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Disaster aides to practice what they preach

Original post made on Sep 18, 2009

Disaster-response volunteers will be holding an earthquake drill Saturday afternoon in Palo Alto, practicing putting out fires, search and rescue from buildings, triage and disaster medical treatment. In addition, 60 local residents have volunteered to act as "victims." The drill will take place at three fire stations in town.

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Posted by Annette Ashton
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 18, 2009 at 12:54 pm

A key component that has not been mentioned in tomorrow's drill is the neighborhood effort. The Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) Block and Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinators (BPC/NPC) will also participate in collaboration with the CERT teams. Al Dorsky will lead the PAN effort with over 15 neighborhood NPCs and their cadre of BPCs.

When the drill begins, the NPCs (Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinators) will open communications with their BPC (Block Preparedness Coordinators). Each BPC will walk their block, access any damages - such as fires out of control, medical needs, trees blocked, severe damage to buildings - and report critical needs to their respective NPC who will convey status and problems to the Fire Stations.

This model allows triage of neccesary city resources. To learn more about the PAN BPC program, check out or contact us at

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