[Editor’s Note: The following was received from the City of Palo Alto]
The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services (OES) will host its fifth annual awards ceremony to recognize outstanding community volunteers for their work on emergency preparedness. The public is invited to the ceremony on Friday, January 24, that will begin with a reception catered by Ada's Café starting at 6 p.m. The event will be held in the City Council chambers.
Mayor Nancy Shepherd will host the event joined by Kenneth Dueker, director of Office of Emergency Services, and the program will also include a keynote speech by City Chief Information Officer Jonathan Reichental.
Individuals will be formally recognized for helping to ensure that the community is safer and better prepared for emergencies. The 2014 Community Partnership Awards will be given to the following outstanding Emergency Service Volunteer recipients:
- Marty Douglas, Emergency Medical Unit / Medical Reserve Corps
- Tom Fowler, Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator (NPC)
- Al and Faith Hastings, Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinator (NPC)
- Dick McEwen, Block Preparedness Coordinator (BPC)
- Kristen Van Fleet, Block Preparedness Coordinator (BPC)
- Paul Lufkin, Amateur Radio Emergency Services/Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services
- Matt Sorgenfrei, Community Emergency Response Team
- Ruth Satterthwaite, Logistics / Trailer Team
Following the recognition of individuals for their outstanding achievements, Reichental will give the keynote presentation titled, "Five Ways You Can Help Protect Yourself From Computer Security Risks". Reichental joined the City as CIO in 2011, and has been named as the best CIO in Silicon Valley, and often speaks and writes on a wide range of technology and business-related topics.
About the Palo Alto Emergency Services Volunteers (ESV) Program
The City of Palo Alto has partnered with the community to form the Emergency Services Volunteer (ESV) program as a coordinating structure for the Block Preparedness Coordinator (BPC) (includes Neighborhood Watch), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Amateur Radio (ham radio), and Medical Reserve Corps (MRC). More information is posted here.