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Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 1-6-2016-1
Subject :

Ceremony to recognize five individuals for Outstanding Emergency Preparedness Activities
Contact : OES Staff, Office of Emergency Services    650-617-3197
The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services (OES) will host its seventh annual Community Partnership Awards Ceremony and Keynote from 7 – 9 p.m. with a reception following the event at 9 p.m. on Thursday, January 14, 2016 in the City of Palo Alto Council Chambers. The public is invited to attend.

Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt will host the Community Partnership Event.  Palo Alto Police Chief Dennis Burns and Fire Chief Eric Nickel will close the ceremony. Director of Emergency Services Ken Dueker will preside over the event.

Five individuals will be formally recognized for helping ensure that the community is safer and better prepared for emergencies. The Community Partnership Awards will be given to the following outstanding Emergency Service Volunteer recipients:

Eileen Altman
Block Preparedness Coordinator (BPC), Reverend First Congregational

Monica Arima
Block Preparedness Coordinator (BPC)

Grant Elliot
Trailer Captain T4 (Amateur Radio Emergency Services / CERT)

Scott Petersen
Community Emergency Response Team Trainer (CERT)

Marianne Strickfaden
Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator (NPC)

In addition to the recognition of these individuals for their outstanding achievements, a lively keynote presentation "Sea Level Rising – Should We Worry?" will follow the awards. The featured speaker is Dr. Gary Griggs, celebrated Director of the Institute of Marine Sciences and Long Marine Laboratory at UC Santa Cruz.

About the Palo Alto Emergency Services Volunteers (ESV) Program: The City of Palo Alto has partnered with the community to form the Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV) program as a coordinating structure for the Block Preparedness Coordinator (BPC), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Amateur Radio (ham radio), Medical Reserve Corps (MRC) and the Community Logistics Team.  Visit to learn more about the ESV Program.