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


PRESS RELEASE 10/14/2010
Subject :

Twelve Individuals Recognized for Emergency Preparedness Activities and Efforts to Motivate Community Members to "Be Prepared"
Contact : City Manager's Office    650-329-2656
Palo Alto, CA – The City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps Council (CCC) are hosting a special event on Thursday, October 21, 2010, at 7 PM to formally recognize 12 individuals who have made a difference by helping to ensure that the community is safer and better prepared for emergencies. The awards ceremony, reception and keynote presentation by Dr. Ross Stein of the USGS will be in the Palo Alto City Hall Council Chambers. The community is invited to attend this evening of celebration.

The CCC solicited nominations of individuals active in preparing their communities, making individual contributions and helping others. The evening’s honorees are people who have given their time and energy, offered their skills and capabilities, been leaders in providing education and training, or responded to crises and disasters. As a result, they have positively impacted their communities. 

“The City of Palo Alto is strengthening our emergency preparation. We are helping our community to get 'Ready’ by preparing for emergencies and disasters,” said Mayor Burt. "We don't know when or where emergencies will strike, but we do know that we can and must do more to be prepared for the unexpected. Tonight we come together to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of community members."
The individuals being recognized and celebrated with 2010 Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps Council (CCC) Achievement Awards include the following people:
Achievement Awards

  • Bernadette Burns-Line: Stanford Hospital
  • Enoch Choi, MD: Palo Alto Medical Foundation
  • Doug Kalish: PANDA (Palo Alto Neighborhood Disaster Activity)
  • Lydia Kou: Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN)
  • Karl Matzke: American Red Cross Silicon Valley Chapter
  • Tom Prussing: Stanford University
  • Bob Sikora: PANDA

Awards of Merit

  • Diane Churchill: First Congregational Church of Palo Alto
  • Ann Crichton: Girl Scout Leader, PAN Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator
  • Sue Dremann: Palo Alto Weekly
  • Sheri Furman: PAN Chair
  • Lisa Pelletier: School of Medicine

“The CCC has really hit the ground running this year through the ongoing efforts of numerous volunteers who have collectively and individually shared their ideas and expertise to engage others in getting prepared for any emergency,” said Annette Glanckopf, event co-chair. “I am really impressed with the creativity, energy and ‘passion for preparedness’ that our honorees share.”

The keynote speaker, Dr. Ross Stein of the United States Geological Service (USGS), will discuss “The Handwriting on the Wall: What the 2010 Haiti and Chile Quakes Have Taught Us about Preparedness.” Dr. Stein is a geophysicist at USGS who is one of the most cited authors in earthquake science as well as a widely-acclaimed educator. In addition to his extensive publications, Dr. Stein has also produced a NOVA documentary, appeared on the Discovery Channel and British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), and produced an IMAX film for National Geographic.
TOUR CANCELLED - The Mobile Emergency Operations Center (MEOC) vehicle will NOT be available for public tours as originally planned; the MEOC instead will be activated for police work for the evening

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About the City of Palo Alto and Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps Council (CCC) - The Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps Council (CCC) plays a vital role in preparedness. The group's mission is to harness the power of individuals, businesses, and organizations through education, training and volunteer service to make our community resilient, safe, strong and prepared to respond to and recover from threats of 1) natural disasters, 2) human-caused disasters, 3) crime, 4) public health emergencies, 5) terrorism, and 6) other disasters. For more information on the CCC, visit
About the National Citizen Corps - The Citizen Corps mission is accomplished through a national network of state, local and tribal Citizen Corps Councils. These Councils build on community strengths to implement the Citizen Corps preparedness programs and carry out a local strategy to involve government, community leaders, and citizens in all-hazards preparedness and resilience. Visit for more information.