March 18 in Burlingame: Free Emergency Preparedness and Theft Prevention Tips Offered

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An earthquake preparedness expert will offer advice on preparing your family for emergencies and officers from the Burlingame Police Department will provide tips on preventing home and car thefts at the next Burlingame Neighborhood Network meeting on Saturday, March 18, from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

“Prepare Your Family for Emergencies and Prevent Thefts” will be held in the Lane Room at the Burlingame Public Library, 480 Primrose Road. Admission is free and a complimentary light breakfast will be served.

Suzanne Tatoesian will explain how to create a family and neighborhood emergency contact plan; where to find the latest family, car and pet emergency supplies; what equipment you should keep under your bed; how to shut off utilities; and more. Tateosian, who owns EarthShakes.com, is a preparedness expert who regularly gives presentations to major corporations.

“Many people are surprised to learn that they can complete basic emergency planning for their loved ones in just an hour or two,” she said. Tateosian will provide checklists and forms that take the guesswork out of planning.

The program also will feature advice on how to prevent home and car thefts from Corporals Jason Roberts and Jason Orloff of the Burlingame Police Department. “We’ve seen time after time that a few simple security techniques greatly improve your safety and lessen the possibility of thefts,” said Orloff.

During the meeting, Burlingame residents will have an opportunity to share ideas and get answers to questions about organizing neighbors for preparedness. The Burlingame Neighborhood Network (BNN) encourages residents to connect with one another to build a sense of community, become informed about emergency and disaster preparedness, and to enable residents to support one another during emergencies and disasters.

“Studies show that personal ties among community members improve survival during a disaster and speed recovery in its aftermath,” explained Kathy Schmidt, chair of BNN.

For more information about BNN, visit www.thebnn.us or email info@theneighborhoodnetwork.org.