Lydia Kou, Barron Park Emergency Preperation and Safety Chair and head planner of "Quakeville, and Daniel Lilienstein, a Block Preparedness Coordinator (BPC), communicate on a walkie talkie that a resident is missing during a simulation Saturday night. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Mike Kenniston, center, is carried to safety by Palo Alto Fire Explorers Justin Youngyunpipatkul, left, and Justin Grey during a simulation in which Kenniston was lost and had broken an ankle at "Quakeville" at Juana Briones Park Saturday night. But his 6-year-old twin girls kept shouting to rescuers that he wasn't really hurt. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Tony Hughes, left, Kathleen Hughes, right, and family of Palo Alto of Palo Alto chat with Palo Alto Mayor Pat Burt while staying overnight at Juana Briones Park in "Quakeville" Saturday night (Sept. 11). Photo by Veronica Weber.
From far left (moving clockwise) Leland Wei, Ian Fitzgerald, Marty Schaefer, Hieu Nguyen, Nick Farm and Nathan Brown play a game of Apples To Apples inside their tent, a part of the "Quakeville" simulation at Juana Briones Park Saturday nignt (Sept. 11). Photo by Veronica Weber.
As dusk begins to settle in, Palo Alto residents set up tents at Juana Briones Park as part of "Quakeville" community campout and emergency-readiness drill Saturday evening (Sept. 11. Photo by Veronica Weber.
Palo Altans camping out at Quakeville, Palo Alto's simulated earthquake reaction this weekend, found themselves engaged in a surprise "missing person" search Saturday night. Here are some images of the event.
As of Saturday morning, nearly 50 people had registered for the overnight event.
Despite an initial ban, pets were allowed after all at the weekend "Quakeville" emergency-preparedness campout/drill at Juana Briones Park -- thanks to Thursday's gas-main explosion and fire in San Bruno.
Quakeville organizer Lydia Kou changed her mind to allow pets because of the recent fire disaster in San Bruno. Kou said she heard stories of how people grabbed their pets first and left many other valuable objects in their homes to burn.
"Maybe pets are something we need to put as a top priority," Kou said. "If people are going to be grabbing their pets in disaster circumstances, then they should be allowed here."