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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.

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


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

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.

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