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Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 09/18/2013
Subject :

Popular Quakeville Event Returns to Cubberley Community Center
Contact : Alison Williams, Media Relations, Office of Emergency Services    650-387-7048
Nathan Rainey, Office of Emergency Services    650-617-3197

Event to Feature “Real Life” Emergency Activation Exercises, Demonstrations and Safety Information

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? To help you answer these questions, the City of Palo Alto's Office of Emergency Services (OES), in conjunction with the Palo Alto Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV) Program, is sponsoring the fourth annual Quakeville event, the City's community-based disaster exercise and safety fair, on Saturday, September 21, 201. The event is free and will last from 1 to 4 PM at the Cubberley Community Center at 4000 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto.

While earthquakes are not the only hazard facing the San Francisco Bay Area, they remain one of the most significant risks the region faces each day. According to the USGS in its report, Putting Down Roots in Earthquake Country, San Francisco Bay Area Handbook, "There is a 62% probability that at least one earthquake of magnitude 6.7 or greater will occur on a known or unknown San Francisco Bay region fault before 2032."

“We have undertaken a robust training program in 2013 to train a large number of our volunteer teams,” said event founder and a Neighborhood Preparedness Team Leader Lydia Kou. “Quakeville will serve as a capstone event for our training program and help to test the new systems we have put in place.”

The public is invited to attend Quakeville 2013 to learn more about personal disaster preparedness, how emergency services would work in Palo Alto following a catastrophe and how to make a plan of action. 

Public Safety Fair Schedule: 1 - 4 PM

  • Simulated Earthquake Event
  • Informational Displays
  • Emergency Services Volunteer Training
  • Learn what you need to do
  • How Can You Help?

This year's event will focus on “prepared awareness” should the need for evacuation and alternative sheltering become necessary and highlight training Palo Alto’s volunteer first responders.  There will be exercises that incorporate the Emergency Services Volunteers: Block and Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinators (BPCs and NPCs), Emergency Medical Unit (EMU) members, Logistics trailer teams and Auxiliary Communications Services volunteers. These exercises will be open for public viewing, come by and check it out.

Additionally, Carnegie Melon (CMU) will be testing its mobile app "Survivable Social Network" at Quakeville. In the event of a major disaster and there is no internet connection, this "survivable network" would allow people within the area to connect with each other and determine where people are located and whether people need assistance. Lastly, the safety fair will feature a variety of activities and informational displays hosted by Palo Alto Utilities, The American Red Cross, Palo Alto Fire Department, Police Department Animal Services, Carnegie Mellon Silicon Valley Disaster Management Initiative, and the Palo Alto Emergency Services Volunteers.

Kou and John St. Clair recently completed the national CERT credentialing program from FEMA’s Emergency Management Institute (EMI) and interacted with numerous CERT program managers from across the country. After attending the training, St. Clair had this to say, “We were pleasantly surprised to learn that we share a lot of the same challenges as other programs in the U.S., but also that we have a very strong program compared to other jurisdictions of our size.”

Visit to learn more about Quakeville 2013 and to learn more about the Emergency Services Volunteer Program visit