We invite you to participate in Burlingame’s next Citywide Emergency Drill from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 13, 2018. Participating in the drill is the best thing you can do to familiarize yourself, your family and your neighbors with best practices for responding to a major disaster. It also will train you in how to request help from professional emergency responders and receive official notifications.
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Last Year's 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 Citywide Emergency Drill here.