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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