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Modest grant will help us prepare for emergencies

Original post made by annette, Midtown, on Jun 30, 2010

Emergency Preparedness is a key city priority for 2010. On Monday night, the City Council approved $ 20,000 for the Palo Alto Neighborhoods (PAN) Block Preparedness Program (BPC), Emergency Preparedness, over the next year! Ironically it was the day that there was a 3.5 quake off the northern coast. Timing is everything.

Last week the Policy and Services Committee met to discuss the city work plan for this topic. The PAN BPC leadership presented the 2009 accomplishments, 2010 goals, and needed funding. Kudos to BPC co-chairs Al Dorsky & Lydia Kou and PAN Chair Sheri Furman for their eloquence. PAPD Officer Ken Dueker presented the city work plan brilliantly. This presentation was the catalyst for this funding. Several major items that will be funded are vests/IDs, manuals, lawn signs to identify block preparedness coordinators, and equipment for the neighborhood communication hubs.

To the Council Members: Thank you for your faith in the neighborhoods for the very important goal of "a community ready and able to respond to a disaster." You have given us peace of mind that we can implement our neighborhood emergency preparedness dreams.

More events:

** If you plan on attending the Chili Cook-off., please stop by the Public Safety booth with your neighbors and say hello. It will be the perfect opportunity to meet the team and invite them to learn more about being prepared.

** Safety Faire: On September 18, there will be a large Safety Faire at the USGS headquarters on Middlefield in Menlo Park. The Palo Alto Neighborhoods will have a booth. We invite you to join us to learn more about preparedness.

Annette Glanckopf Chair, PAN Committee for Emergency Preparedness
"Chance favors those who are prepared."


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