News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

City and Local Volunteers Join Statewide Golden Guardian Exercise November 14, 2007
Contact : Barbara Cimino, Palo Alto Fire Department - Office of Emergency Services    650-444-6267
Palo Alto, CA – On November 14, a Golden Guardian disaster drill will be conducted state-wide by the California Homeland Security Office and the Office of Emergency Services. The goal of the drill is to exercise State, County and Local agency proficiency in handling a bioterrorism attack and allow cities to test their Medication Centers/Points of Dissemination (PODs).

In Palo Alto, the focus will be on Medication Center/POD activation. Additionally:

  • The City Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will be activated
  • City Council and Standby City Council will be called in
  • A POD at Mitchell Park Community Center will be activated
  • An Emergency Volunteer Center will be activated at Cubberley Community Center
  • Public safety workers will be called in
  • Community Alert and Notifications with updates will be disseminated to exercise participants during the exercise
  • Representatives from local media will participate
  • Volunteers from City staff, neighborhood groups, ham radio operators, health professionals, governmental agencies, and the Red Cross will participate

In Santa Clara County, the focus will be on Public Health:

  • Cities are activating Emergency Operations Centers (EOCs) Medication Centers
  • One Super Medication Center is being activated at County Fairgrounds to dispense to those transported from a mass gathering
  • Joint Information Center being established
  • Transporting large crowd (2,000) to receive antibiotics
  • Cities activating Emergency Volunteer Centers to coordinate spontaneous volunteers

Participating Department/Agencies
Palo Alto – City Council, Community Services, Fire, Police, Public Works, Utilities, Palo Alto Red Cross, Stanford Hospital, PAMF, RACES, KZSU, Palo Alto Neighborhoods, community volunteers
County-wide – San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Palo Alto, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, VTA, San Jose Water, American Red Cross, HP Pavilion, San Jose State University, AMR, Silicon Valley Volunteer Center

State-wide – FBI, US Coastguard, US EPA Region IX, Homeland Security, OES, AMTRAK Police, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, San Mateo County, San Diego County, Stockton