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Portola Valley residents organize their own ad-hoc evacuation drill

Original post made on Sep 2, 2021

A group of Portola Valley residents staged an ad-hoc evacuation drill, saying they want to be prepared if a major fire forces them from their homes. Town officials say drills don't work when it comes to gathering meaningful data.

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Posted by Liz Babb
a resident of Portola Valley: Woodside Highlands
on Sep 2, 2021 at 1:05 pm

Liz Babb is a registered user.

I participated in the evacuation drill because I saw it has an opportunity to practice. It pointed out gaps in my own plan with my family, and in my neighborhood. I commend Sophie for pulling it together. I would love to see a regular monthly evacuation drill at the very least in my neighborhood so that we can all practice. If given notice, I plan to get out early as I did last summer when we evacuated, even though we did not have a specific order to do so. But if the fire starts in my neighborhood or jumps to it, we have to be ready. We have to have practiced. I don't I think these drills are so much for Town governance, as they are for us as individuals and small groups of neighbors to practice before the actual emergency. That's why we practice in sports, that's why we practice in the arts; it's a proven strategy. Confused/saddened/sahking-my-head re push-back.

One other thing. The PVNU is not a membership group. We are your neighbors and friends who wish to keep each other informed about important issues for Portola Valley. We have hundreds of subscribers to our emails and newsletters and that list is growing all the time.

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