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:
Make A Plan
Come up with a plan that encompasses everything from a fire in your kitchen to a large bay area earthquake. Here are some helpful tips and resources. 

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Build A Kit 
During a large disaster, many of your local stores, utilities and amenities wont be functioning normally. This means the items we take for granted such as tap water, electricity and grocery stores wont be available. Assemble or replenish an emergency supply kit to sustain you and your family for at least 7 days.

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Stay Informed 
In the event of a widespread emergency, the community and media will get updated information posted to the city’s homepage at www.cityofpaloalto.org as well as through our voice-recorded emergency hotline at (650) 329-2420.

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Get Involved 

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:
Threats and Hazards Information Page
From nature’s wrath to human error, hazards exist throughout the world and the City of Palo Alto is no exception. While we cannot prevent all hazards from occurring, we can be aware and prepare for them, to minimize their impacts on our lives. Visit this page to learn about the Threats and Hazards in Palo Alto. [ 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 ]
Preparing for Evacuation
A wide variety of emergencies may cause an evacuation. In some instances you may have a day or two to prepare, while other situations might call for an immediate evacuation. Planning ahead is vital to ensuring that you can evacuate quickly and safely, no matter what the circumstances. [ more ]
      Emergency Preparedness and Crime Prevention
This short presentation briefly covers emergency preparedness and crime prevention.  Rev 6/16 [ more ]

External Links
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2017
Skywarn Class
The City of Palo Alto and The City of East Palo Alto are preparing for severe storm weather and invite you to attend a Weather Spotter Training Course presented by Brian Garcia, Warning Coordination Meteorologist from the National Weather Service.

RSVP on Eventbrite:
Or call 650-853-5939

CalFire Ready for Wildfire App
Although we just experienced one of California's wettest years in a long time, this wildfire season is shaping up to be a brutal one. Are you prepared for Wildfire? Download CalFire's new Ready For Wildfire app and find out! Also, enter to win money to help improve your home and protect it from the dangers of fire at http://www.readyforwildfire.org/

Cool video for kids to inspire them to Be a Hero and get prepared

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