The 6th annual Palo Alto/Stanford Community Partnership Awards honoring community members who have helped the city and residents be prepared for a disaster will take place at Palo Alto City Hall on Jan. 15.
Four individuals and two Stanford agencies will be presented with awards for their service at a ceremony, which is sponsored by the City of Palo Alto and Stanford University. A panel will also discuss living in the age of pandemics.
The event will recognize:
Bonnie Berg, and Old Palo Alto resident, public health nurse and a founding member of the city's Medical Reserve Corps
Hamilton Hitchings, a Duveneck St. Francis resident and block preparedness coordinator who volunteered at multiple events including the Eprep Faire and developed a document called "Family Prep in 30 minutes."
Cliff Nakayama, a resident of Altaire and neighbor preparedness coordinator for the Jewish Community Center and the Jewish Kehilla schools who has created videos of neighborhoods emergency-preparation events.
Daniel Melick, a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor and member of the training exercise and design team.
Stanford Emergency Medical Service
Stanford Health Care Office of Emergency Management
The panel discussion, "Age of Pandemics," will feature Palo Alto Medical Foundation physician Enoch Choi, Kaiser Santa Clara physician Stephen Fisk and George Han, Santa Clara County deputy health officer. Lissa Kreisler, of KBAY 94.5 FM, will moderate.
Opening comments for the ceremony will be by newly elected Palo Alto Mayor Karen Holman, with closing comments by police Chief Dennis Burns.
The event takes place at 7 p.m. at 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, in the Council Chambers.
The Palo Alto/Stanford Community Partnership is part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Citizen Corps, a program that provides training for citizens to assist in recovery after a disaster or emergency.