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Community Notebook: Seniors invited to 'meet the chiefs'

Panel discussion to focus on safety, emergency, crime prevention

Palo Alto police Chief Robert Jonsen, Office of Emergency Services Director Ken Dueker and Fire Chief Eric Nickel will give public safety advice to seniors at an event on July 12, 2018. Photos of Jonsen and Nickel by Veronica Weber. Photo of Dueker courtesy city of Palo Alto.

A special panel discussion next week with three of Palo Alto's top emergency and law enforcement officials will focus on seniors.

"Meet the Chiefs: Public Safety and Preparedness for Seniors" will include fire Chief Eric Nickel, who will discuss fire safety, fall prevention and community programs; police Chief Robert Jonsen, who will talk about crime prevention and personal and public safety; and Office of Emergency Services Director Ken Dueker, who will focus on emergency and disaster preparedness.

Annette Glanckopf, a team leader with Palo Alto Emergency Service Volunteers, said there is a breadth of topics up for discussion including personal safety while walking in neighborhoods, bicycle safety, fall prevention, what to do if stopped by police and more.

The event will also feature 10 information tables covering fall safety, hip injuries, how to manage utilities at home and more. Chinese translation services, as well as brochures in English, Chinese and Spanish, will be available.

While the goal of the event is to "keep seniors independent for as long as possible," topics in public safety are applicable to all ages, Glanckopf said.

"It's not just for seniors. A lot of the information is very relevant to all," she added.

The community event is free and includes refreshments and raffle prizes. Sponsors include the city of Palo Alto, city Emergency Services Volunteers, Avenidas, Assemblyman Marc Berman, D-Palo Alto, and the Palo Alto Chinese Parents Club.

The event takes place Thursday, July 12, 2-4 p.m. at Mitchell Park Community Center, 3700 Middlefield Road. More information is available by calling Avenidas at 650-289-5400.

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