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August 2017 Newletter

Happy August everyone!  Yes…”August already.”  This is a time when families begin to return home from their summertime get-a-ways and realize that there is so much to do to transition from a more casual and unstructured life style to readjusting back to a more structured and for some a more hectic and busy reality.

For instance the weather in August traditionally remains hot and dry.  Following are a few suggestions on how to get into a comfort zone:  stay indoors in air conditioning if possible, and n the shade if you go outside;  if your home is not air conditioned, spend at least two hours daily at an air-conditioned mall, library, or other public place;  wear sunscreen outside, along with light-colored clothes that cover as much skin as possible;  drink water regularly even if you are not thirsty – limit alcohol which speeds dehydration;  never leave children or pets alone in the car;  avoid exertion during the hottest part of the day and take a cool shower or bath.  (Excerpt by Eric Thybony “Emergency preparedness Guide”).  We should be sure to check on neighbors and friends, especially our elder population.

Speaking about PETS, you can log onto: to learn how to create a Pet Emergency Kit. Topics include: Food, First aid Kit, a Collar with ID tag, harness or leash and Familiar items.

Many schools will begin the Fall semester in August.  This is a great time to call a family meeting and review back-to-school safety precautions.  If you have a “Neighborhood Watch Program” where you live you may want to take the opportunity to have a meeting.  If you don’t have the NWP – perhaps consider talking with your neighbors about forming one -- telephone Millbrae Police Bureau: 259-2300 for expert assistance.

Help prevent vehicle break-ins and theft with some Car Safety Tips from National Neighborhood Watch:  Always lock doors after entering/leaving your car; Park in well-lit, active areas; Have your car keys in your hand so you don’t have to linger before entering your car; Check back seat before entering your car; If you think you are being followed, drive to a public place or a police, sheriff or fire station; If your car breaks down open the hood and attach a white cloth to the car antenna; If someone stops to help, stay in the locked car, roll down window just a little bit and ask them to call police, sheriff, AAA or tow truck for you (if you don’t have cell phone); Don’t stop to aid motorists stopped on the side of the road- use your cell phone (or go to a public phone) to request help for them.

And, we can’t forget upcoming Millbrae Community Events:                                                                             

Tues. 8/01:  3pm-7pm Central Park Sheriff Activity League (SAL) hosts National Night Out – GREAT FUN!                        

Fri.     8/04:  8:30 PM Central Park SAL - Movie “The Big Friendly Giant” bring blankets/low back chairs                           

Sat.    8/12: 10am-3pm: Millbrae Historical Society YARD SALE, Friends of Library Bargain Book Sale                                    

Sat.    8/19:  9:00am:  Millbrae Lions Club Machines Car Show – Downtown Broadway                                                             

Sat.   9/02 and Sun. 9/03:  10am-5pm: Chamber of Commerce ART AND WINE FESTIVAL

Please visit the Millbrae Preparedness Volunteers at the A&W Festival (next to CCFD booth!  Sign-up for the January 2018 CERT Class.  Click on the below link to see the Class Schedule.                                                                                       

CERT 2018 Class Schedule                      

Submitted by:  Marge Colapietro, Millbrae LEND/CERT Public Information Officer

Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :08/01/2017

July 2017 Newsletter

Welcome to July 2017 – a month dedicated to the celebration of our independence.  On July 4, 1776 by unanimous action of the Representatives of the thirteen United States of America at the Second Continental Congress THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE was published and declared (in part): “….. We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness….”  On behalf of your CERT Leadership Team Members we thank each and all of our Millbrae CERT Volunteers for exercising your rights and freedom to be an integral part of our Emergency Prepared Program.  We wish everyone a very Happy and Safe Independence Day!

We remind everyone that FIREWORKS ARE NOT ALLOWED WITHIN THE CITY OF MILLBRAE.  If you see and hear fireworks in your neighborhood please take a moment to contact our Sheriff’s Office: (650) 697-1212 or (650) 363-4911 and provide the specific location where the incident(s) are taking place – YOU may be the one who prevents a disaster.


To all who participated in the San Mateo County 2017 Disaster Preparedness Day on June 10th.  Our CERT/LEND/MARC/SVIP’s were again outstanding – lots of “kudos” from lots of folks!

To all who attended the CCFD Pancake Breakfast on June 17th.  A report was provided that over 300 people attended the event at CCFD Station 34 with over close to $6000 was raised to benefit the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation – a non-profit dedicated to burn prevention and survivor assistance!  Donations are accepted year-round.

To the seven Millbrae Amateur Radio Club (MARC) members who participated in the 2017 ARRL Field Day at Coyote Point Park. Deputy Dan Bennett of the SMC Sheriff’s Office hosted the event on behalf of the Sheriff’s Communication Unit.  The day consisted of additional HAM radio training, focusing on HF communications, emergency preparedness – and “we had fun with greeting visitors and explaining field day procedures,” said MARC President John Fern!  Well done!

