Plans and Information

Plans are an integral part of preparing for emergencies and disasters. We are sharing all our public facing documentation, plans and information on this page.


1. Mitigation Planning 

Mitigation is the effort to reduce loss of life and property by eliminating hazards or reducing their impact. It is important to know that disasters can happen at any time and any place and if we are not prepared, consequences can be fatal.  Effective mitigation requires that we all understand local risks, address the hard choices, and invest in long-term community well-being.
Local Hazard Mitigation and Adaption Plan 
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Threat Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment 
From nature’s wrath to human error, hazards exist throughout the world and the City of Palo Alto is no exception. While we cannot prevent all hazards from occurring, we can be aware and prepare for them, to minimize their impacts on our lives.
Foothills Fire Management Plan 
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  Sustainability and Climate Action Plan
The City launched its Sustainability and Climate Action Plan (S/CAP) initiative in August 2014 to chart a path to a more sustainable future, find ways to improve our quality of life, grow prosperity, and create a thriving and resilient community – all while dramatically reducing our carbon footprint. [ more ]

2. Preparedness Planning 

Preparedness is an all-encompassing effort that uses the five mission areas to implement a continuous cycle of planning, organizing, training, equipping, exercising, evaluating, and taking corrective action in an effort to ensure effective coordination during incident response.
Emergency Preparedness Page
Preparing for a disaster is an important part of keeping you and your family safe. During a major disaster, much of the key infrastructure will not be working, planning and preparing for this eventuality may save your life. [ more ]
  Emergency Services Volunteer Opportunities
The mission of the Palo Alto Emergency Services Volunteers (ESV) is to: 1) provide supplemental resources to the professional first responders of the City and surrounding communities and 2) facilitate means for neighbors to help neighbors (including business and other entities).  [ more ]

  Peninsula Preparedness Network
With the ever present risk of disasters looming over Bay Area communities, a group of government emergency preparedness  experts and community partners have come together to create the Peninsula Preparedness Network project.  [ more ]

3. Response Planning 

Response coordinates operational and logistical disaster response capability among all levels of government needed to save and sustain lives, minimize suffering, and protect property in a timely and effective manner in communities that become overwhelmed by disasters.
City of Palo Alto Emergency Operations Plan
Base Plan Provides the basic structure and approach for the City’s response efforts including identifying and outlining authorities, key policies, stakeholders, roles & responsibilities, communications, and resource coordination.  [ more ]
Revision Date: 01/11/2016
  Winter Storm & Flood Plan
This Plan establishes mobilization procedures for maximum utilization of all resources during a winter storm or flood where disruption of transportation, utilities or other services or infrastructure is anticipated or occurs. [ more ]
San Francisquito Creek Multi-Agency Coordination (SFC MAC)
Operational Plan for Severe Storm and Flood Response

This Plan provides guidance on how to staff and organize a MAC Group, and
collaborate on response to potential, imminent, and actual flooding along the
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4. Recovery Planning 

Recovery supports individuals and communities affected by disasters in their efforts to recover. Individual and Public Assistance programs as well as Long Term Community Recovery efforts assist individuals and communities in FEMA’s collective effort to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all hazards.
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Last Updated: Sep 29, 2017