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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  
 Palo Alto Utilities Emergency
 Gas/Water Leaks & Sewer Spills 
 (650) 329-2579  
 Fallen Trees     (650) 329-5953  M-F 7am-5pm 
 Blocked Storm Drains  (650) 496-6974  M-F 7am-5pm
 Flood Safe Hotline  1-888-439-6624  SCVWD
 Road Conditions  (650) 329-2420  Flood Emergency Only
 1-800-427-7623  Caltrans

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Last Updated: Jul 13, 2015
Palo Alto Foothills Area Safety Presentation

The City of Palo Alto, Stanford University Department of Public Safety, and the Midpeninsula Fire Safe Council will be hosting our annual public education session for residents, businesses, and others who live and work in the foothills (including neighboring jurisdictions). This event is free and open to anyone who is interested. The session will cover all aspects of public safety, including crime, wildland fire, and emergency preparedness.

Learn more:

Tuesday, July 28th: 7-8:30pm
3160 Porter Drive, Palo Alto [MAP]


San Andreas: Movie Fiction vs. California Reality
If you have seen the movie San Andreas or even just the trailers, you should understand how Hollywood hyped the San Andreas fault. Hollywood fantasy is not California reality. Still, the San Andreas and other major faults in California can rupture in large, damaging earthquakes at any time. Fortunately there is much we can do now to be prepared in order to minimize damage and expedite recovery.

There are simple actions we all should do to get prepared to survive and recover. Visit to learn more.

Continue reading to better understand the California reality concerning Earthquakes and how they can affect us in the Bay Area.


2014 Community Partnership Awards
On January 15th, the Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services hosted the 2014 Community Partnership Awards in the Palo Alto Council Chambers. These awards celebrate the great service of volunteers and organizations helping to prepare Palo Alto for major disasters.

2013 Award Recipients

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Creek Level Monitor
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