To Former Burlingame Fire CHIEF BILL REILLY– now SMC OES Coordinator AND Millbrae OES Coordinator for his great presentation at the June 27th Millbrae City Council meeting.  Chief Reilly gave a report about the much needed update to the SMC Emergency Services Operation Plan, the almost completed work in the David J. Chetcuti Community Room that serves as the City’s Emergency Operations Center (OES).  He also gave a well-deserved shout-out to our Millbrae Volunteer Emergency Services Coordinator – DINO DE RANIERI for the awesome dedication and work he does keeping our own Emergency Preparedness Program as one of the best in SMC – Chief also expressed how amazing it is that through Dino’s leadership and that of our great volunteers a small city like Millbrae can do so much!  Thank you Chief and thank you Dino!


To LISA BARTOLO who, for the past nine years has worked with CCFD in their Emergency Preparedness Program.  Lisa has done a wonderful job working with our CCFD CERT Training Firefighters and with Dino since our merger into CCFD.  It was recently announced that Lisa has received a job promotion to Account Technician at CCFD beginning July 1st.

Dino has commented – “Lisa has gone above and beyond for our Millbrae CERT program.  We are fortunate and grateful to have some of her time and her work on our behalf.  We are very happy for Lisa, we congratulate her and wish her all good things as she moves forward.  KUDOS LISA!”


Attached is a copy of the Millbrae CERT Upcoming Events from July through October – PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND SAVE THE DATES.  Of immediate note:  The American Cancer Society will have the Annual Relay for Life Millbrae beginning 10am – Saturday, July 15th through 10:00am Sunday, July 16th at Spring Valley School, 817 Murchison Drive.  CERT/LEND/MARC are invited to participate.  Dino will email more details as needed.  You are invited to visit:  www.relayforlifemillbrae  where you’ll find general information about the Relay event.

Also attached is a copy of the next City of Millbrae and CCFD CERT Training Program scheduled to begin January 18th.  You are encouraged to spread the word to your family members, neighbors and others whom you think will be interested.


Only use your grill outside away from under roof edges and well away from siding, deck railings and tree branches;  wear short sleeves or roll them up when cooking on the grill;  open the gas grill before lighting;  use long-handled barbeque tools;  keep a 3-foot zone around grills, fire pits and campfires – that will help keep kids and pets safe;  never leave your grill, fire pit or patio torches unattended;  clean your grill after each use to remove grease that can start a fire and place coals from your grill in a metal can with a lid once they have cooled.  For additional information visit the U.S. Fire Administration and also:  for great ideas to help keep your home cool for the summer!

Submitted by Marge Colapietro                                                                                                                           

Public Information Officer                                                                                                                        

Millbrae CERT-LEND Programs 

Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :06/30/2017

June 2017 Newsletter

It should be no surprise to hear that the month of June is one of the busiest of the year:  Pre-school, elementary school, middle school, high school and college graduations; engagements, weddings, vacations, staycations, youth sports, summer camps, local festivals and the like.  Whether at home or away one thing is for certain - we need to be diligent with our scheduling and planning so that summertime is well-organized, has something for everyone, includes fun and is safe.

June celebrations include June 14 – U.S. Flag Day, June 13 SMC Annual Disaster Preparedness Day, June 18 – Father’s Day, June 21 Summer Solstice and the United States celebrates June as National Safety Month.  (Thursday - June 8th is our Radio Net).

You should have received an email from our Millbrae CERT Coordinator – Dino DeRanieri requesting the need for our CERT Members to volunteer for the SMC Disaster Preparedness Day.  Attached to the email is the Event Flier with all details.  This is one of the most prestigious Emergency Preparedness Events in our County.  ASAP lease email Dino:  if you are able to participate – we want to keep our “Millbrae can do” spirit again this year.

Whether at home or away it is always smart to “Build a Kit” for home and when travelling.  FEMA’s guidelines to include enough food, water and medical supplies in our emergency kits to last for at least 72 hours.  gives specific recommendations for a basic supplies of: water, food, battery-powered or hand crank radio, flashlight and extra batteries, first aid kit, whistle to signal for help, dust mask, plastic sheeting and duct tape (to shelter in place), moist towelettes, garbage bags and plastic ties for personal sanitation, wrench or pliers to turn off utilities, manual can opener, local maps and cell phone with chargers, inverter or solar charger.

Public Safety also includes “Prevention.”  The National Safety Council:  has quite an interesting article: Top Causes of Unintentional injury and Death in Homes and Communities.  The top seven causes can happen whether at home or while driving:  poisoning, motor vehicle crashes, falls, choking and suffocation, drowning, fires and burns, and natural and environmental incidents.

“The world is moved along, not only by the mighty shoves of its heroes, but also by the

aggregate of tiny pushes of each honest worker.” -- Helen Keller (born on June 27th )

Submitted by:

Marge Colapietro

Public Information Officer

Millbrae CERT/LEND

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Posted by : Lee, Alex Updated on :06/01/2017