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Severe Weather Request - Volunteers may be needed to help sand bagging and community notification efforts
As was the case in the floods in 2012, we may be called upon to support Public Safety in conducting a door to door safety check and hazard notification. If this is requested by the Public Safety leadership, our CERT Team will be notified via text message and will be asked to reply to receive further instructions. If you are willing to make yourself available this weekend, should the need arise, please send and email to email@example.com stating your name, phone number and confirmation of your availability. This will help us in coordinating any operations that may be requested. Please see attached Press Release for more information.
CERT Team - Support Request
There are sand filling locations set up at Menlo Fire Station 77 (1467 Chilco St.) and at Holbrook-Palmer Park.
City Contacts Justin Murphy or Ruben Nino, (650) 330-6300 --> have not requested additional help, but may offer some guidance as to their current needs.
CCM Volunteer RequestCity of East Palo Alto - Support Request
Community Crisis Management team members (both CERT and local COAD) who may be available and willing to support the preparation efforts underway are encouraged to contact the following people:
City Engineer Kamal Fallaha, (650) 906-7482 --> may need help staffing sand bag filling stations in EPA on Saturday and Sunday.
There are two sand filling locations for local residents, located at the City Corp Yard (150 Tara St, East Palo Alto) and around the corner from the Home Depot
This is a volunteer activity, but you are asked to wear your CERT gear as identification.
City of Menlo Park - Information Only
Thank you for your service to your community. Stay safe!
Community Crisis Management, Program Director
Menlo Park Fire District, PIO
Severe Weather Advisory
National Weather Service, Bay Area is warning that a significant storm is
headed our way. Light rain is expected to begin Saturday then become heavy
Saturday evening lasting through Sunday. Heavy rainfall may overwhelm waterways
and roadway drainage systems, leading to flooding. High winds from 15-30 mph
are also expected, with gusts up to 40 mph, which may lead to downed trees and
Additional flood preparedness tips:
In the event of an emergency, call us by dialing 9-1-1.
Crisis Communications Team InformationMonitor
TO RECEIVE ALERTS AND MONITOR CREEK LEVELS:
1) Register at SMC ALERT to receive notifications during urgent or emergency situations. You can set alerts to send emergency and non-emergency text and voice messages at: https://member.everbridge.net/index/892807736723485#/login
2) Monitor San Francisquito Creek levels and sign up to receive alerts specific to the creek flood conditions at: http://creek-prod-1456087410.us-west-2.elb.amazonaws.com/
3) Monitor SF Creek water levels – Palo Alto Creekcam & Creek Monitor at http://www.cityofpaloalto.org/gov/depts/pwd/creek_monitor/
4) For tips to prepare for a flood, go to: http://www.valleywater.org/Services/DuringAFlood.aspx
5) Use: #CAStorm and #CAFlood
possible, monitor both 147.555 and 440.600 MHz for our own
If you can only monitor one, I would suggest 445.600MHz. If you have a scanner, you might also listen to 444.500 and 146.865MHz.
Please log and report any emergency radio communications you are involved with. If you can not reach anyone on the radio, phone Jon Mosby, or the County.
Jon Mosby, KF6RFQ
firstname.lastname@example.org • 650-326-2230
Amateur Radio Emergency Service • ARES/RACES
for Atherton, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park
Homeless Shelter Information:
For the Evening of Friday-Sunday, January 6-8th - Emergency shelter beds ARE ACTIVATED due to a significant weather system affecting the County of San Mateo.
If you are assisting a person or family who is in need of shelter, please refer them to the nearest Core Service Agency. The list of Core Service Agencies is available at http://hsa.smcgov.org/emergency-safety-net-assistance-cores. If you are assisting a person or family after business hours, please contact Charlie Hamilton with LifeMoves at (650) 222-9489. *PLEASE NOTE: From Friday, January 5th to Monday, January 9th, 2017, inclement weather referrals will be completed by Patty Hutchinson, (650) 222-4988.
If you have any concerns or questions please contact Trisha Howard at (650) 802-6590 or Ali Shirkhani at (650) 802-7675.
