emergencyWe live in earthquake country. Fortunately, Palo Alto didn’t suffer much damage during the Loma Prieta earthquake in 1989, but with a major earthquake expected on the Hayward Fault, we must be prepared.

Palo Alto’s Office of Emergency Services and Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) offer courses in neighborhood emergency preparedness.  Residents can become Block Preparedness Coordinators (BPC),   Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinators (NPC),  Community Emergency Response Team members (CERT) or Amateur Radio Emergency Services members (ARES).   All serve under the supervision and at the pleasure of Palo Alto’s Office of Emergency Services.

The AMNA neighborhood is divided into blocks, each headed by a BPC.  The duties of BPCs include

*Building social bonds on their block (including collecting/maintaining a neighborhood directory)

*Encouraging neighbors to prepare for emergencies

*Serving as a communication node for the neighborhood

*Assessing the block in times of emergency and reporting needs to AMNA’s NPC

The City of Palo Alto has adopted Santa Clara County’s AlertSCC system for notifying residents by telephone of emergency situations. To take advantage of the system, you must sign up and list a primary telephone number at the AlertSCC website. You can also sign up for email and SMS (text) alerts.

The Adobe Meadow Neighborhood Association has partnered with QuakeKare.com: Emergency Preparedness Kits and Supplies to make earthquake supplies available to residents. Use the link to make individual orders or contact us by email to find out about periodic bulk orders.

Being prepared is for all of us, not only Boy Scouts!