happenings!

Friends of Millbrae Library Twice Yearly Big Book and Media Sale – July 13, 14, 15 Lots of “like-new” items at great bargains – check out: 

Outdoor Movie Night and Food Trucks – July 20th – 6pm to 10:30om – Central Park.  “ZOOTOPIA”the movie starts when dark – around 8:30pm.  Food trucks, popcorn, lawn games and a Photo Booth sponsored by our own MCTV!!!   More info: 650-259-2362. 

Speaking of MCTV – Our Media Sponsor:  Check-out several new TAKE NOTICE interviews being posted on MCTV’s YouTube channel.  Beginning July 27th topics will include:  Intelligence Led Policing, Human Trafficking, Victim Services in SMC, SMC Youth Commission Opportunities, Eight Things Your Children Need to Know About Making 9-1-1 Calls, Homelessness, Peninsula Humane Society, SMC Alert, San Francisco Airport and Disaster Preparedness.  Top Notch guests are interviewed by Top Notch Hosts Dan Lawson and Lisa Fitzgibbons-Charney!  Tune-in Fridays and Sundays 1:30-pm and 8:00pm respectively   

Millbrae Historical Society Dedication/Celebration of the New Museum Carriage House:  details on attached event flier.  “FREE” COMMUNITY EVENT – August 4th –10 am to 3 pm -- everyone welcome to participate and “Make Millbrae History!” 

SMC Sheriff’ Activities League (SAL) and City of Millbrae hosting community festival and movie night – August 7th 6pm to 8 pm LOTS of great fun – face painting, spin art, games and more.  The movie “COCO”begins when dark or 8 pm – 11 pm.  Central Park.  Everyone welcome.

Millbrae Historical Society Annual Yard Sale – August 11th -  9 am – 3 pm – GREAT BARGAINS!                                                         

“I believe we are here on planet earth to live, grow up, and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.”  (Rosa Parks)


Submitted by:

Marge Colapietro, Volunteer

Millbrae LEND-CERT

Public Information Officer


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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :07/30/2018