With the success of the CERT program in Los Altos, it was quickly apparent that a storage area was needed for general CERT supplies. Through a generous donation by Orchard Supply Hardware in Mountain View the shed became a reality. The only problem was that it was in pieces – lots of little pieces. Led by Harry Guy, an able team of volunteers met on Friday September 26th to put the pieces together. The first order of business was to level and compact the ground that the shed would rest on. A frame of 4×4 timbers was laid down and filled with just under two yards of base rock. The city loaned a compactor and the base rock was compacted and smoothed in place. From there the shed floor was put into place and the walls went up, followed by the roof. The timing was excellent because just as the last panel of the roof was being installed, the clouds opened up with a little bit of rain, probably as a last-minute check to see if the shed was water tight. And it was – everyone who was huddling in the shed to keep out of the rain stayed dry as a few team members frantically ran around outside trying to move their various tools out of the rain. Just as the last tool was stowed back into the trucks the rain stopped and the build crew celebrated a job well done. A big thank you to the build crew: Harry Guy, Jim Clark, Tom Freed, Lan Nguyen, Nick Tanner, Cookie Murata and Mike De Wein.
Napa got hit by a 6.0 earthquake recently and damage was in the hundreds of millions of dollars. What if it hit here – would you and your neighborhood be ready? Now is the time to start getting your neighborhood organized and set up to handle situations such as what happened in Napa.
The next BAT (Block Action Team) Leader training session is scheduled for October 7. It will be held in the meeting rooms at El Camino hospital starting at 6:30 PM. To sign up, click on the “Sign Up to Become a BAT Leader” box that is to the right. Yep, right there on the top right. Go ahead, click it and do it before the next one hits.
Congratulations to Nancy, Carol and Robin for organizing their first BAT drill. This BAT is the largest BAT in Los Altos (~80 homes), and they have developed mini-blocks with individual captains to keep it organized. They activated and exercised their BAT neighborhood with a number of simulated conditions that included:
- child trapped in playhouse by a fallen tree limb;
- gas leak that needed to be turned off;
- water leak on a front porch;
- and a missing dog.
Click on the picture to see a close-up of some of these activities. Each household was asked to display their HELP/OK sign and some of the mini-blocks held specific training sessions on topics such as search techniques. The exercise was followed by a neighborhood pot luck and a children’s bicycle parade. Well done BAT #111!
On August 23, 2014, Los Altos Prepare – CERT participated in the Santa Clara County Wide Emergency Drill. The participants were: Christine Brown, John Brown, Lauren Doud, Don Gladstone, William Huang, Cookie Murata, Chris Nagao, Lan Nguyen and Nick Tanner.
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The next BAT Leader training session is scheduled for July 29. Join your neighbors in forming a Block Action Team to build a stronger sense of community in your neighborhood.
Although the session is titled BAT Leader Training, this is an informative discussion about Block Action Teams, how they are formed and what they can do for your neighborhood. After hearing the presentation, you can decide if you want to step up to be a BAT Leader or not. But after hearing the presentation and meeting your neighbors with the same concerns as yours, we are sure that you will want to sign up and start a Block Action Team in your neighborhood.
Signing up is easy – just click on the “Sign Up to Become a BAT Leader” link that is to the right of this column. It’s right there at the top. Go ahead, click on it and plan on joining us for an informative evening.
The next Los Altos CERT class will be starting on September 18. This is a series of 3 hour classes and a Saturday “graduation exercise” that covers the finer details of CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams). Learn how to handle a fire extinguisher, provide minor first and and do light search and rescue. This class is offered twice a year, so the next installment will be in the spring. CERT skills are very useful after a major disaster such as an earthquake that does extensive damage in your neighborhood. You can sign up by clicking on the “Sign Up for a CERT Class” link that is in the right-hand column on this page. Price of the class is $95 and provides you with a CERT backpack loaded with personal protection equipment (PPE). Sign up today and join us at this informative and very useful training class.
The next installment of the Block Action Team Leader (BAT Leader) training session is scheduled for April 29. To sign up, click on the “Sign Up To Be A BAT Leader” link that’s to the right. Don’t worry – you don’t have to commit to being a leader until you attend the class, and even then you can still say no. But after seeing the presentation and meeting your neighbors, we think you’ll agree that being a BAT Leader is cool thing to do.
BAT Leaders build a sense of community in their neighborhood. If you already know your neighbors, then you are most of the way there. If you don’t know your neighbors, then this is the perfect excuse to meet them. Once your neighborhood BAT gets going, you can do things like hold block parties, get prepared for an emergency like an earthquake and more. But rather than explain it all here, why not sign up for the class and join us on April 29?
The next Los Altos CERT class will be starting on April 16. This is a series of 3 hour classes and a Saturday “graduation exercise” that covers the finer details of CERT (Community Emergency Response Teams). Learn how to handle a fire extinguisher, provide minor first and and do light search and rescue. This class is offered twice a year, so the next installment will be later in the fall. CERT skills are very useful after a major disaster such as an earthquake that does extensive damage in your neighborhood. You can sign up by clicking on the “Sign Up for a CERT Class” link that is in the right-hand column on this page. Price of the class is $95 and provides you with a CERT backpack loaded with personal protection equipment (PPE). Sign up today and join us at this informative and very useful training class.
Always wanted to be a ham radio operator? Here’s your chance. There is a one-day “ham cram” session on April 19. This is a study session where you simply study the questions and the correct answers, then take the test. The success rate usually surpasses 90% and sometimes hits 100%. While you don’t learn a lot about ham radio, you do get your license quickly. Not to worry – there are a lot of follow-on classes available that will fill in the blanks. If you are interested, go to www.baears.com and click on the “sign up” link on the left side. Price is $30 and seating is limited to the first 100 people. Once you have your license, you can join the other hams in Los Altos and provide vital communications capabilities when the big one hits.
The next installment of Block Action Team (BAT) Leader training is coming soon (Feb 27). To sign up, fill in this form (ed: old link removed) or click on the “Block Action Team” button that’s on the menu bar above if you want more information. There you will find a description of the program and a link to the sign-up form. Signing up for the presentation doesn’t commit you to being a BAT Leader – you can make that decision at the session itself. The first two hours of the presentation describes the driving forces behind the program and a high-level view of how BATs will help after an earthquake. Then its time for you to decide – do you want to be a BAT Leader or not? Those interested in being a BAT Leader will stay longer and we’ll take your picture for an ID badge, hand out some BAT organizing material and explain how some of the more important forms will be used. So go ahead – click on the button above and join us on the 27th to learn more about the program. Or ask yourself, if not you, then who?