Central County Fire
May
CERT NEWSLETTER

May 2021
"Doing the greatest good for the greatest number"
IN THIS ISSUE:
  • Are You Ready for Wildfire?
  • Keeping San Mateo County Strong - Mental Health Month
  • CERT Training
  • Resource Links
Are You Ready for Wildfire?

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Wednesday, May 26th at 5:00 PM

The 4.2 million acres burned across California in 2020 are the most in a single year since CalFire began keeping records, and more than the last three years combined. While it’s only May, we have already had red flag warnings and numerous grass fires in San Mateo County and the Bay Area. Are you prepared? Join us for a Virtual Wildfire Preparedness Event and hear from experts on how to prepare yourself and your family!
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Take Steps Today to Prepare for Wildfires!
May is Wildfire Awareness Month. As the weather becomes warmer and wildland vegetation, or fuels, begin to dry out, it is time to plan and prepare for wildfires.

Taking steps to make your home survivable and community adaptable to wildfire helps protect your community and firefighters too. Learn how to mitigate wildfire risk around your property and community.
Most fires can be prevented. The public plays a valuable role in preventing wildfires.
Preventable wildfires threaten lives, property, and our precious natural resources. Whether it is properly extinguishing a campfire or keeping your vehicle maintained to prevent sparks, following just a few simple steps can help prevent wildfires.
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Are You Doing The Right Thing, The Wrong Way?
Whether working to create defensible space around your home, just mowing the lawn, or pulling your dirt bike over to the side of the road, if you live in a wildland area you need to use all equipment responsibly. Lawn mowers, weed-eaters, chain saws, grinders, welders, tractors, and trimmers can all spark a wildland fire. Do your part, the right way, to keep your community fire safe.
Keeping San Mateo County Strong
This year has affected all of us in different ways. But there’s one thing that keeps San Mateo County strong: a sense of community. That’s why Headspace and San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services are working together to provide free resources that can help residents weather this storm.

Sign up to access meditations, sleep sounds, and movement exercises designed to help you care for your mind — all free through September 14 2021 for new Headspace members.* Because in times like these, a little support goes a long way.


CERT Hybrid Training Online
Now you can complete most of the free CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training in the comfort of your own home. This comprehensive course will teach you skills that enable you to help yourself, your family and others during large and small emergencies.
 
The Central County Fire Department invites you to sign up here for Online Hybrid CERT Training, which allows you to meet the lecture portion of the training requirements online. To get started, register online here. You will then be provided a link to the online course that you can begin anytime and complete at your own pace.

CCFD provides free emergency preparedness training for individuals, neighborhood groups and community‐based organizations in Burlingame, Hillsborough and Millbrae. The CCFD CERT Program teaches self‐reliance skills that enable neighborhoods to establish response teams that help during emergencies until professional help arrives.
SMC ALERT is an alert notification system used to immediately contact you during urgent or emergency situations. You can set alerts to send emergency and non-emergency text and voice messages to your:
  • email accounts
  • cell phones, smartphones, tablets
  • voice messages to landline phones (home & work)

SMC ALERT is free.
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