“Oh, here’s what I learned…”

“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,...
Another earthquake strikes Palo Alto!

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...
Getting rid of your nightlight could save your life

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...

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!

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...