Block Action Teams – A great thing for your Neighborhood

October 13, 2015

It’s official, Block Action Teams (BAT’s) are partnering with the City and Fire Department to help provide information in the event of a major emergency. BATs are a Los Altos Community Foundation Program, which was started to help neighborhoods – Connect, Care and Prepare. There are currenly 45 BATs established, covering approximately 10% of the households in Los Altos. A neighborhood covered by a BAT gets trained on how to assess their neighborhood after a major disaster and report their status to first responder resources.

Los Altos residents are encouraged to sign up and participate in a BAT leader training session. The next two training dates are Thursday, October 29 or Wednesday November 18, 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Neutra House, 181 Hillview Ave.

During the training BAT leaders will lean what they can do to improve neighborhood emergency preparedness and the ability to respond and recover from a major disaster such as an earthquake. In addition, tips about implementing crime prevention, safety techniques and how to promote social interaction through block parties are included. Attending the training session does not commit you to the role of BAT Leader, but hopefully motivates you to make the commitment to help your neighbors.

A BAT leader will define his/her neighborhood (typically 15-50 households), communicate with the residents within it and organize helpers and events. General responsibilities include encouraging neighborhood social events, developing a neighborhood roster, communicating emergency response information and organizing a neighborhood watch.

To sign up at https://losaltosbat.org/blt or email info@losaltosbat.org. For more information about the Los Altos Community Foundation visit www.losaltoscf.org and for more information on the BAT program visit www.losaltosbat.org or call 650-949-5908