Palo Alto ESV Program Information


It is not a question of "if" but "when". The challenging question is: Will you be prepared for tomorrow's disasters? Meet and prepare your neighbors before disaster strikes.

Discover Palo Alto's Emergency Services:

Palo Alto Volunteer Program Descriptions:

Neighborhood and Block Preparedness Coordinator Program

The BPC Program trains volunteers to staff BPC positions for each block and Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinators (NPC) for each neighborhood (including businesses/districts or other groups).

Palo Alto CERT Program

Using training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help.


The Office of Emergency Services administers the auxiliary communications services for the City of Palo Alto.  Auxiliary Communications includes ARES and RACES.  If you live or work in Palo Alto and you are a communications professional, amateur radio operator, or simply interested in radio communications we would welcome your involvement. More: Neighborhood FRS Radio Channels

Palo Alto Medical Reserve Corps

The Palo Alto MRC functions as a way to locally organize and utilize volunteers who want to donate their time and expertise to prepare for and respond to emergencies and promote healthy living throughout the year.

From the official Palo Alto City wesite we read:

"(...) 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).

The ESV organization supports the mission of the Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps Council (CCC): "The mission of the Palo Alto/Stanford Citizen Corps 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 of 1) natural disasters, 2) human-caused disasters, 3) crime, 4) public health emergencies, 5) terrorism, and 6) disasters of all kinds."

The Emergency Services Volunteers nomenclature is an "umbrella" to include all City-sponsored emergency preparedness volunteer programs, such as ARES/RACES (ham radio), Block Preparedness Coordinators (BPC) & Neighborhood Preparedness Coordinators (NPCs), and the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers. (...) The Palo Alto Office of Emergency Services (OES) is the sponsor of the ESV program.  Because OES serves all City departments (including Public Safety (Police & Fire), Public Works, Community Services, etc.), ESVs may be deployed, at the discretion of OES, to function in various capacities to suit their requirements or the needs of our mutual aid partners, including Stanford University, Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, NASA Ames Moffett Field, etc. (...)". See: More

Click HERE for the ESV Application Form

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