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


Subject :

“Quakeville 2012” Disaster Simulation Coming This Weekend
Contact : Alison Williams, OES Volunteer PIO, Office of Emergency Services    650-387-7048
Palo Alto, CA -- If a major disaster struck Palo Alto tomorrow, would you know what to do?  If your home collapsed, would you know what to take and where to go?  Would you be able to provide for the needs of your family and pets?

The City of Palo Alto's Office of Emergency Services (OES), in conjunction with the Palo Alto Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV) Program, the American Red Cross, and the Palo Alto Police Department’s Animal Services Division, is sponsoring "Quakeville 2012," the City's annual community-based disaster exercise, on Saturday, September 22, 2012, beginning at 2:00 p.m. at the Cubberley Community Center at 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.  

The public is invited to attend “Quakeville 2012” in order to learn more about personal disaster preparedness, how emergency services would work in Palo Alto following a catastrophe, how to make a plan of action, and how to build an emergency supply kit.

Emergency Services Volunteers such as "ham" radio operators (ARES/RACES), Block Preparedness Coordinators (BPC), and Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers will conduct drills and training from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., on topics and scenarios including medical triage, radio communications, activation, and search and rescue.  Volunteer “victims” complete with make-up will add to the realism of the scenarios.

A highlight of the event will be the establishment of an actual shelter, constructed by the American Red Cross, the Palo Alto Police Department’s Animal Services Division, and the Emergency Services Volunteers.  The public is invited to spend the night in the shelter to experience what it would be like to live communally after a disaster.  The shelter will be located indoors at the Cubberley Community Center, and will feature a dinner provided by the American Red Cross (open only to those who participate and are registered – see instructions in final paragraph).  The media is invited to observe the drills from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and to hear comments from Mayor Yiaway Yeh and other officials at the dinner, which begins at 6 p.m.

Personnel from the Palo Alto Police Department’s Animal Services Division will also be on hand from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. to discuss how best to care for your pets in the aftermath of a disaster.  Pet owners are encouraged to bring a stuffed animal (not a real pet) to see how the check-in and check-out procedures of an on-site animal shelter would operate.

“Quakeville 2012 is a great opportunity for our fellow residents to get involved in disaster preparedness and basic emergency response,” said Lydia Kou, the community volunteer who has organized Quakeville since its inception three years ago.  “We want people to be part of the solution, and to know what they can to do to prepare for a disaster and then how to help following a catastrophe.  Plus, it’s a chance for them to see all of the Emergency Services Volunteers in action, and to better understand their capabilities.”

You can learn more about “Quakeville 2012” and register to participate in any of these free events by going to the website of the Palo Alto Emergency Services Volunteer Program at  You can also view information for residents, businesses, and other community members on disaster preparedness and crime prevention.