A total of 424 Burlingame residents participated in the Citywide Emergency Drill held October 13 in 23 neighborhood groups throughout Burlingame. They learned how to self-organize and support one another during a disaster, and how to send requests for help and receive official notifications via a volunteer Ham radio network.
Organized by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network, the drill was supported by Burlingame CERTs and local Ham radio operators stationed at local elementary schools and the Emergency Operations Center. It was supported by the Central County Fire Department (CCFD) and Burlingame Police Department, whose representatives visited drill sites, along with City Manager Lisa Goldman.
During the drill, participants searched for “incidents” describing emergencies that were planted on people’s lawns and practiced communicating back and forth to their neighborhood base.
Many participants expressed interest in getting CERT training. Information about upcoming CERT classes, as well as “Get Ready” three-hours classes, is posted on CCFD’s website here.