Monday, May 17, 2010

Fire Evacuation Drill This Saturday

If you haven't already seen it, you'll soon be receiving a signed memo from Mayor Clarke Conway notifying the community about this Saturday's Wildland Fire Evacuation Drill. This is actually the fourth time where North County Fire Authority (NCFA) and the Brisbane Office of Emergency Services have come together to simulate an ordered evacuation of an area in upper Brisbane. This year, Sierra Point Rd. (between Humboldt & San Benito Rd.) will be evacuated, although all residents of Brisbane are heavily encouraged to participate.

Why take the time, you may ask? Well a couple years ago, residents didn't have a chance to wait for the Evacuation Drill to come around the following weekend to see what an evacuation in town would look like. A little before 7:30pm on Sunday, June 22, 2008, a fire that would end up requiring 30 fire companies to come from all over the Penisula ignited on the northern side of San Bruno Mtn.

Homes on Trinity narrowly escaped the flames, with the blaze quickly licking up the steep pitches of Owl and Buckeye Canyons. Click here to read the rest of the story...and the reason why participating in a Drill likes this is so important! If you're interested in reading more about the 2008 fire on San Bruno Mtn., click here for the recap.

Starting at approximately 9am
, Police will start the evacuation of Sierra Point Residents using loud speakers. Listen for the evacuation order and head to either the Sierra Point Yacht club (if you choose to evacuate by car, 500 Sierra Point Parkway), or to the Community Park (if you choose to evacuate on foot) where you will be checked in at a Residential Assembly Point.

And if you haven't done so already, all residents are encouraged to sign up for SMC Alert. SMC Alert is an alert notification system the City will use to immediately contact all those subscribed during an emergency situation. To sign up, click here.

We hope to see many Brisbane residents out and participating this Saturday! Should you have any questions before then, please contact our Director of Emergency Services, Randy Breault at (415) 508-2131 or Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal Frank Panacci at (650) 991-8138.

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