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December 2017 Newsletter

December 2017 Millbrae CERT Newsletter

Good morning December - yes it’s December 1st and we have these 31 days to transition from giving thanks to the month in which we ask ourselves where the year has gone and feel like there is so much more we need to accomplish in such a short amount of time. 

The many volunteers in our community’s Emergency Preparedness Programs: CERT, LEND Radio, MARC and SVIP have so much to be proud of.  We have given so much to help make 2017 a truly outstanding year.  Our achievements are because each and all of us gave individual and/or group time and talent to be self-invested for the greater good of Millbrae.  We made the most of ourselves for others.

Albert Schweitzer wrote:  “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 as a volunteer is returned with incalculable interest.” 


News Updates:

During the November 14th City Council meeting, on behalf of the Bay Area Urban Shield Annual Exercise Committee, Bill Reilly - City of Millbrae Office of Emergency Services Coordinator presented a lovely Trophy to our Millbrae Volunteer Emergency Services Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri and 11 additional volunteers for their participation in Urban Shield.  Millbrae was awarded 2nd place based on having 12 participants at the event.  Bill’s comments were very supportive of both Dino’s leadership and the dedicated work of our volunteers.  BELOW IS ARE LINKS TO VIEW TWO PHOTOS.  We thank City Clerk Angela Louis and our newest certified CERT member Glennda Erickson for the photos.

Robert Morris one of our CERT volunteers who participated in Urban Shield was in attendance with his son Ian.  About a month ago Ian was hit by a car on Taylor/ECR.  He is recovering from the accident and came to support his father.   Both Robert and Ian privately expressed gratitude for all of the prayers and cards of support during this unfortunate time for IAN and family.

Bill Reilly represented San Mateo County at an OES table with many safety brochures at the City of Millbrae’s first Community Services Day on Tuesday, November 28th in the David Chetcuti Community Room.  Dino DeRanieri and three of our Team Members also participated with an information table and a series of past Millbrae CERT Silver Dragon videos playing on a computer monitor all during the event.  Our table also had a complete set of HAM operator transmitting equipment for guests to see and give-a-try is they wished.  There was a good crown at this event that included a large number of youth who dropped-in!


Hot off the Press:

There is a new booklet “STAYING SAFE IN MILLBRAE – a Home Protection Guide” that is a collaboration among Central County Fire Department, Millbrae Public Works Department and Millbrae Police Bureau/ San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.  We will be distributing copies during the January CERT training classes, skills day and at additional times during the year.  This is an extremely “must have” for all.   Copies of the booklet are available at Millbrae Fire Stations 35 and 37, Millbrae Police Bureau and at Millbrae Public Works counter at City Hall.


Safety Referrals:

Please take a look at the National Fire Protection Association website:  www.nfpacatalog-org for two very helpful brochures:  “Candle with Care” and “Fire Safe Holidays.”

The U.S. Fire Administration (USFA) encourages everyone to “heat your home safely” and to not wait for winter.  Heat your home before the weather turns bitter cold.”  They also caution: “Half of all home heating fires occur in December, January and February.”  Basics:  1) Keep anything that can burn at least three feet from all heat sources including fireplaces, wood stoves, radiators, space heaters, or candles; 2) Never use an oven to hear your home and 3) Maintain heating equipment and chimneys by having them cleaned and inspected annually by a qualified professional.” 

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has important safety tips for Older Adults.  It is worth reading:  “Winter Preparedness for Older Adults” and can be read on the NIA website.


Safety Reminders:

The City of Millbrae Public Works Department reminds home-owners who are in neighborhoods that have STORM DRAINS and V-DITCHES to check and clean them out before heavy rain commences.

The City of Millbrae has established two SANDBAG stations – one is located on south side of Millbrae Avenue near the Skate Park and the other at the end of Oak Street near the Landing Lane floodplain if needed.   If you have any questions or want to learn how you can prepare your property for the rainy season, please telephone the Public Works Department (650) 259-2339.

Community Events:

Saturday, December 2nd:  Chamber of Commerce Annual Community Tree Lighting – 5PM, City Hall – Entertainment, Candy Canes, Refreshments, Hot Chocolate, Entertainment, Sing-a-Long and more.  Countdown to tree lighting.  CCFD will receive new, un-wrapped toys (please, no stuffed animals).

