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on Dec 31, 2007
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To organize and be in a position to offer aid is a vital part of the city government, police,fire, power,water and medical depts in this city. In a real situation, all the above listed depts would be completely overwhelmed. We know by past observation that we would not be able to count on fed. gov. assistance for 3-4 days. It is vital that every person provide for a min of 3 days of water,food and clothing for themselves and loved ones. If citizens of Palo Alto were responsible enough to just do this much, a disaster plan by the city might just work. What is the City and Gov of Palo Alto doing to make sure that the average person living in Palo Alto has a place to go to get simple food list,and know how to store water? Why isnt this type of planning part of the school objectives? If our children were taught to plan for emergencies on their level, it would be well worth the time spent.
Each school has enough food, water and supplies for a number of days based on each schools population. It is stored at each school site. Schools also run disaster drills. Years ago, the City of Palo Alto came out with a booklet titled Living with our faults and it told us what we needed to do in case of emergency. It is quite comprehensive. We also have Red Cross and PANDA trailers posted at fire stations throughout the city. The City can provide information but it is up to each citizen to be prepared. The City of Palo Alto and the school district have done a great job in telling us what we need to do. In case of a disaster, people have only themselves to blame if they are caught without adequate supplies.