More than 530 individuals turned out for the Burlingame Neighborhood Network’s seventh annual Burlingame Disaster Survival Drill on Saturday, October 12, participating in 32 neighborhood groups throughout the city. Last year, a total of 432 people took part.
The drill was supported by the Central County Fire Department, the Burlingame Police Department, Burlingame CERTs and local HAM radio operators. Mayor Donna Colson, Vice Mayor Emily Beach, Councilmember Michael Brownrigg, City Manager Lisa Goldman and Kay Coskey, vice president of the Burlingame School District Board of Trustees, also participated.
The drill helped residents learn how neighbors can team up to respond to incidents following a major emergency, when emergency help is likely to be unavailable for at least 72 hours. They also tested an emergency communications network staffed by Ham radio operators that allows neighbors to escalate requests for help from emergency responders and receive official alerts.