Tuesday, December 12th:  Hanukkah begins at sundown

Thursday, December 14th:  LEND Monthly Radio Net – 7PM, please be sure to charge your radio

Sunday, December 24th and Monday, December 25th: Christmas Eve/Christmas Day

Tuesday, December 26th:  Kwanzaa begins

December, 31st: New Year’s Eve



COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPOSE TEAM (CERT) TRAINING BEGINS JANUARY 18, 2018 -- “FREE” PARTICIPATION --- REGISTRATION:       Click below for details.  Encourage a family member, friend, neighbor to register soonest to reserve a place. Click here for the upcoming class flyer.


                                A message from our Volunteer Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri:                                                                             

 Thank you one and all for your dedication.  We have many stories and different traditions.  May you enjoy many blessings, peace and joyous times.  Happy Hanukkah!  Merry Christmas! Happy Kwanzaa!


Submitted by:                                                                                                                                                                     

Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                              

Public Information Officer                                                                                                                                   

Millbrae LEND-CERT


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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :11/30/2017

November 2017 Newsletter

November 2017 CERT Newsletter

A very special evening for a very special person occurred on Friday, October 20th when 177 attendees gathered at Green Hills Country Club to honor the 45th Millbrae Man and Woman of the Year and a first-time Student of the Year.  What is quite meaningful to us is that 52 of the 177 were members of our Emergency Preparedness Programs including LEND, CERT, MARC and SVIP – so we thank you for your support of our Program Coordinator Dino DeRanieri.  Additionally, Dino’s family and friends also came to share the wonderful evening.  The collective applause and standing ovations for Dino were thunderous as they should be.  It was so sweet when his six grandchildren heard that their grandpa was going to be on YouTube and on Millbrae Television – to them he is their hero and greatest star!

Something that Dino cherishes is that San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos, Central County Fire Chief John Kammeyer, Millbrae Police Bureau Chief Roger Copeland and Millbrae Emergency Services Coordinator Bill Reilly – all leaders of our Emergency Preparedness Programs were present.

Rev. Joseph Glynn, Associate Pastor at Saint Dunstan Catholic Church led the Invocation stressing the strength in the Millbrae community is the work of the generous volunteers.  Sharon Chin – a KPIX5 Eyewitness News Reporter was the Keynote Speaker.  She provided many stories of individual volunteers in our Bay Area who make a difference in their communities and beyond.

Mayor Reuben Holober representing the City Council, Mayor’s Civic Coordinating Council and the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce began the presentations with a City Council Commendation and Trophy respectively.  Representatives from the offices of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, Senator Kamala Harris, U.S. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, CA Senator Jerry Hill, CA Assemblyman/Speaker Pro Tempore Kevin Mullin, SMC District 1 Supervisor David Pine, the MESD Board President all presented Dino and other honorees with either Plaques, Commendations or Acknowledgements on behalf of their respective agency.

Dino was the last honoree to speak and his closing thought was:  “A life is about its events; it’s about challenges met and overcome – or not; it’s about success and failures.  But more than all of these put together, it’s about how we touch and are touched by the people we meet.  It’s all about the people. The people in my life made me what I am.”  So says Four Star General and Former Secretary of State Colin Powell.”  Dino concluded by thanking everyone who contributed to make this honor and the evening very special for him and for his family.

Fire Chief Kammeyer gave his annual report to the City Council at the beginning of the October 24th meeting during which time he acknowledged and praised Dino’s for all of his work throughout the years.  You may watch that part of the meeting on MCTV – very lovely.

For those who wish to watch the replay of the event please look at MCTV’s replay schedule and on their You Tube Network (Comcast Cable Channel 27 and ATT Cable Channel 99).  We wish to thank John Muniz for the photographs included in this Newsletter.

The dawn of November brings a lot to our monthly calendar – meetings, events, celebrations and the must do lists.  There are action opportunities along with taking some time to reflect and be grateful for the good that we experience along the way.

Daylight Savings Time and Pacific Time both begin and end at the same time on November 5thwhen we set our clocks back one hour.  Two days later – November 7this Election Day —however, there are NO elections taking place in Millbrae due to the change that elections will now be held in even years.  November 9thwill be our LEND Monthly Radio Net – be sure to charge your radio and tune in to Channel 1 at 7:00pm to connect with each other. 

