The following is a list of committees/groups that make up the Los Altos PREPARE and BAT efforts. If you see a committee/group that you would like to join, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the group name you want to join and how you can help out. Thanks in advance for volunteering to help us with these very important community focused programs.
Headed by Sherie Dodsworth, the Steering Committee is made up of the leaders from the other sub-committees and anybody interested in furthering the program in general. The committee meets regularly to review the progress made by each sub-committees and identify next steps.
Headed by Heidi Sloss, this committee focuses on CERT (Community Emergency Response Training) efforts. This team works on delivering the CERT training through qualified instructors and keeping trained CERT graduates engaged in on-going activities. Their goal is to build a successful CERT program that benefit both residents and the city as a whole.
This group is headed by Jim Clark and encompasses several components. The first component is identifying the tools and technologies to use within the programs so that committee members can easily share and build program content such as flyers, presentation materials and so on. Another component of the technology effort is building and maintaining this web site and the last component is to provide tools such as worksheets and maps to Block Action Team Leaders.
Headed by Tom Armer, this committee identifies the mapping components needed by the programs. This includes providing neighborhood-centric maps for use by Block Action Team Leaders and members, and identifying emergency information and reporting sites (EIRS). Providing maps online and offline in printed form are also a main concern of this committee. The Mapping and Technology committees usually meet together.
Headed by Tom Smith, amateur radio communications (ham radio) will play a vital role during an emergency. Once “the big one” hits (or even if it is a little one), typical communication paths such as phone, cell phone and internet services will be severely impacted. Ham radio will provide a backup communications path to move information between the BATs and the city. This committee is focused on recruiting new ham operators, providing training and holding periodic drills. This group will also interface with the City and the other committees to identify the types of information that the city will be looking for after a disaster.
Headed by Megan Allen this committee focuses on identifying resources available at faith based organizations, schools and other locations which could be used to help our community when a major disaster occurs. It is also surveying the churches, schools and other organizations to find out what, if any, steps they are taking to help prepare their constituencies or if they would like to get involved with our programs in order to help their members.
This team focuses on education activities which include: sponsoring informative speakers; contributing articles to local publications; making presentations to groups; participating at events, such as the farmers market and other festivals, to help inform the community about our programs.