MPFPD Community Crisis Management - 300 Middlefield Rd - Menlo Park, CA 94025
Building a Crisis-Resilient Community
CERT members will likely recall the dramatic video sown during the basic CERT training class of a Christmas tree virtually exploding into flames due to a short in the electrical wiring of the tree lights. As a CERT member, please help keep your neighbors and family safe this holiday season by remind people of basic safety guidelines, especially when you see anything that looks suspect to you. As a reminder, check out this information from FEMA and the National Fire Protection Association.
From the CDC comes this timely reminder about the hazards associated with prolonged exposure to cold temperatures. If you are traveling to the mountains for skiing, or to colder climes for the holidays, be sure to pack warm clothing, dress in layers, and stay alert for signs of hypothermia.
Warning Signs of Hypothermia
While hypothermia generally occurs at very cold temperatures, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says that it can happen even at cool temperatures (above 40°F) if a person becomes chilled from rain, sweat, or submersion in cold water.
As winter approaches, it’s important to know the warning signs of hypothermia and what to do if you notice those signs.
Warnings Signs of Hypothermia
If you must go outside, prevent hypothermia by:
Remember to fall back (move your clocks back one hour) before your go to bed on Saturday, November 4. This is also a good time to check your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detector batteries. See this information from FEMA.
Learn the basics you of using a ham radio you need to know.
This session will cover the basic fundamentals of your ham radio usage. It is designed for the new ham that may or may not yet have their radio, but wants to be able to use one well and effectively. If you have not been on the air, yet, or if you just want to brush up, this class is for you.
First Baptist Church of Menlo Park
For additional information: 650-326-2230
CERT members! Are you also a small business or non-profit employee? If so, you should check out FEMAs QuakeSmart Community Resilience Program for Businesses and Organizations (QuakeSmart). QuakeSmart features streamlined business continuity planning and mitigation project plans with simple, step-by-step tools to help reduce risk and protect employees, customers, and the community where you do business. More than 450 businesses and organizations already enjoy the benefits of QuakeSmart. When you do, you will help your organization become disaster resilient, so you can recover quickly when disasters like earthquakes strike.
We came across this great page from PGE reminding us of how to deal with natural gas during emergency situations.
Gas safety tips
Safety is our highest priority. Follow these safety tips to keep yourself and your family safe.
For some, the magic of Halloween is veiled in the mystery of faces covered by frightening masks or the glee of toddlers dressed in cute costumes. For others, it's the trick-or-treating, classroom dress-up parties or family trips to a neighborhood haunted house.
For moms and dads, often there is a fine line between Halloween fun and safety concerns, especially when it comes to road and pedestrian safety.
In 2013, an estimated 6,100 pedestrian deaths and 160,000 medically consulted nonfatal injuries occurred among pedestrians in motor vehicle incidents, according toInjury Facts 2015, the statistical report on unintentional injuries created by the National Safety Council. Read More…
An earthquake swarm near Bombay Beach, California, started on Sept. 26, 2016, in the Brawley Seismic Zone, which lies near the southern terminus of the San Andreas Fault.
The swarm includes 96 earthquakes above magnitude 2 so far (as of 12:00 pm PDT on Sept. 30, 2016). Relocations of these events show that they are occurring in the depth range 4 to 9 km. The largest of these events were two M4.3 earthquakes and a M4.1 earthquake on Sept. 26.
The earthquakes are occurring near a set of north-northeast trending cross-faults beneath the Salton Sea. The cross-faults are part of a fault network that connect the southernmost end of the San Andreas Fault with the Imperial Fault. Some of the cross-faults are oriented such that they add stress to the San Andreas Fault and the San Jacinto Fault system when they rupture in small earthquakes like those in the ongoing swarm.
Swarm-like activity in this region has occurred in the past, so this week’s activity, in and of itself, is not necessarily cause for alarm.
Preliminary calculations indicate that, as of 12:00 pm (PDT) on Sept. 30, 2016, there is 0.006% to 0.2% chance (less than 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 500) of a magnitude 7 or greater earthquake being triggered on the Southern San Andreas Fault within the next seven days through October 7, with the likelihood decreasing over time. This range is estimated using several models developed in California to assess foreshock/aftershock probabilities, and the lower bound is about equal to the average chance of a magnitude 7 earthquake occurring on the Southern San Andreas Fault in any given week.
These revised probabilities are lower than those made earlier this week, due to decreasing swarm activity. The probabilities may change if the swarm activity increases or decreases.