Friday, November 10this the observance of Veteran’s Day which falls on Saturday, November 11th – a time to honor and celebrate all of our women and men, past and present, who valued our Country’s welfare and bravely serve as active and reservists in our U.S. Military.  We should also include their families who also sacrifice along with their loved ones.  November 10this also observed as the Marine Corps Birthday – “Semper Fidelis” (“always faithful”)!

Thursday, November 23rdis Thanksgiving Day – a traditional national celebration on which we may wish to take time to reflect and be grateful for our blessings and thank those who contribute to the joys we have in our lives – a good day to say “thank you” many times over.

The members of Millbrae Emergency Preparedness Programs Leadership Team – CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP along with CCFD Firefighters, SMC Sheriff /Millbrae Bureau Police Chief, SMC OES Team, Millbrae Emergency Services Coordinator and our Volunteer Program Coordinator all extend a great abundance of heartfelt gratitude to each and all of you – our Emergency Preparedness Volunteers who give so much of your valuable time, talents and work throughout the year to help keep Millbrae “always at the ready.”  Never doubt the sincere appreciation extended to you – YOU ARE THE BEST!                                                

Of Note:                                                                                                                                                                                   

A message from our member LEND 12 Robert Morris:  “Thank you so much for the get well card from CERT/LEND/MARC/SVIP’S.  Ian and I appreciate it very much.  Everyone’s thoughts and prayers are felt every day.”

SMC OES has partnered with MCTV to begin posting the “SMC ALERTS” on the MCTV channels.  Thank you to Millbrae Emergency Services Coordinator Bill Reilly.  If you haven’t yet signed-up for SMC ALERTS please do so – this is a valuable tool for members of our Emergency Services Response Teams – this is “free” and is simple to do:   You are encouraged to talk with your neighbors and assist them in signing-up.  We need the strength of our Millbrae residents when disasters happen.

We’ve attached a copy of the 2018 CERT TRAINING schedule.  The training program is “FREE.”  We need more residents to take the classes so that we will have strong neighborhood district participation in our city – our First Responders can’t be everywhere when the disasters hit.  Currently, we don’t have trained volunteer residents to cover our city. Registration information is at the bottom of the flier. PLEASE HELP.

If you haven’t yet signed-up to access our Millbrae CERT website PLEASE go to:   

Submitted by:  Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                       

Public Information Officer – Millbrae LEND/CERT                                                                                                                                                             

Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :10/31/2017

October 2017 Newsletter

Millbrae CERT October Newsletter

Welcome to October – the second month of autumn.  The first thing that may come to mind is that autumn festivals begin as does celebrating Halloween at months end.  Whether parties or costumes and parades we should take some time in-between for awareness of other important dates and events.

You’ll receive this Newsletter on Sunday – October 1st – the day that Millbrae celebrates Japanese Cultural Day with a festival.  This year it will take place in the upper civic center parking lot surrounded by the Millbrae Library, Historical Museum and the David Chetcuti Community Room.  The festival begins at 10:30am and will end at 4:00pm.  Again this year our volunteers from LEND, CERT, MARC and SVIP will have a booth where the public can obtain information about safety issues, see demonstrations and pick-up fliers for the upcoming 2018 CERT Classes.  Please drop by to support and thank our volunteers for their service.  The weather should be perfect, the entertainment happy and vibrant, the food delicious and the vendors many.  The Consul General of Japan in San Francisco will be a special guest and the renowned Ken Kashiwahara will be the Master of Ceremonies.

October is FIRE PREVENTION MONTH.  Specifically, Fire Prevention Week is October 8th-14th.  Our CCFD Firefighters and Fire Prevention Team Members will be quite busy this month with outreach programs in the schools and their Fire Prevention Poster Contest for the elementary school kids.  Please tune-in to MCTV (Comcast Cable Channel 27 and ATT Cable Channel 99) for special Public Service Announcements from the CCFD Fire Prevention Team.  You can also access the PSA by linking to the MCTV home page:  then click onto to their YouTube icon.  Thank you MCTV and CCFD!

