“Oh, here’s what I learned…”

We put discovery at the center of our learning experiences. That’s a bit different from what others do. Conventional drill- or exercise-based disaster preparedness efforts start by telling people what they should do. Then they give them a chance to practice...

We couldn’t have said it better!

It’s always satisfying to hear others humming to your beat. The New York Times published an article a few days ago that hums to ours. In How to Prepare Your Community for a Disaster, New York Times writer Alan Henry summarizes an interview with Mitch Stripling,...

Thank you, Palo Alto-Stanford Citizen Corps Council

Last night, the Palo Alto-Stanford Citizen Corps Council honored our work with a Community Partner Award. During the award ceremony, Ken Dueker, Director of the Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services, praised our emerging program saying that, “we think this is very...

Another earthquake strikes Palo Alto!

On Nov 11, 2017, a major earthquake struck Ross Ct in Palo Alto CA. Here’s the full report. 21 residents, 3 dogs, and 4 cats smelled gas leaks, watched a transformer fizzle and spark, and were without water and power for several days. Afterward, they were joined...

On the ground after Hurricane Harvey

  A few days after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas coast, we found out about this exceptional case of spontaneous leadership in Rockport TX. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, and a fortunate conjunction of circumstances, we are working on our first...

Getting rid of your nightlight could save your life!

  Flashlights. They’re on every list of Things You Should Have in Case of Emergency. Keep one in your car, in your briefcase, next to your bed. That’s good advice. But let’s talk about the one next to your bed. Are the batteries still good? Is it buried in that...

Wow! Spontaneous leadership in the flesh!

The good news is that people really do take up leadership spontaneously. The bad news is that spontaneous leadership is still newsworthy. Nonetheless, we thank everyone who stepped up when it was needed, including Zachary Dearing in Rockport Texas: Read the full...

Block party organizer FAQ

How long does the event last? Half a day: 3 hours for the simulation, and then however long the party afterwards goes. Usually, we do the simulation from 2-5, and then hang out for a BBQ or potluck dinner. Who should I invite? Everyone on your block, in your building,...

Have a block party with a twist!

We’re looking for a few Palo Alto residents to help organize a block party with a twist. What’s the twist? It’s a live-action simulation designed to help families and neighbors practice their response to a catastrophic earthquake. Participants face the prospect...