2018 Drill Is Burlingame's Biggest Ever

More than 400 Burlingame residents participated in the Citywide Emergency Drill held October at 23 drills 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.

The drill was featured on NBC Bay Area here.

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.

Burlingame's 2017 Drill

More that 330 Burlingame residents participated in the Citywide Emergency Drill held on October 14, 2017. Organized by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network with support from the Central County Fire Department (CCFD), the Burlingame Police Department, CERTs and Ham radio operators, this exercise was, by far, the biggest one we’ve held.

During the 90-minute exercise, groups canvassed blocks in 10 neighborhoods, looking for emergency “incidents” such as fires or gas leaks that were attached to small flags on lawns. They learned how to support one another following a disaster, when residents are advised they may be on their own for 72 hours or longer. They also discovered how to communicate via a Burlingame network staffed by volunteer Ham radio operators that allows them to request and receive help from professional responders – even when normal channels of communication are down.

The drill was organized by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) with support from local HAM radio operators, Burlingame CERTs, the Central County Fire Department (CCFD) and the Burlingame Police Department.

Central County Fire representatives and Police Chief Eric Wollman stopped by during the drill and answered questions. Vice Mayor Michael Brownrigg served as scribe for the Adeline Drive group, and Council Member Emily Beach and City Manager Lisa Goldman paid visits.

You can access and download photos of our 2017 Citywide Emergency Drill here.

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Photos from 2016 Citywide Emergency Drill

Photos of Clarendon, Francisco, Los Robles, Montero and Newlands Groups
Photos of Marin, Sanchez and Victoria Groups