Numerous educational events are taking place during September and October, including at Palo Alto schools, in order to prepare people for disasters. Palo Alto Unified School District has designated October as Emergency Preparedness Month and plans a disaster drill and other activities.
Sept. 18: Safety Faire San Mateo County, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), 345 Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, in partnership with the Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps Council. The free fair focuses on family preparedness. There will be give-aways, demonstrations and lectures by USGS.
Sept. 21: Palo Alto Neighborhoods will offer a new 2-hour class, "Personal Preparedness," at Friends Meeting Hall, 957 Colorado Ave. Information: www.paneighborhoods.org
Sept. 25: Community Disaster Drill for the Palo Alto Neighborhoods Block Preparedness Coordinator Program using Community Alert Notification System (CANS)
Sept. 26: Annual Midtown Ice Cream Social, from 1 to 4 p.m. in a local park, featuring emergency preparedness information and supplies. Information: www.midtownresidents.org
Oct. 3: Gamble Garden Community Day, with a neighborhood and emergency-preparedness focus
Oct. 21: Awards Ceremony and keynote speaker at City Hall to honor key volunteer emergency coordinators.
Date uncertain: Open house for the city's new Mobile Emergency Operations Center.