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November 2018

“The year has turned its circle; the seasons come and go.  The harvest all is gathered in and chilly north winds blow.  Orchards have shared their treasures, the fields, their yellow grain, so open wide the doorway Thanksgiving comes again!”  -- Author Unknown.

We begin November in the true spirit of the season – giving thanks.  Our Volunteer Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Dino DeRanieri expresses “thanks to all of our CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP volunteers for the outstanding participation you have given to the Millbrae community during 2018.  All the accolades we have received from Tom Williams – Millbrae Interim City Manager, CCFD Fire Chief John Kammeyer, Millbrae Police Bureau Chief Paul Kunkel, Bill Reilly – Millbrae Bureau Emergency Services Coordinator SMC OES, the many community service organizations with whom we participated in events and yes even SMC OES Staff, SMC Health Department and Red Cross – are all because of each and all of YOU!  YOU are among the most generous and sacrificing volunteers we could ask for.  YOU are the ones to help make a positive difference in the safety and vitality to the Millbrae community in many ways – thank YOU, thank YOU, thank YOU.

Speaking of giving thanks we want to honor those also in service to our community – hint from Kurt Vonnegut -- “I can think of no more stirring symbol of man’s humanity to man than a fire engine.”  We thank CCFD Firefighters “for putting your life on the line to keep us and our community safe.  We are so thankful for your commitment, dedication and service.  Our prayers remain with you as you faithfully serve in harm’s way.”  You are our heroes.

Police Officers “must spend their day wearing a gun.  The weight of this object is not only a physical stress upon the body, it’s an emotional stress upon the mind and hearts – knowing that at any time they might have to step in and save a life in danger – perhaps their very own life.  Let’s appreciate our Cops.”  (Whole Truth Project).  Thank you, Millbrae Police Bureau Sheriff, Chief and Deputies, – you also are our heroes.

To all other First Responders thank you for your courage and sacrifice.  You are our heroes.

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.”  (John Fitzgerald Kennedy)

November Happenings:                                                                                                                                                                        

FEMA announces November-Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month                                                                                                                                                                           

1st:          MARC Meeting - Millbrae Library Room “B” – 1845 hrs.                                                                                                 

4th:          Daylight Saving Time Ends – set clocks back one hour                                                                                                       

6th:         ELCTION DAY                                                                                                                                                                             

8TH:         LEND RADIO NET – 7:00 PM – Channel 1 – Be sure to charge radio                                                                               

10th:       U.S. Marine Corps Birthday – “Happy Birthday Marines – Thank you for your service!”                                                                                                

11th:       Veteran’s Day – Thank you for your service!                                                                                                                      

22nd:       Thanksgiving Day                                                                                                                                                                     

24th:       Small Business Saturday – Help Support Millbrae Businesses                                                                                                                                                                       

Submitted by:  Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                       

Volunteer Millbrae LEND-CERT                                                                                                                             

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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :10/31/2018

October 2018

October 2018

October marks the end of summer and begins the transition to the Autumn season.  The Full Moon that appeared on September 24th will continue for several days into October.   There is a tradition that occurs on the evening of the first Full Moon in October.  Families and friends gather together, sit together on a porch under the Full Moon either before or after family dinner and talk about happy times while enjoying homemade “moon cakes” – a must for the occasion.  This is a celebration of all good things.

Let’s take some time to recognize some of the accomplishments our  CERT,  LEND, MARC and SVIP Volunteers participated in during a hectic September:  the 2-day Chamber of Commerce Art and Wine Festival on Labor Day weekend, Participation with City of Millbrae Employees in the SMC “Yellow Command” Emergency Preparedness Exercise, CERT Information Table at City of Millbrae “Day of Service Open House and Remembrance Ceremony,”  CERT, LEND, MARC Radio Nets, Annual ACS Relay for Life and the SMCOES Annual Family Disaster Preparedness Day.  Bill Reilly – City of Millbrae OES Coordinator and Dino DeRanieri Volunteer Coordinator for Millbrae Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Programs continue to express sincere gratitude to all our volunteers for all that we do to help keep our community prepared and safe when disasters occur.  Our Interim City Manager – Tom Williams expresses amazement with many thanks for all that we do.  Tom made a commitment that he will do what he can to spread the word about the programs, classes and events we have in hopes that we will attract new volunteers.   Thank you, Dino, Bill and Tom.

October 2018 will be a month for us to have some R&R as we will have only one event:  We have again been invited to participate I the Annual Japanese Culture Festival: Sunday – October 7th – Dino has sent an email requesting Volunteers.  Please reply ASAP as he requested.

October Dates of Interest:                                                                                                                                                                    

10/01:  Child Health Day                                                                                                                                                                       

10/04:  Millbrae City Council Candidate Forum – David Chetcuti Community Room – 7pm – All invited                             

10/07:  Millbrae Sister Cities Japanese Culture Festival – Upper Civic Center Parking Lot                                                                                                                                                                                         

10/13:  U.S. Navy Birthday – Happy Birthday to all who served and are serving to protect our Nation                                                           

10/24:  United Nations Day

We offer condolences to the family and friends of MARC Member Robert Piper, W0PKY who passed on September 13th.   Each time Robert checked-in to the MARC Weekly Radio Net he faithfully said: “top of hill Millbrae.”  Truly, Robert and his voice will be missed.

We want to always pay tribute to our Central County Firefighters, our SMC Sheriff Deputies and all those who guide us through our Emergency Preparedness Training, various Drills and are present at Events ……

“May God bless America and give us the strength and wisdom, the generosity and compassion, to do our duty for this wondrous land and for the world that counts on us.  With all its suffering and dangers, the world still looks to the example and leadership of America to become, another, better place.  What greater cause could anyone ever serve?” (Patriot, Senator, Public Servant - John McCain, October 2017).

Submitted by: Marge Colapietro, Volunteer                                                                                                                                                         

Public Information Officer, Editor CERT Newsletter                                                                                                                                            

Posted by : Lee, Alex Posted on :10/01/2018

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

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