Emergency preparedness is a do-it-yourself challenge | October 15, 2010 | Palo Alto Weekly | Palo Alto Online |

Palo Alto Weekly

News - October 15, 2010

Emergency preparedness is a do-it-yourself challenge

Volunteers will be crucial to survival and recovery from disaster, city leaders say

by Sue Dremann

The public face of disaster preparation might be police, fire and city officials, but Palo Alto officials have said many times they won't be able to handle a disaster without residents' help.

This story contains 537 words.

If you are a paid subscriber, check to make sure you have logged in. Otherwise our system cannot recognize you as having full free access to our site.

If you are a paid print subscriber and haven't yet set up an online account, click here to get your online account activated.

Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.

Comments

Posted by Jake, a resident of another community
on Oct 16, 2010 at 1:44 am

The PANDA program and the people who have taken the time to get training and prepare for a major emergency that will happen in this area again at some point should be commended for their efforts and dedication.
911 is not going to be able to handle the number of problems when that day happens. People need to prepare and be ready, These people who took the time and made the effort will be responsible for doing vital and needed tasks, to ensure the safety of so many people.
Thank you for your hard work.


Posted by panda volunteer, a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 17, 2010 at 7:01 pm

The cooperation between disaster volunteers is continuing to develop favorably. The PANDA (CERT) district coordinators recognize the importance of the PAN block coordinators for an organized response to a disaster.

Unfortunately this article is written with bias. It reads that PAN developed and conducted the training drills....The fact is that the City OES reps, PANDA District Coordinators, and PAN liaisons worked to develop these exercises/drills.

It is curious as to why the PAN group tend to market themselves or an individual as the expert in the field.

We need to ask....who really has experience to develop these trainings? Who has had experience in a Katrina, Northridge, or 9/11, etc?


Posted by apbinfo, a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Oct 18, 2010 at 11:20 am

ACCESS -
The ordinary insurance policyholder now has access: basic rights and vital information—even footing, equality—the security of knowing what to expect in terms of disaster preparedness/recovery.
With a little curiosity, you can gain emotional/mental preparedness—fortitude.
www.DisasterPrepared.info.


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

 

The 2016-17 Info Guide is here!

Info Palo Alto, a resource guide for the Midpeninsula, features local information on schools, outdoors and recreation, government and arts & entertainment

View