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Results of the recent referendum on CERT Bylaws and Code of Conduct are as follows:

Referendum Item
Yes Votes
No Votes
Bylaws
59
1
Code of Conduct
58
2

The Bylaws and Code of Conduct are adopted.

Nominations for the MPFPD CERT Executive Board are now open.

The Deadline for submitting nominations is
midnight, Saturday, September 3, 2016


What is the CERT Executive Board?


The CERT Executive Board (Board) consists of CERT members who volunteer to help lead the CERT organization during their term of office. This leadership consists of contributing your vision, representing the needs of your community, attending Board meetings, and voting on matters before the Board. The Board elects an Executive Committee consisting of a Chair, Vice Chair, and Recording Secretary. The Board may also create sub­committees, which Board members may or may not participate in. Board member are also expected to assist with other CERT activities as may be necessary to assure the smooth operations of the CERT organization.

Who may serve on the Executive Board?
•    Anyone 18 years of age or older.
•    Residents of the Menlo Park Fire Protection District.
•    Any resident who has taken a Basic CERT Training Course.

How many Board members are there?
The number of Board members must be between nine (9) and seventeen (17). For our first election we are opting for nine (9) Board members.

What is the Term of Office for Board members?
The term of office for the initial  Board are staggered (1, 2, or 3 year terms) to avoid the possibility in which all Board members stand for re­election at the same time. This provides some continutiy of leadership over time.

One-thirfd of Initial Board members serve a term of: 
  1. one (1) year (3 Board Members)
  2. two (2) years  (3 Board Members)
  3. three (3) years (3 Board Members)

The initial Board members determine, by volunteering or by lottery, who will serve which terms

Subsequently, the term of office for all Board members is three years, unless amended in the Bylaws.

Nomination Procedure
To nominate someone , including yourself, for election to the Executive Board, click below

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Geographical Representation
The Bylaws stipulate that the Executive Board represent the diverse geography within the MPFPD:
  • At least two members must reside in the Town of Atherton
  • At least two members must reside in the City of East Palo Alto
  • At least two members must reside in the City of Menlo Park
  • At least two members must reside in unincorporated San Mateo County

Winners will be determined as follows:
  • The two highest vote getters from candidates residing in the Town of Atherton
  • The two highest vote getters from candidates residing in the City of East Palo Alto
  • The two highest vote getters from candidates residing in the City of Menlo Park
  • The two highest vote getters from candidates residing in unincorporated San Mateo County
  • The ninth member of the Executive Board will be the candidate with the most votes across all of the above geographical areas who was not otherwise elected.
Election Schedule
  • Ballots will be emailed on Sunday, September 4, 2016 via email to CERT members.
  • Voting will close at midnight, Sunday, September 11, 2016.
  • Voting will close at midnight, Sunday, September 11, 2016.
  • Results of Elections will be announced on September 12, 2016.



The Deadline for submitting nominations is
midnight, Saturday, September 3, 2016.
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Menlo Park Fire Protection District 
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT)
Where CERTs Click!
Spanish Website (computer translation)

Make a Plan - Get a Kit - Communicate
Join your neighbors and become a CERT member!
  • neighborhood-based teams - ages 16 and older
  • earthquake preparedness - firefighting - first aid and medical triage - search and rescue - damage assessment - gas and electric control - traffic & crowd management - emergency communications - pet preparedness - flood response - wildfire - firefighter rehabilitation
  • all classes taught by professional responders and experienced volunteers - practical, hands-on learning activities
  • sponsored by Menlo Park Fire Protection District, the State of California, and FEMA
  • learn how CERT teams work together following a disaster (see video)
  • for more information check our FAQs or email cert@menlofirecert.com

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Take FEMA's IS-317, Introduction to CERT online course to learn more. Note: This course is not a substitute for the introductory CERT course taught by the Menlo Park Fire District. 

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