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February 2018 Newsletter

CERT February 2018 Newsletter

Good morning.  February already – really?  Seems as if we just welcomed the New Year of 2018.  February, the shortest month of the year (28 days),   is filled with many diverse persons of interest and observances.  Be sure to read through this Newsletter so you won’t miss out on celebrating if you wish.

Many associate February as the celebration of Valentine’s Day.  Our calendar notes February 2nd as “National Wear Red Day” – because the “First” Friday of February is designated in the United States to encourage men and women to wear red as a symbol of support of women’s heart health.   Recent media reports have been reporting that O-Negative blood types are needed NOW and that the Flu Season is Valentine’s Day – red, heart health – red, blood – red.  A coincidence or meaningful message?  Recent media reports have been stating that O-Negative blood types are needed NOW and that this Flu Season is dramatically impacting the Blood Supply.  If you are eligible to donate blood please consider a visit to our local Blood Center of the Pacific, 111 Rollins Road, Millbrae.  You may schedule an appointment on line or telephone to SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT:  888-393-4483 for Whole Blood-Red Cell, or 800-707-8483 to donate Platelets or Plasma.  ONE PINT OF BLOOD SAVES MULTIPLE LIVES – GIVE THE GIFT OF LIFE.

Our Volunteer Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Dino DeRanieri is sharing the good news that the total volunteer hours for the CY 2017 is 2585.25!  That is 21.75 more hours than the 2563.50  in the 2016 CY during which time we had more service activities – WAY TO GO CERT, LEND, MARC AND SVIPS!

Dino and our Team are thrilled that there are forty (40) students who enrolled in our CERT Training Classes that began on January 18th!  Those from surrounding cities out-number the Millbrae enrollees; however, the majority are within our Central County Fire Department jurisdiction.  Classes are off to a great start thanks to the participation and efforts of CCFD Captain Lanty Molloy, Firefighter Joe Perry, Steve Besozzi, Jean Perry Verley, Tacha Shaw and John Hechim, each and all of our volunteers who attend the classes and assist with set-up, registration, logistics, supplying refreshments, helping with the hands-on exercises and clean-up.  We also appreciate the leadership of our “Man of the Year” – Dino DeRanieri and Bill Reilly who represents SMC OES for the City of Millbrae.  Our strength is in our very generous leadership and volunteer team members.  We are so grateful for your making a difference.

Do you know that it doesn’t have to be freezing for hypothermia to set in?  The US CDC warns that it can occur at temperatures above 40 Deg. F, rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.  Warning signs in adults: body temperature below 95 degrees, uncontrollable shivering, exhaustion, confusion, fumbling hands, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech and drowsiness.  Danger signs for infants: bright red, cold skin, very low energy.  If someone is suffering from hypothermia, get medical attention immediately and begin warming the person until help arrives.  Find several ways to warm a person on the CDC’s Hypothermia page.  IMPORTANT:  if you MUST go outside:  wear several layers of loose-fitting, lightweight, warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing.  Outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent; wear mittens which are warmer than gloves; cover all of your body – wear hat and scarf, cover your moth to protect your face and to help prevent loss of body heat.  Visit the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website.



We wish to offer CONGRATULATIONS to our generous media partner - Millbrae Community Television (MCTV) who is launching a series of new programming entitled – TAKE NOTICE.  TAKE NOTICE will focus on an array of diverse issues facing communities in San Mateo County and beyond.  Guests will include issue- specific experts throughout SMC.  It will also give “TIP TOPICS.”  The first few shows explore SCAMS and how to not become a victim of scams (SMC District Attorney), New Marijuana Laws (SMC Cannabis Regulation’s Officer), SMC Cities Offering Sand Bags and Instructions on Use, Love for Blood Donations and much more!  You are invited to turn your computer speakers on and view the TAKE NOTICE SHOW PROMO:   = home page,  left side of screen click the icon TAKE NOTICE, click on arrow to begin the video – ENJOY!  Viewers are encouraged to contact MCTV to give comments and make recommendations for topics you would like TAKE NOTICE to cover – the TAKE NOTICE contact information is at the end of the video, so have your paper and pen ready.  The videos will be available online, MCTV Comcast Cable Station 27 and ATT Cable Channel 99 – please take a moment to LIKE MCTV when you finish watching each show.  MCTV encourages you to sign-up to receive the MCTV Newsletter - it’s FREE and simple to do! MCTV encourages you to spread the word to your email and social contacts.

CHANGE OF DATE FOR THE SILVER DRAGON REPLACEMENT EXERCISE – CANCELLED FOR APRIL 26TH.  The name of the exercise will be GREEN DAWN and is now scheduled for June 7, 2018.  Details will follow.

