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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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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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February 2017 Newsletter

February 2017 Millbrae CERT Newsletter

Millbrae’s Best of the Best for 2016 and…the Award Goes to -- MILLBRAE CERT

The Millbrae Chamber of Commerce honored Millbrae CERT with the Best of the Best – 2016 very prestigious Chamber Excellence Award during the Annual Awards Dinner on January 26, 2017 at the El Rancho Inn Palm Room. This award recognizes an outstanding Millbrae-based volunteer organization for “exceptional efforts and service to the community.” Millbrae CERT Program Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri accepted the award presented by CERT member Marge Colapietro. Millbrae Mayor Reuben Holober presented an award on behalf of the Millbrae City Council. Congresswoman Jackie Speier, State Senator Jerry Hill, Assemblyman/Speaker Pro Tempore of the CA Assembly – Kevin Mullin, and San Mateo County Supervisor David Pine sent their respective awards that were presented by each Staff Liaison. Dino spoke eloquently as he acknowledged and thanked the many agencies who share the award with CERT. He continued: “It’s been a great journey since 2007 and I’m so very proud of the growth and effectiveness of our Millbrae Emergency Preparedness Programs and of our very dedicated volunteers. It’s been a cultivation of a stellar leadership team and our most wonderful and much appreciated sacrificing volunteers all of whom are essential in our achieving tonight’s recognition.” A wonderful evening was enjoyed by all.

Millbrae CERT has graduated about 160 volunteers after completion of the mandatory 20-hour CERT training program. Eighty-five CERT volunteers logged 2,563.50 hours of community service in CY 2016! An additional 27 students signed-up for the CERT Class Session currently underway in the City of Millbrae.

Current CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP’s are needed to assist during the classes – please see the attached CERT Schedule and participate if you are available. It is a great opportunity to refresh your own preparedness skills at the same time.

After much work over a period of 8 years the Millbrae City Manager has approved the issuing of City of Millbrae CERT Volunteer Disaster Service Worker (DSW) Photo ID Cards. The first sixty cards should be available by February 7th. The remaining 80 cards will be distributed after the swearing-in of additional qualifying CERT volunteers.

Saturday – March 11 th – 8am to 3:30pm is Skills Development and Application Class for the 2017 CERT graduates. We’ll need “all hands on deck” to assist with the many scenarios students will need to accomplish. Please mark your calendar now and join us. Breakfast & lunch will be served.

“Silver Dragon XI” will be on Thursday – April 20th. We will again need many volunteers to assist with the Drill. Millbrae has been outstanding each year of “Silver Dragon” – we can only be successful when we have all of us together getting the job done! Please mark your calendar.

We’ve been having a wild winter season thus far with predictions of thunderous storms on the way. Be sure to check-out helpful preparedness tips on:

“Go the extra mile. It’s never crowded.” - Author Unknown

Submitted by:

Marge Colapietro, Millbrae LEND-CERT Public Information Officer

Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :01/26/2017