Up to 20 emergency caches to be distributed to Burlingame neighborhoods, thanks to the Burlingame City Council. The caches, valued at $550, are for use in neighborhoods in the event of an emergency. They are filled with emergency supplies that include first aid essentials, tools that enable volunteers to protect themselves (hard hats, safety goggles, dust masks, gloves, etc.); and materials needed to set up an emergency base and equip teams of volunteers to aid victims and assess damage after a disaster.
The Burlingame Neighborhood Network will be distributing these caches to neighborhoods that have a track record of engagement with emergency preparedness activities and training, including Citywide Emergency Drills. The next drill will be held on Saturday, October 13. The caches will allow neighbors to help one another in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, without having to scramble for suppliers. Emergency responders routinely advise that residents will be on their own for as long as a week after a major catastrophe, while they are taking care of critical emergencies.
Burlingame residents who would like a cache for their neighborhood can request an application form by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are due August 30. You can also sign up for the next Citywide Emergency Drill at that email address.