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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.


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Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                                                      

Millbrae LEND-CERT                                                                                                                                                           

Public Information Officer



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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :04/01/2017

March 2017 Newsletter

March 2017 Newsletter

March 1st begins the last month in the first quarter of 2017.  March is a month of transition just as it is a month of awareness and celebration. 

We begin with transition ~ March is known as the month that “comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb.”  It brings an end to winter and introduces us to spring.  March 5th is commonly referred to as the “Ides of March” ~ the final stage of the first full moon of the New Year.  Daylight Saving begins on March 12th – be sure to set your clocks ahead one hour; and oh yes …. “March Madness” happens for the basketball junkies and “Spring Training” is welcomed by baseball’s faithful!  March is also a good time to “stop and smell the flowers!”

March is also an awareness month ~ when you set your clocks ahead one hour it’s also a good time to check the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.  March is American Red Cross Month. ARC provides emergency assistance, disaster relief, communications services, comfort for Military service women and men and family members. ARC is a collection and distribution agency for blood and blood products and provides educational programs on preparedness, health and safety and international relief and development programs.  March is also “Flood Safety Awareness” and “National Poison Prevention” month.  We, as CERT, LEND, MARC, SVIP know from our training and perhaps from our own experience the value of the ARC as we continue to volunteer in service to our community.  Let’s keep them in mind, especially this dedicated month of March.  If you know of any ARC Volunteers be sure to thank them for their service.

“National Poison Prevention Awareness Month” is recognized in the month of March.  has several links to poison prevention advice.  The sites discuss: being prepared for a poison emergency, practice and safe storage habits, making a habit of reading and following labels and directions on any potentially hazardous substance or product prior to use, especially before administering/taking medications, detecting invisible threats, preparing food safely and much more.  There is also a “To-do List” to poison safe your home.

March provides us with opportunities to celebrate ~ International Women’s Day is on the 8th, MILLBRAE CERT SKILLS DAY IS ON THE 11TH, Saint Patrick’s Day is the 18th and Spring begins on the 20th.        

Your Emergency Preparedness Team Leaders are so grateful to serve side-by-side with all of our active volunteers…”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                                                                                                                                                          

Public Information Officer                                                                                                                                                      

Monthly LEND Radio Net Coordinator

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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :03/01/2017