Big Turnout at 2017 Citywide Drill
A total of 330 residents participated in our city’s fifth annual Citywide Emergency Drill on Saturday, October 14, almost double the number who participated last year. They learned how to work with neighbors and support one another following a disaster, and how to communicate via a network staffed by local volunteer Ham radio operators, even when normal channels of communication are down. You can see photos here:

This exercise was organized by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) and was supported by the Central County Fire Department, the Burlingame Police Department, Burlingame CERTs and local HAM radio operators. It took place on multiple blocks throughout Burlingame. To learn about upcoming training opportunities and events offered by BNN, subscribe to our newsletter by emailing:

Welcome to the Burlingame Neighborhood Network
When a major earthquake occurs in our city,
Tug of war at block party
emergency responders warn that we'll be on our own for three to seven days.

Recent studies have found that personal ties among community members improve survival during a disaster and recovery afterward.  Neighbors helping neighbors is our best hope during disasters.
The Burlingame Neighborhood Network encourages Burlingame residents to work cooperatively in neighborhood teams to prepare for disasters. In the process of getting better acquainted, neighbors are inspired to plan other events such as block parties and holiday get-togethers. Their sense of community fosters a "Neighborhood Watch" awareness that helps prevent crime and in the end, improves life overall in our city.

We invite you to organize a Neighborhood Network in your area. You can learn more by reading About BNN. To get started, email 

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News and Events

  • Our Biggest Drill Yet Many thanks to the 330 Burlingame residents who participated in the fifth annual Citywide Emergency Drill on October 14, 2016 - almost double the 169 who participated last year. This was ...
    Posted Oct 17, 2017, 7:52 PM by Terry Nagel
  • CERT Training Thursdays, beginning January 18, 2018, 6:30 to 9 p.m., in Millbrae. At final skills class on Saturday, March 10, you’ll practice what you’ve learned with authentic ...
    Posted Aug 6, 2017, 3:49 PM by Terry Nagel
  • Seismic Safety Tips for Homeowners Here are some tips from our March 24 program, "Will Your Home Survive the Next Earthquake?" They were offered by our two speakers, Janiele Maffei, chief mitigation officer of the ...
    Posted Mar 29, 2015, 7:14 PM by Terry Nagel
  • Check Out Nextdoor Burlingame residents all over town are building community on Nextdoor, where neighbors can get to know one another, ask questions and exchange local advice. The City of Burlingame occasionally posts ...
    Posted Jan 18, 2017, 2:50 PM by Terry Nagel
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10 Ways to Get Ready

Here are 10 things you can do it prepare for a major emergency.

1. Agree on two emergency meeting places  for your family: one near your home and one outside of the immediate neighborhood. Decide on an out-of-state contact for everyone in your family to check in with.

2. Strap down your water heater and secure bookcases and cabinets with L-brackets. Secure breakables inside china cabinets with museum putty.

3. Learn how to shut off your water and gas valves.

4. Register for the free San Mateo County emergency notification system, which alerts you via cell phone, PDA or computer of emergencies in whichever cities you specify (usually your home and workplace). Go to

5. Sign up for the City of Burlingame's free weekly e-newsletter at During an emergency, the city will send out notifications to subscribers.

6. Make sure you have a phone with a land line that will work during power outages.

7. Program emergency numbers into your cell phone.Add the 10-digit equivalent of Burlingame’s 911 number: (650) 692-0310. Add ICE (in case of emergency) contacts, too, such as: ICE-Husband, (650) 555-5555.