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A Close Call: A Reminder to Be Prepared! Be Informed - Make a Plan - Build a Kit - Get Involved!

Last night's earthquake in Napa should serve as a reminder to be prepared instead of being afraid. Since the initial earthquake last night, there have been aftershocks affecting the area, and there will continue to be more in the next week. Fortunately, no damage has been observed in Palo Alto and it looks like we avoided a close call.

This recent earthquake should be a good reminder of some steps you can take to prepare yourself and your family. The City’s Office of Emergency Services offers ways you can get prepared:
Step 1 – Be Informed
Step 2 – Make a Plan
Step 3 – Build a Kit
Step 4 – Get Involved

On October 14th Palo Alto residents will start the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) basic training course, 24 hours of training over four weeks, to take the next step towards personal preparedness. The CERT course trains community members in basic disaster response skills, such as small fire suppression, light search and rescue, and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. For more information visit our CERT website:; and to sign up simply send an email to

OES manages a broader volunteer program, the Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV) program. There are many ways you can help your on neighborhood get prepared. Learn more at

Last Updated: Sep 19, 2017