February Observances and Recognitions:

February 1:    National Freedom Day and Millbrae CERT Class #3: Medical Part 2                                                                                                                                                 

February 2:    National Wear Red Day and Groundhog Day (more winter or early spring?)                                                 

 February 4:    Rosa Parks Day – “Mother of Modern Day Civil Rights Movement”                                                                   

February 8:    LEND Radio Net 7pm and Millbrae CERT Class #4: Light Search and Rescue                                                                                                                                                                

February 12:  President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday                                                                                                          

February 14:  Valentine’s Day                                                                                                                                                       

February 15:  Susan B. Anthony Birthday (Advocate Suffragist for Women’s Right to Vote) and Millbrae                    

February 15:  Millbrae CERT Class#5: Disaster Psychology, CERT Organization and Management                                                                                               

February 16:  Chinese New Year – Gung Hey Fat Choy, Happy and Healthy New Year – Year of Dog                              

February 19:  President’s Day Observance (Abraham Lincoln and George Washington)                                                                               

February 22:  President George Washington Birthday                                                                                                                  

February 22:  Millbrae CERT Class #6:  CERT Communications               

CERT Class Schedule                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others – Mahatma Gandhi

Submitted by:                                                                                                                                                                                          

Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                                                 


Millbrae LEND CERT Newsletter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  





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January 2018 Newsletter

CERT Newsletter – January 2018

Appropriately, we will begin 2018 with a message from our Millbrae Emergency Preparedness Programs Volunteer Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri: 

                “Greetings Millbrae CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP Team Members.  Thank you for all of the help, time and support that you have given to our Millbrae CERT Programs.  Without you we would not be able to offer the “Award Winning” CERT Programs to our Community.  On behalf of all of our Team Leaders we extend our good wishes to you and to your families for a Happy New Year of 2018. We look forward to another year of dedication to the betterment of our community through on-going education, volunteer leadership and growth of certified residents/businesses throughout Millbrae.”

We begin 2018 by expressing our sincere gratitude to all of our Central County Fire Fighters who were called to join the fire strike teams in northern and southern California.  Fortunately, they all returned home -- worn and safe.  We also acknowledge the CCFD Fire Fighters who remained here with the sole responsibility to ensure the safety of all of us living and working within CCFD.  We pay special thanks to the families of all in CCFD for the many sacrifices they made during the horrific fires.

“San Mateo County Public Safety Communications (PSC) is dedicated to providing excellent Police, Fire and Medical emergency dispatch and communications services.  PSC touches thousands of lives daily.  PSC strive to be responsive by making each encounter a positive experience and treat every individual with empathy, respect and professionalism.  PSC is dedicated to life safety, partnerships, customer service and prides ourselves on excellence through teamwork.”  The State of California provides translations services that are easily accessed once you dial 9-1-1.  When it is determined that a non-English speaker is on the line and the local 9-1-1 center does not have a bilingual dispatcher on-duty, the call is transferred to the translation service.  Please let family members, neighbors, friends who have English as a second language know about the 9-1-1 translation services.  When they call 9-1-1 the first thing they need to do is tell the dispatcher what language you speak and then continue to follow directions.  For more information:

We are quite aware of the devastation and loss of life in our Golden State of California.  “Living with Fire in San Mateo County – A guide for homeowners” provides specific information about protecting lives and property:  The Three R’s of Defensible Space – Removal, Reduction, and Replacement.  1) REMOVE all dead and dry vegetation, 2) Break-up continuous vegetation, 3) REDUCE height of vegetation in 30-foot zone, 4) REMOVE ladder fuels such as low tree limbs 6 to 8 feet off the ground, 5) Create a 30-foot wide “lean, clean and green” area and 70-foot wide area with REDUCED fuel and 6) Maintain vegetation within the defendable space.  More information:  

Prepare Your Car for Winter-- Build an Emergency Car Kit:  1) Check or have a mechanic check items, such as:  antifreeze levels, battery and ignition system, brakes, exhaust system, fuel and air filters, heater and defroster, lights and flashing hazard lights, oil, thermostat, windshield wiper equipment, washer fluid level and winter tires.  If you plan to travel add the following to the emergency kit in your vehicle:  shovel, ice scraper, snow brush, boots, mittens, warm clothes, blankets, tow chain or rope, road sale and sand, tire chains or snow tires.   For more tips: 


CITY OF MILLBRAE AND CENTRAL COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT PRESENT COMMUNITY EMERGENCY RESPONSE TEAM (CERT) TRAINING – FREE!   Classes begin Thursday, January 18, 2018, 6:30pm-9:00pm, David Chetcuti Community Room, 450 Poplar Ave., Millbrae.  Dino will email information to current program members regarding volunteer opportunities to assist during the classes.  Volunteer time will be credited to you!  Please encourage your family members,neighbors and friends to register for classes.   The detailed Class Schedule and email registration address is on the below printable link for you to distribute.  There are still registrant places available! 

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.



PLEASE SAVE THE DATE AND MARK YOUR CALENDAR NOW -- SILVER DRAGON BEING REPLACED: Captain Patrick Halleran sent the following email to our Program Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri:

On December 26, 2017 during the Emergency Managers Association Meeting there was a presentation by Dr. Shruti Dhapodkar MD, Health Emergency Preparedness Program Manager for the SMC Health Dept. (as she put it – she’s the “new Carl Hess”).  Shruti announced that in 2018 there will be a different CERT exercise instead of Silver Dragon.  The exercise does not have a name yet, but will focus on Light Search and Rescue and Triage.  The exercise itself is scheduled for THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018.  We will be notified as more information becomes available.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day will be celebrated on Monday – January 15th.   I came upon an excerpt in a speech that Dr. King gave that seems appropriate to share as we CERT, LEND, MARC and SVIP volunteers begin our new year of team service to our community:

“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk;

  if you can’t walk then crawl; but whatever you do

            you have to keep moving forward.”  

Submitted by:                                                                                                                                                                                        

Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                                                                                   

Public Information Officer                                                                                                                                                               

Millbrae LEND-CERT



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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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