The Burlingame Neighborhood Network has distributed 28 emergency caches to neighborhood groups that have a track record of engagement in emergency preparedness activities. The caches, valued at $550, are for use in neighborhoods in the event of an emergency. They are funded by the City of Burlingame. The caches are filled with emergency supplies that include first aid essentials, tools that enable volunteers to protect themselves (hard hats, safety goggles, gloves, etc.), a folding stretcher, a fire extinguisher and materials needed to set up an emergency base and equip teams of volunteers to aid victims and assess damage after a disaster.
Click here to view the 2022 BNN map which includes locations for supply caches, FRS radios and active BNN neighborhoods.
- The black dots represent current supply cache locations.
- The pink “X“ icons represent active BNN neighborhoods.
- The blue dots represent neighborhoods that have FRS communication radios.
To qualify for a cache, a neighborhood group must participate in at least one Burlingame Disaster Survival Drill, commit to participate in this year’s drill and have organized two or more block activities in recent years that help neighbors get acquainted with each other. Creating a Neighborhood Directory can count as one activity. The drills are held every October.
The caches will allow neighbors to help one another in the immediate aftermath of a disaster, without having to scramble for supplies. Police and firefighters 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 download the instructions here and the application form here. You can also request an application form by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Neighborhoods that are awarded caches are asked to fill out this location tracker form so the city knows where the caches are located.