Emergency Preparedness

Preparing for a disaster is an important part of keeping you and your family safe. During a major disaster, much of the key infrastructure will not be working, planning and preparing for this eventuality may save your life. Palo Alto has over 65,000 residents and only 40-50 first responders on duty at any given time. Learning and being ready to be self sufficient for up to a week will be key in making it through a large disaster. The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services has put together some of the information needed to get you and your family on the road to preparedness.

Below are some links to information on preparing for a disaster:


Palo Alto's best chance for resiliency is you and your neighbors. After a disaster, it may be a while before the city, county, state or federal government can mobilize the resources to help you. You and your neighbors will have to work together to help the city recover from a large scale emergency. To learn more, check out our Get Involved page by clicking here.


Preparedness Information:
  Earthquake Home Hazard Hunt 
Make safety fun with the family by using this handy info-graphic scavenger hunt to find the potentially hazardous situations around your house. [ more ]
Emergency Supply Checklist
This starter checklist will help you on your way to preparedness. Print this list out and check off the supplies you have and make a plan to build out your disaster kit! [ more ]
     
Winter Storm and Flood Information Page
This city website has information on how to prepare and respond to a flood at or around your home. [ more ]
 
Emergency Preparedness and Crime Prevention
This short presentation briefly covers emergency preparedness and crime prevention.  Rev 6/16 [ more ]
     CalOES My Hazards page
This page allows you to search for your home or place of work and to discover the hazards that exist in your area and learn how to reduce YOUR risk! Remember, the best way to recover from disasters is by reducing the risks before a disaster strikes. [ more ]


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Last Updated: Jul 4, 2016
Sandbag Day 2016!
The City of Palo Alto will be holding a Sandbag Day event on Saturday, Dec. 17 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (or until supplies last) at the Municipal Service Center located at 3201 E. Bayshore Road.
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Emergency Preparedness Poster Contest 2016 Results Announced
The City of Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services announces the winners of the Emergency Preparedness Poster Art Contest held in Mar-Apr 2016.

The contest was open to Grades 1 to 8 of Palo Alto Unified School District.

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Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps Council Ceremony to recognize five individuals for Outstanding Emergency Preparedness Activities
The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services (OES) will host its seventh annual Community Partnership Awards Ceremony, Keynote and Reception on Thursday, January 26, 2017 in the City of Palo Alto Council Chambers. A reception at 6:45PM will kick-off the event, the formal program will begin at 7:30PM and will conclude at 9:00 PM. The public is invited to attend.
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Cool video for kids to inspire them to Be a Hero and get prepared
http://youtu.be/nK1XcIp6hrk.

Visit http://www.ready.gov/kids for tips and information on talking to your kids about emergencies and how they can get prepared.


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