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Join Us at the Firehouse

posted May 7, 2018, 3:09 PM by Terry Nagel

Burlingame residents are invited to a Volunteer Appreciation Coffee on Saturday, May 12, hosted by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network and the Central County Fire Department. It will take place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Fire Station 34 at 799 California Drive in Burlingame. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.

At this event, Mayor Michael Brownrigg will recognize neighborhood leaders, CERTs and Ham radio operators who had leadership roles in the Citywide Emergency Drill last October as well as CERTs and Hams who help on a regular basis with other Burlingame drills and events.

Coffee, juice, fruit and pastries will be provided. There will be a light breakfast, firehouse tours, a rescue truck on display and a free prize drawing.

Come and meet your neighbors, firefighters and others who are working together to build community resilience.

RSVP not required but appreciated by May 9 to

2018 Citywide Emergency Drill

posted Mar 31, 2018, 1:22 PM by Terry Nagel

Saturday, October 13, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Neighborhoods throughout Burlingame are invited to participate in our sixth annual Citywide Annual Drill, along with local CERTs and Ham radio operators. This annual exercise is supported by the Central County Fire Department and the Burlingame Police Department. If you are interested in participating or learning more, email

CERT Training

posted Feb 27, 2018, 1:23 AM by Terry Nagel

Wednesdays, April 11-May 16, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with Skills Day on Saturday, May 19, in Burlingame. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training is the best way you can get prepared for large and small emergencies and be ready to help your family and community. It is offered once a year in Burlingame. You'll practice what you've learned on the Skills Day with authentic-looking "victims." Click here to register:

Ham Radio Training

posted Feb 27, 2018, 1:12 AM by Terry Nagel   [ updated Feb 27, 2018, 1:28 AM ]

Saturday, July 21, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Burlingame Recreation Center. At this end of this training, most attendees become licensed Ham radio operators who can provide a lifeline to the outside world. The course is offered by the Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society (BAEARS) and costs $30. Registration information will be posted on the website closer to the date.

Ham Workshop

posted Feb 27, 2018, 1:08 AM by Terry Nagel

Saturday, August 11, morning (time to be announced). Lane Room, Burlingame Public Library. Experienced Ham radio operators will teach new Hams everything they want to know. 

Our Biggest Drill Yet

posted Oct 17, 2017, 2:56 PM by Terry Nagel   [ updated Mar 31, 2018, 1:18 PM ]

Many thanks to the 330 Burlingame residents who participated in the fifth annual Citywide Emergency Drill on October 14, 2017 - almost double the 169 who participated last year. This was
, by far, the biggest drill 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. They learned how to support one another following a disaster, when residents are advised they may be on their own for 72 hours or longer. They also discovered how to communicate via a Burlingame network staffed by volunteer Ham radio operators that allows them to request and receive help from professional responders - even when normal channels of communication are down.

The drill was organized by the Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) with support from local HAM radio operators, Burlingame CERTs, the Central County Fire Department (CCFD) and the Burlingame Police Department.

Central County Fire representatives and Police Chief Eric Wollman stopped by during the drill and answered questions. Vice Mayor Michael Brownrigg served as scribe for the Adeline Drive group, and Council Member Emily Beach and City Manager Lisa Goldman paid visits.

We welcome your feedback on the drill. Please email

You can access and download photos of our Citywide Emergency Drill in Dropbox at

Seismic Safety Tips for Homeowners

posted Mar 29, 2015, 7:14 PM by Terry Nagel   [ updated Mar 31, 2018, 1:19 PM ]

Here are some tips from "Will Your Home Survive the Next Earthquake?" This BNN program featured 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 in 2014.

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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