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Burlingame CERT

posted Dec 10, 2017, 10:22 PM by Terry Nagel

Thursday, January 11, 7 p.m., Burlingame Recreation Center, 850 Burlingame Ave. The public is invited to the next Burlingame CERT meeting, when Burlingame resident Dennis Moyer of the U.S. Coast Guard will describe his experiences as Chief of the Rescue Swimmer Division at the Air Station in San Francisco. Dennis leads a team of 16 Rescue Swimmers with emergency medical technician (EMT) training who provide 24/7 helicopter search and rescue coverage for more than 600 miles of California’s coastline.

Ham Radio Operator Training

posted Dec 10, 2017, 10:19 PM by Terry Nagel

Saturday, January 23, all day in San Francisco. You can become certified as an amateur radio operator (Ham) in one day at this course offered by the Bay Area Educational Amateur Radio Society. To sign up, visit and click on "Upcoming Sessions." The cost is $35.

Our Biggest Drill Yet

posted Oct 17, 2017, 2:56 PM by Terry Nagel   [ updated Oct 17, 2017, 7:52 PM ]

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
, 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

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.

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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