All Burlingame resident are invited to sign up for the eighth annual Burlingame Disaster Survival Drill on Saturday, October 10, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. It will be a shelter-in-place drill observing social distancing guidelines as we adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To sign up, send an email to email@example.com with your name and street address. You’ll be added to BNN’s mailing list and will receive more details closer to the drill date.
Participants will practice communicating via different modes within their neighborhood, and they’ll learn how to escalate urgent messages to emergency responders, all within the safety of their own homes. Different emergency scenarios will be offered, including a simulated earthquake.
Burlingame’s annual drills help neighbors learn how to 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 test an emergency communications network staffed by Ham radio operators that allows neighbors to escalate requests for help from emergency responders and receive official alerts.
Neighborhood groups that participate in at least two drills and have occasional other activities may qualify for a free emergency supply cache valued at $550.
Nearly 520 people in 32 neighborhood groups participated in last year’s citywide drill on October 12, 2019. The drill was supported by the Central County Fire Department, the Burlingame Police Department, Burlingame CERTs and local HAM radio operators. Click here to learn more.