October 19th is designated as the “Great California Shake-Out Day.”  Currently, throughout the world over 21 million people have registered to participate in this year’s drill and are “Getting Ready to Shake-Out.”  The exact observance is 10:19 AM on 10/19/2017.  Many of our Emergency Preparedness Members will recall that back in June 2010 our very own Team Member Tom Brocher gave a workshop regarding Earthquakes in California with a focus on what our Millbrae community can expect in the years to come as earthquakes occur.  Tom will be recording a Public Service Announcement (PSA) produced by MCTV in the next week or so.  It will be replayed on MCTV and be accessible on the Channels and YouTube.  Tom is the Team Chief Scientist on the Earthquake Hazards Team and most recently served as the Coordinator for Northern California Earthquake Hazard Investigations for the USGS in Menlo Park, where he has worked for 23 years.  Tom has B.S. in Geology from University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Princeton University – way to go Tom!  We look forward to the production.   We also give a HUGE thanks to MCTV for partnering with us for the two above productions.

We have a few KUDOS to shout out about:  to Villiami Dauwe our Millbrae Deputy CERT Volunteer Coordinator for stepping-in for our Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri at the Millbrae Chamber of Commerce Art and Wine Festival.  Villiami was interviewed live on Saturday afternoon by MCTV Broadcast Host – Kenny Milch (many of us know Kenny as a longtime beloved teacher at Taylor Middle School). Villiami did a good job of representing our Emergency Preparedness Programs and encouraging the public to take the January classes.  You can watch the replay of the A&W Festival on the MCTV channels and on YouTube.

To each and all of our volunteers who staffed our CERT booth at the Millbrae Art and Wine Festival in the triple-digit temperature that plagued Millbrae all day long.  Some volunteers worked from 7am to 7pm.   Our booth was staffed both Saturday and Sunday.  THANK YOU FOR PERSEVERING THROUGH.

We also give HUGE KUDOS to the eleven (11) Millbrae CERT members who volunteered to participate in the Bay Area Urban Shield Drill on September 7th at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.  Our CERT team had the second highest participation of volunteers of all agencies!  It was one of the “severe heat days.”  There are a couple of videos of the Urban Shield Drill Day that can be accessed at: http:  where you’ll see some familiar Millbrae faces!

On Tuesday, September 26th our City of Millbrae OES Coordinator Bill Reilly gave a presentation to the Millbrae City Council about the San Mateo County Alert System (a/k/a SMC ALERT).  Bill gave specific statics regarding Millbrae’s participation in SMC ALERT:  Population of Millbrae: 22,661, SMC Alert Subscribers: 1,463 (6.5% of residents), Subscribers from other cities interested in Millbrae alerts: 5,777, total number of contacts reached: 7,240 (12% of all subscribers).  Bill encouraged everyone present and those at home watching to sign-up for SMC ALERT – it is an important and essential part of public safety.  Mayor Reuben Holober issued a City of Millbrae Proclamation on behalf of the City council declaring “September 26, 2017 as SMC ALERT DAY” in the City of Millbrae.  You may go to MCTV to watch a replay of the Council Meeting – it is at the beginning of the meeting.

Last month we bid farewell and good wishes to Lisa Bartolo our CERT office liaison at CCFD as she moved up to a different department at CCFD.  One of the many responsibilities Lisa had was to coordinate the bi-monthly CERT Newsletter.  She did an excellent job of ensuring Millbrae news was shared with both of our partnering agencies Burlingame and Hillsborough.

This month we are happy to welcome Jasmine Del Chiaro the Administrative Clerk at CCFD who takes over the CERT duties for Lisa.  Dino is “very confident that Jasmine will work well with us – she is quite organized, efficient and enthusiastic about CERT.”

Jasmine has sent an email to us indicating that “due to the enrollment, the CERT Training session for fall 2017 scheduled for October 2nd through November 13th at the Hillsborough Town Hall has been cancelled.”  The next round of CCFD classes are scheduled for January 18, through March 10, 2018 at Fire Station in Millbrae.  PLEASE encourage your family, neighbors, friends to sign-up for these classes.  CERT Class Schedule.

Halloween is on Tuesday – October 31st.  PLEASE discuss Halloween safety issues with your children.  Please be very cautious while driving in the dark of the October night – do not get distracted either while driving or walking with your cell phones.  Enjoy a safe evening!

Submitted by                                                                                                                                                                                   

Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                                             

Millbrae LEND-CERT                                                                                                                                                            

Public Information Officer                                                                                                                                                                           

Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :10/01/2017