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


Subject :

Two Upcoming Emergency Preparedness Events Announced
Contact : Director Ken Dueker, Office of Emergency Services    650-617-3100 ext 1281
April 10, 2012 at 1 p.m.

Palo Alto, CA --
The City of Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services, in conjunction with the Palo Alto Police Department, is hosting two upcoming educational events for the public centered on emergency preparedness and crime prevention.

The first event, "Become a Block Preparedness Coordinator," occurs on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Cubberley Community Center, Room I-A, at 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.  In a major disaster, Block Preparedness Coordinators (commonly called “BPCs”), serve as the point of contact for your neighborhood and the City's Emergency Operations Center.  On a day-to-day basis, they also assist with preparing residents for disasters and with crime prevention techniques, similar to the “Neighborhood Watch” programs of the past.

The second event, “Crime Watch & Personal Preparedness,” occurs on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Community Room of the Lucie Stern Community Center at 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.  Learn what you need to do to prepare your family and home for all hazards, ranging from crime to earthquakes.  Experts from the Office of Emergency Services as well as community leaders will give you the information you must have to take personal responsibility for your safety.

Both events are free and open to the public.  For more information, visit

Both events are also part of the Palo Alto Police Department’s “Lock It or Lose It!” public education campaign, which is designed to focus the public’s attention on how to best prevent burglaries, how to recognize suspicious behavior, and how best to report that suspicious behavior to police.