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Severe Weather Request - Volunteers may be needed to help sand bagging and community notification efforts

posted Jan 7, 2017, 1:38 PM by MPFPD Community Emergency Response Team
CCM Volunteer 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 of East Palo Alto - Support Request
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
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.
There are sand filling locations set up at Menlo Fire Station 77 (1467 Chilco St.) and at Holbrook-Palmer Park.

CERT Team - Support Request
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 cert@menlofire.org 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.

Thank you for your service to your community. Stay safe!


Michael Ralston

Community Crisis Management, Program Director

Menlo Park Fire District, PIO



(650) 235-0514



Severe Weather Advisory

The 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 power lines.

Residents are urged to prepare in advance of the storm:

  • Stock up on flashlights and batteries to be prepared for a power outage. Visit the PG&E website for essential information about power outages: http://www.pge.com/en/myhome/outages/index.page
  • If you have flood-prone areas around your home, consider stocking up on sandbags now. A complimentary Sandbag Station is available to East Palo Alto residents at the City’s Corporate Maintenance Yard located at 150 Tara St., East Palo Alto..
  • Secure outdoor items that can be blown about by strong wind.
  • If safe and possible, consider working with your neighbors to keep local gutters and storm drains free of debris.
  • Stock up on food and water in order to avoid unnecessary driving during heavy rain and wind.
  • Report down trees, power lines, flooding or other hazards by calling our 24-hour non-emergency number: 650-853-3100

Additional flood preparedness tips:

  • Charge mobile devices in advance of possible power outages
  • Turn Around, Don't Drown® - Avoid walking or driving through flood waters; just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.
  • If you receive a flash flood alert, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.
  • Get more flood safety tips at https://www.ready.gov/floods
  • Get National Weather Service Updates at http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/FXC/wxstory.php?wfo=mtr

In the event of an emergency, call us by dialing 9-1-1.


Crisis Communications Team Information


  • 440.600 MHz +   91.5
  • 444.500 MHz + 100.0
  • 146.865 MHz  -  114.8
  • Register for San Mateo County Emergency Services Alerts to stay informed during critical incidents, storms and emergencies
  • Sign up for Flood Alerts with the San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority,  to monitor the forecast and see a real time, searchable Google map of areas at risk of flooding. 


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

If possible, monitor both 147.555 and 440.600 MHz for our own areas.

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.


650-363-4911 County


Jon Mosby, KF6RFQ

kf6rfq@arrl.net • 650-326-2230

Emergency Coordinator

  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

cert@menlofirecert.com - www.menlofirecert.com - 

Building a Crisis-Resilient Community

MPFPD Community Emergency Response Team,
Jan 7, 2017, 1:38 PM