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June 2017 Newsletter

It should be no surprise to hear that the month of June is one of the busiest of the year:  Pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school and college graduations; engagements, weddings, vacations, staycations, youth sports, summer camps, local festivals and the like.  Whether at home or away one thing is for certain - we need to be diligent with our scheduling and planning so that summertime is well-organized, has something for everyone, includes fun and is safe.

June celebrations include June 14 – U.S. Flag Day, June 13 SMC Annual Disaster Preparedness Day, June 18 – Father’s Day, June 21 Summer Solstice and the United States celebrates June as National Safety Month.  (Thursday - June 8th is our Radio Net).

You should have received an email from our Millbrae CERT Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri requesting the need for our CERT Members to volunteer for the SMC Disaster Preparedness Day.  Attached to the email is the Event Flier with all details.  This is one of the most prestigious Emergency Preparedness Events in our County.  ASAP lease email Dino:  if you are able to participate – we want to keep our “Millbrae can do” spirit again this year.

Whether at home or away it is always smart to “Build a Kit” for home and when travelling.  FEMA’s guidelines to include enough food, water and medical supplies in our emergency kits to last for at least 72 hours.  gives specific recommendations for a basic supplies of: water, food, battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place), moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation, wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, manual can opener, local maps and cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.

Public Safety also includes “Prevention.”  The National Safety Council:  has quite an interesting article: Top Causes of Unintentional injury and Death in Homes and Communities.  The top seven causes can happen whether at home or while driving:  poisoning, motor vehicle crashes, falls, choking and suffocation, drowning, fires and burns, and natural and environmental incidents.

“The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the

aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.” -- Helen Keller (born on June 27th )

Submitted by:

Marge Colapietro

Public Information Officer

Millbrae CERT/LEND

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May 2017 Newsletter

Happy May Day Everyone!  We are so fortunate to have such grand weather welcome us in to this final month of spring.

We begin by shouting-out to all of our Emergency Preparedness Volunteers who participated in the San Mateo County SILVER DRAGON XI exercise on April 20th.  Millbrae had 41 participants consisting of: CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP volunteers who devoted a total of 224 hours plus an additional 8 individual partners from CCFD, SMC Health Department, SMC Mosquito and Vector Control Department, SMC OES and MCTV – our Press in our ICP and in the field throughout the exercise, who gave a total of 26 hours to the Millbrae’s exercise – Totals:  49 participants 250 hours – I’d say that’s a pretty grand way to exit April!  We also welcomed Bill Reilly – Millbrae’s OES Coordinator to our 9th year of participating in the County Silver Dragon exercise.  Bill Reilly and Dino DeRanieri made a great team and both expressed sincere gratitude to Millbrae volunteers.  They also commended us for being able to adjust routes when a couple of volunteers weren’t able to participate at the last minute.  Though there were a few minor glitches we used them as improvement goals for next year.  Without a doubt, we all remain very proud of each other and of the almost 200 Emergency Preparedness Volunteers who have done through training.

Great seasonal advice from FEMA: *clear needles, leaves and other debris from the roof, gutters, eaves, porches and decks; *remove flammable items within 30 feet of all structures including firewood piles, portable propane tanks, dry and dead vegetation; *keep your lawn hydrated and maintained – if it’s brown trim it to reduce fire intensity and don’t let debris and lawn cuttings linger; *prune low-hanging tree branches 6-10 ft. from the ground – for smaller trees prune low hanging branches no more than a third of the tree’s height; *remove tall grasses, vines and shrubs from under trees.

There are several days and weeks of recognition during this month:  May is Older American‘s Month, May 14 is Mother’s Day, May 14-20 is National Police Week, May 20 is Armed Forces Day, May 21-27 is National EMS Week and May 29 is National Observance of Memorial Day.  Please do take a moment to reflect on those past and present women and men who have left their mark in our Nation’s history and those still living who continue to make history.  If you see any of them be sure to express gratitude – it will go a long way!

Reminder:  Our Monthly Radio Net will be Thursday – May 11 – Radio’s on at 7:00PM.  Please be sure your radio is charged and tuned in to Channel 1.  Thank you for staying connected!

Last Thursday was Arbor Day.   Nelson Henderson reminds us: “The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit!”


Wishing one and all a “grand” month!

Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                                                       

Public Information Officer                                                                                                                                                                       

LEND/CERT Emergency Programs

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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :04/30/2017

April 2017 Newsletter

April is a noticeable time of transition from storms to calmer weather, dark to brighter skies, short to longer days, flower buds opening to bright and colorful flowers, warm coats and jackets replaced by sweaters, doldrums convert to outdoor activities and is a time when those of faith celebrate various life journeys.  April has so much to boost a spring in our step.

Millbrae Emergency Preparedness Programs has completed a very successful 2017 Winter CERT Training Session.  On Saturday, March 11th sixteen participants completed the 20-hour series of classes culminating with several hands-on exercises:  extinguishing fires, cribbing, medical triage, bandaging to control bleeding, splinting to immobilize injuries, search and rescue in the very dark training tower, and students being mentored in field to incident command center radio communications.  Each student rotated in and around various areas at CCFD Fire Station 37 where several Millbrae CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP volunteers assisted as incident victims and mentors.  Skills as team leaders, delegation of tasks, developing and implementing an incident plan, reporting to the EOC and documentation completion skills completed the training.

Following a buffet luncheon sixteen students received Certificates of Completion during a Graduation ceremony.  Four additional students will each receive their certificate after making-up 1 or 2 classes.

The Millbrae Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program is very close to achieving 200 community volunteers trained and prepared for duty when called to action as disasters occur.

The City of Millbrae CERT Leadership Team under the direction of our local CERT Volunteer Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri acknowledges with gratitude the CCFD Firefighter Training Staff, CCFD Office Staff, the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office for their Staff to implement EOC standards/improvements and class instruction.  Along with our numerous volunteers the 2017 Training Session was a huge success You may click on the below link to view the Skills Day Graduating Class, Staff and Volunteers.  Photo taken by Millbrae CERT Volunteer Robert Morris.

The spring in our step transitions from training to deployment as SILVER DRAGON XI TAKES PLACE ON THURSDAY, APRIL 20TH10 Cities, fire, police, CERT SMC OES, SMC Health Department and the SMC Mosquito and Vector will participate in the “Operation Zika” exercise.  Our Emergency Preparedness Volunteers will have the opportunity to further practice emergency response training and check our readiness to be deployed to provide assistance to our Millbrae community or San Mateo County.  This is THE major deployment in the year.   This is a much needed and most valued event a community can participate in.  Please refer to the email our Coordinator Dino DeRanieri emailed out to volunteers on Saturday, March 18, 2017 @ 3:22PM – all information is detailed.  PLEASE let Dino know ASAP with your availability:    We’ll need “all hands on deck” to make Millbrae CERT great again.


Submitted by:                                                                                                                                                                                         

Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                                                      

Millbrae LEND-CERT                                                                                                                                                           

Public Information Officer



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