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Public Safety is everyone's responsibility. The Palo Alto Police Department, Fire Department, Office of Emergency Services, and other groups have roles day-to-day and in a major disaster. Businesses, residents, and other non-governmental organizations should also be aware of their risks and resources. To learn more click here.

 City Emergency Phone Numbers

 Palo Alto Police             911  Emergency
  (650) 329-2413  Emergency & Non-emergency
 Palo Alto Fire  (650) 329-2184  Administration
 Palo Alto OES  (650) 617-3197 or 
 (650) 329-2409
 City Public Info Hotline  (650) 329-2420  Recorded Messages
 Palo Alto Utilities Emergency
 Gas/Water Leaks & Sewer Spills 
 (650) 329-2579  
 Fallen Trees     (650) 496-5953  M-F 7am-5pm 
 Blocked Storm Drains  (650) 496-6974  M-F 7am-5pm
 Flood Safe Hotline  1-888-439-6624  SCVWD
 Road Conditions
 1-800-427-7623  Caltrans

 City Phone Line Directory 

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Last Updated: Oct 15, 2015
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