The phrases "green activism" and "emergency preparedness" are rarely uttered in the same breath.
Unless, of course, you're in Palo Alto, where the two subjects remain the surest ways to get the community's attention.
Now the green crowd is teaming up with neighborhood watchdogs to spread the groups' collective wealth of knowledge to the rest of the city.
On Saturday, Jan. 31, the "Red and Green" campaign -- a joint venture of Acterra, Palo Alto Neighborhoods, Community Environmental Action Partnership and the City of Palo Alto -- will send volunteers knocking on doors in every Palo Alto neighborhood.
They will deliver information on how to become a Block Preparedness Coordinator, sign up for Community Alert and Notification System (CANS) updates, reduce carbon footprints and get a free energy audit.
Residents wishing to volunteer are asked to gather at the Mitchell Park or the Rinconada fire stations between 9 and 10 a.m. to pick up the packets and have some coffee and bagels.
They will then scatter to every nook and cranny of Palo Alto to deliver information to residents. on how to become a Block Preparedness
At noon, volunteers are scheduled to reassemble for a barbecue put together by Palo Alto firefighters.
"The goal is to reach every household with neighbor-to-neighbor contacts," Council member Yoriko Kishimoto said at the Jan. 12 council meeting.