A total of 324 Burlingame residents in 31 neighborhood groups participated in the eighth annual Burlingame Disaster Survival Drill hosted by BNN on Saturday, October 10, and practiced responding to an “emergency within an emergency”–an earthquake that supposedly occurred while everyone was sheltering in place due to COVID-19.
Instead of meeting at an “Incident Command Post” to patrol their block for simulated problems, as participants have done during past drills, this year they practiced responding electronically to simulated “incidents” like a fire or downed power line within the safety of their own homes.
Suzanne Tateosian of BNN’s board, said she anticipates 10 of the groups that participated will qualify for free caches of emergency supplies if they participate in next year’s drill. The caches, which are valued at $550, are awarded to neighborhood groups that participate in at least two annual drills and host other neighborhood activities. They are funded by the City of Burlingame.
Click here to learn more about the 2020 drill.