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Rescuers on Bourbon Street following Hurricane Katrina

To mark the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, the Menlo Park Fire Protection District released a number of documents and photographs never seen before by the public, including the District’s formal after action report and an internal team power point presentation.

Warns Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman: “Some photographs and slides in the Power Point may not be suitable for small children as they show death and destruction. Discretion is recommended. [They] were carefully included to help show what rescuers were confronted with and the level of human suffering, misery, death, destruction and impact that this event had to all those who were impacted by this unbelievable tragedy.”

Hurricane evacuation route

The Fire District sponsors a State Water Rescue Team (SWRT) and a Federal Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (US&R), both of which responded to New Orleans ten year’s ago. California Task Force 3 (CA-TF3) is one of 8 SWRT State of California Teams and one of 28 National US&R’s Task Forces.

Over 100 members from CA-TF3 responded to New Orleans over the course of a 34 days. According to the Chief, team members were responsible for over a thousand victim rescues but could only confirm and document 792 saves. They located 26 deceased individuals and searched over 2,700 structures.

Evacuating victims

The 14-member Water Rescue Team arrived in New Orleans on morning of August 30th via military airlift and worked until September 14th. On their best day, they collectively worked with the Oakland Fire Department’s Water Rescue Team, a New Orleans Fire Captain, Kentucky Air Guard Para-Rescue, and others to locate, rescue and remove 502 victims above Bourbon Street and along I-10 to safety flying 67 air missions using helicopters.

The 80-person Task Force arrived in New Orleans on September 8th. They were deployed on August 31, driving a convoy of trucks, equipment, and personnel after being staged in Houston, Texas for several days. They were released on September 20th. It is believed that they found and rescued the last living victim in New Orleans related to Hurricane Katrina on September 17.

rafts with helicopter

“From our meeting with FEMA Director Brown  — we were jokingly accused of getting him fired — to getting Governor Schwarzenegger to finally recognize all of the California teams service, to allegedly stealing (borrowing) journalist Ted Koppel’s helicopter, Hurricane Katrina will always standout as one of our team’s most interesting and challenging deployments,” writes Chief Schapelhouman.

huge airplane open

Photos courtesy of Menlo Park Fire Protection District

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Watch free movies in downtown Menlo Park on four Friday nights in September

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Join us for a night of watching the stars, under the stars. The 2015 Menlo Movie Series features free movies in downtown Menlo Park on the Chestnut Paseo (Chestnut St. & Santa Cruz Ave.) each Friday night in September. Grab a chair, blanket, and some snacks to enjoy a community movie night with your friends and […]

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Schuyler Knapp’s Eagle Scout project benefits his high school – M-A – and fellow students

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This summer, Schuyler Knapp, a current sophomore at Menlo-Atherton High School, built 10 lunch tables  for his fellow students as his Eagle Scout project. Schuyler is a member of Boy Scout Troup 206. He’s been involved in scouting since he was a first grader.

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Community invited to review Flood Park design ideas

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San Mateo County Parks will host a community meeting to show three alternatives for a redesigned Flood Park on Tuesday, Sept. 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Fair Oaks Community Center (2600 Middlefield Road, Redwood City). At the meeting, participants will be asked to indicate which design alternatives resonates with them or which […]

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Another automobile lands in the channel along Marsh Road resulting in partial road closure on Aug. 26

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Monday night (Aug. 24) at approximately 11:30 p.m., a vehicle went into the Marsh Road channel near Middlefield taking out about 200 feet of fence. The driver of the vehicle was transported to Stanford Hospital ER for medical treatment. There was a passenger in the vehicle that escaped without injuries. Captain Seth Johnson and other firefighters […]

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M-A grad Hannah Rosenfeld launches Kickstarter campaign for Buddy Watch

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Semester system colleges across America start classes over the next two weeks, which means that parents are parting ways with their kids and sending them into new and unfamiliar territory. For worried parents and discerning freshmen, news reports about crimes on and around campuses, especially in urban areas, are unavoidable. It’s no coincidence that a […]

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Memorial service for Peninsula photographer and music producer Reginald McGovern set for Aug. 21

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Reginald McGovern, who touched the lives of many on the mid-Peninsula both as a pioneering photographer and a band music record producer, died August 5, 2015 in Mountain View at the age of 95 of complications from a fall. A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm Friday, Aug. 21, at Peninsula Covenant Church, 3560 Farm […]

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“Overloaded, Underprepared, and Far from Ready for Adulthood” is first topic of M-A Parent Ed series on Aug. 26

Join Denise Pope and Maureen Brown, co-authors of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids, and Julie Lythcott-Haims, author of How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success, in discussion of their new books at the initial M-A Parent Education talk on […]

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Family Dynamics Workshop at Rosener House on August 18

Sometimes sharing and communicating with family members about caregiving for a loved one can be challenging. Learn how to foster agreement, encourage cooperation, and receive tips for more effective communication within families at a free Family Dynamics Workshop on August 18 from 4:30 to 6:00 presented by Christina Irving of the Family Caregiver Alliance. * Learn […]

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Upcoming August events at Menlo Park Library

Eden Aoba Taiko – August 15 Japanese-style drumming group Eden Aoba Taiko will be presenting a family program on the lawn outside the Menlo Park Library on Saturday, August 15 at 10:30 am. The group’s members range in age from six years old to over 80, and make their own traditional drums. Bibliocraft – August […]

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Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park hosts inaugural “Art & Appetizers” fundraiser on August 22

The first annual “Arts & Appetizers” fundraising event presented by the Kiwanis Club of Menlo Park will be held on August 22, from 5:00-9:00 pm at a private home in Atherton. “This event brings together several top local gallery artists, and showcases various art styles and media. Guests will enjoy wine, heavy appetizers and desserts as […]

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