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Ham Radio Training

posted Aug 9, 2017, 2:19 PM by Terry Nagel

Saturday, September 23, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. When other communication methods fail, amateur radio operators (Hams) can connect to the outside world. You can become certified as a Ham radio operator in one day through the Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society (BAEARS). Local Hams can help you find inexpensive equipment. The next class will be taught in Redwood City. You must pre-register at; click on "Upcoming Sessions" at the top. The cost is $35. Classes fill quickly.

Citywide Emergency Drill

posted Mar 4, 2017, 10:36 AM by Terry Nagel   [ updated Mar 4, 2017, 10:42 AM ]

Saturday, October 14, 9 to 10:30 a.m. - Residents throughout Burlingame are invited to learn and practice emergency response procedures during the Citywide Emergency Drill. During this exercise, neighborhoods search for emergency "incidents" and practice helping one another. They communicate requests for help and receive official city alerts through a citywide communications network. Read about the 2016 Citywide Emergency Drill here: For more information, email

CERT Training

posted Feb 1, 2017, 11:03 AM by Terry Nagel   [ updated Aug 6, 2017, 3:49 PM ]

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-looking “victims.” Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is the best preparation you can take to protect yourself, your family and your community in the aftermath of small emergencies and major disasters. Taught by professional safety trainers from CCFD, this comprehensive course is free to all Burlingame (and Hillsborough and Millbrae) residents. If you miss a session, you can take it in another jurisdiction. These classes fill quickly. For more information, call (650) 558-7610. Pre-registration is required on this page.

Our Biggest Drill Yet

posted Nov 8, 2016, 3:44 PM by Terry Nagel   [ updated Aug 6, 2017, 3:49 PM ]

Many thanks to the 180 Burlingame residents who participated in the fourth annual Citywide Emergency Drill on October 22, 2016, organized by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) with support from local HAM radio operators, CERTs, the Central County Fire Department (CCFD) and the Burlingame Police Department. The exercise was, by far, the biggest one we’ve held, and it generated lots of interest in learning new skills to help prepare for disasters.
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. Firefighters and police personnel stopped by as part of the drill and also answered questions. Vice Mayor Ricardo Ortiz, Council Member Emily Beach and City Manager Lisa Goldman also paid visits.

People walking by Pershing Park couldn’t help asking, “What’s going on?” and, learning of the drill, expressed eagerness in participating next time. On Montero Avenue (shown at left), neighbors decided to work together to stock a container with emergency supplies. Over on Sanchez Avenue, drill participants said they’d like to map out all the groups in their area in order to better coordinate an emergency response. Many residents vowed to take CERT and HAM radio training.
Those were just some of the developments during the October 22 Citywide Emergency Drill in Burlingame. During the exercise, we also experienced issues on some blocks, and we have collected feedback so we can continue to refine and enhance the experience. But the overwhelming response was excitement and a “can do” attitude among neighbors wanting to learn new skills and practice working together in order to help one another during emergencies.

You can access an download photos of our Citywide Emergency Drill in Dropbox by clicking on these links:

At our next BNN quarterly meeting in January, we plan to build on the excitement and momentum from the exercise. If you have specific ideas for the meeting, please let us know by emailing

Seismic Safety Tips for Homeowners

posted Mar 29, 2015, 7:14 PM by Terry Nagel

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 California Earthquake Authority, and Justin Moresco, a registered civil engineer who was part of a reconnaissance team that surveyed the damage following the South Napa earthquake last August.

Retrofit Tips for Homeowners

The magnitude 6.0 South Napa Earthquake last August was a stark reminder that some older homes—especially those with unbraced cripple walls, also known as weak crawl space walls—are susceptible to significant damage during earthquakes. However, many homes can be protected through relatively simple retrofit procedures costing less than $3,000. On the other hand, repairing damaged homes after large earthquakes can cost tens of thousands—or even hundreds of thousands—of dollars.

  • For more information on identifying and correcting structural vulnerabilities in homes, refer to the free document titled “Earthquake Safety Guide for Homeowners, FEMA 530” on Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website.
  • For details on bracing contents in homes and businesses, visit the Earthquake Country Alliance website.
  • To find a licensed contractor, visit the California Earthquake Authority’s “Earthquake Brace + Bolt” site and search on the “Contractor Locator” or check with the City of Burlingame’s Building Department.
  • To find a licensed structural engineer, check the “Structural Engineer Referral List” on the Structural Engineers Association of California’s website.
  • To make sure the contractor you hire is licensed in California, search on the “California State License Board” page on the Department of Consumer Affairs website.
  • Some of the ways people pay for retrofitting include refinancing your home, taking out an equity loan or participating in the CaliforniaFIRST program, which lets you finance seismic retrofitting as well as energy and water efficiency upgrades over time as part of your property tax payments. More information on CaliforniaFIRST financing will be available at the “Save Energy, Water and Money” program on Wednesday, April 29, at 7 p.m. in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library; admission is free.

Check Out Nextdoor

posted Apr 24, 2012, 3:41 PM by Terry Nagel   [ updated Jan 18, 2017, 2:50 PM ]

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 events and information to all Nextdoor neighborhoods, but is not be able to see any of the posts between neighbors.

Nextdoor is a private networking website that was specifically designed to make neighbors feel comfortable sharing information with one another to help build stronger communities. All members must verify that they live within the neighborhood. Information shared on Nextdoor is password protected and cannot be accessed by those outside the neighborhood or found on Google or other search engines. In addition, Nextdoor never shares personal information with any third parties. Unlike an email listserv or other online group, neighbor posts are organized and archived for future reference.

 If you would like to join a Burlingame Nextdoor neighborhood, go to and enter your address. 

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