Citizen Corps Council (CCC)

Citizen Corp Council Stanford and Palo Alto

What is the Citizen Corps Council (CCC)?

Citizen Corps is a federal best practice, designed to integrate government and community resources in partnership for all-hazards preparedness. The Palo Alto/Stanford CCC is our local coordinating body for all activity related to emergency planning and homeland security. The CCC is a clearing house for information and best practices, as an advisory body to the City Manager and, therefore, integral to the Emergency Services Council (ESC) of the City.

There are many ways to participate and get involved. Visit our Emergency Services Website to find out how to Get Prepared and Get Involved!

You may contact the CCC by emailing 

Mission Statement
The mission of the Palo Alto/Stanford CCC is to harness the power of individuals, businesses, and organizations through education, training and volunteer service to make communities resilient, safe, strong, and prepared to respond to and recover from threats as identified in the THIRA report.

Structure of the CCC:
The City’s Municipal Code Chapter 2.12 places executive authority for emergency services and public safety with the City Manager, who is the statutory director of emergency services and the Director of Emergency Services (Office of Emergency Services) who is the statutory assistant director of emergency services, and further establishes an Emergency Services Council (ESC).

Municipal Code Section 2.12.030(5) specifies that the membership of the ESC may include: “Such representatives of civic, business, labor, veterans, professional or other organizations having an official emergency responsibility, as may be appointed by the director with the advice and consent of the city council.” (. added) These representatives are the Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps Council (CCC), along with the City staff enumerated in that section. When the Mayor is present, the CCC becomes the ESC. 

The City has maintained a Citizen Corps Council since 2004, and while it has undergone several organizational changes since then, the mission remains the same. Our latest revision to this program occurred in 2016 with the adoption of a revised Emergency Operations Plan (EOP). 

The membership of the CCC/ESC includes the staff positions defined in the Municipal Code along with eight community members appointed by the Director of Emergency Services to represent organizations "having an official emergency responsibility" as described above. Municipal Code Section 2.12.080 specifies that the CCC/ESC is to be involved in revisions to the City's Emergency Operations Plan (EOP).

The organizations that currently form the CCC voting members are:

Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce = Business and Infrastructure
Stanford Shopping Center = Business and Infrastructure
Stanford University Environmental Health and Safety = University
Stanford University Department of Public Safety = University
Stanford Healthcare (Stanford Hospital) = Medical and Human Services
Palo Alto Medical Foundation = Medical and Human Services
Palo Alto Unified School District = Community Resources
Palo Alto Emergency Services Volunteers = Community Resources

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Citizen Corp Council is supported by the Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services