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January 17, 2019: It Could Happen Here: Floods, Fires & Earthquakes

January 17, 2019: It Could Happen Here: Floods, Fires & Earthquakes

As Californians, we in Palo Alto are at risk from the effects of nature’s most devastating natural hazards. We don’t have to look very far to realize the local impact these disasters have had on our state or community whether the San Jose Coyote Creek flood, the Camp, Carr, and Tubbs fires, or the Napa Earthquake. It Could Happen Here: Floods, Fires, & Earthquakes will provide you an opportunity to hear what happens following a disaster.

The good news is that we can prepare now to minimize the impacts of these disasters in our area. Learn more about the threats and hazards facing Palo Alto at

During this community event, open to the public, the City of Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services will honor individuals and organizations who have actively prepared their communities for disasters and emergencies, those who made individual contributions to help others, and those who positively influenced our community. 

We are pleased to announce the following award recipients:

Sharon Elliot and Al Dorsky: Emergency Services Volunteer Members
Amy Yang: Leader, Emergency Awareness Fair
Ellen Corman, Stanford Healthcare: Stop the Bleed Program
Zack Bodner, The Palo Alto Jewish Community Center

It Could Happen Here: Floods, Fires & Earthquakes

Thursday, January 17th, 2019

6:30 - 7:00pm: Reception in Lobby
7:00 - 7:30pm: Welcome and Awards
7:30 - 9:00pm: Keynote and Panel

Welcome: City Manager Ed Shikada and Emergency Services Volunteer Team Leader Annette Glanckopf
Community Partnership Awards: Annette Glanckopf and Ken Dueker
Keynote Presentation: Christopher Godley
Panel Discussion: Christopher Godley, Ken Dueker, Geo Blackshire
Closing Comments: Chief Robert Jonsen, Palo Alto Police Department

Mitchell Park Community Center - El Palo Alto Room
3700 Middlefield Road
Palo Alto, CA 94303

About our featured speaker:

Mr. Christopher Godley, Certified Emergency Manager
Director of Emergency Management, Sonoma County

Christopher was appointed as the Director of Emergency Management for Sonoma County in December 2018. His current mission is to develop the County’s newly created Department of Emergency Management and develop a comprehensive alert and warning program. He has served as a local government emergency manager in the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 years, working for Sonoma County, Marin County and as the Director of Emergency Services for the City of San Jose.

Christopher previously worked for the consulting firm Tetra Tech where he directed their Cyber Incident Consequence Management team and led planning, training and exercise projects. Chris us a UCLA grad and holds an MS in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach. He is a 20-year veteran of the US Army Reserve and California Army National Guard.

Download the flyer for this event (PDF)

Last Updated: January 3, 2019