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


Subject :

Upcoming Educational Event: Crime & Personal Safety for Seniors
Contact : Nathan Rainey, Coordinator, Office of Emergency Services    650-617-3197
Palo Alto, CA -- The City of Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services is hosting an educational event for seniors on how to prepare for all hazards, ranging from natural disasters to crime.

The event, entitled "Crime & Personal Safety for Seniors," will occur on Thursday, November 14, 2013, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Avenidas at 450 Bryant Street in Palo Alto.  Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, a former Palo Alto City Council member and California State Senator, will provide an introduction.  The class is taught by experts from the Office of Emergency Services, and will include information on emergency preparedness and crime prevention tips.

While the event includes specific tips for seniors, people of all ages will benefit from participating.  Attendees will receive a free gift while supplies last.  The event is free and open to the public, but requires an RSVP to

“One of the most important things we can do to be prepared is to raise awareness that our residents have a major role in responding to and recovering from major disasters such as earthquakes and floods, as well as increasing our community's resilience against crime,” said Ken Dueker, the Director of Emergency Services.  “We are fortunate to have intelligent, engaged people who want to help out.  This session will be of interest to such folks.”

To learn more about the Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV) program run by our Office of Emergency Services, as well as about opportunities to help your community (such as filling sand bags or becoming a Block Preparedness Coordinator for your neighborhood), visit