What Can You Do to Be Prepared?

We never know when the next big earthquake will happen, so it is never too soon to take stock of your disaster preparations.

Picture 004aIndividuals and Households should:

  • Reduce hazards in and around their homes
  • Prepare an emergency supply kit and a household emergency plan
  • Learn how to receive emergency communication information on the radio

All Members of the Community should:

  • Learn about community alerts and warnings
  • Practice skills and personal plans through periodic drills in multiple settings
  • Network and be able to help others
  • Participate in community feedback opportunities

Preparedness requires active participation from all:

  • Talk to your friends and family about the hazards in your area and what steps you will need to take to be able to help each other in a crisis.
  • Ask about emergency planning at your workplace, your schools, your place of worship and other social settings.
  • Consider volunteer opportunities to get your community better prepared for an emergency.

Volunteer Opportunities in the Los Altos community include:

  • Become a BAT Leader (Los Altos residents). A Block Action Team (BAT) is a group of neighbors working together to watch out for those around them and generally make their neighborhoods a better, safer place. BAT Leaders are the central point for communication for their BAT. A BAT Leader keeps the BAT organized and acts as the focal point during a disaster.  Co- leaders are encouraged. The next BAT Leader training is August 17th.  Sign up on the website today.
  • Become a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member.  The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect their areas.  The program trains team members in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations.  The next CERT training in Los Altos starts September for more information click on this link: http://www.losaltosca.gov/police/page/community-emergency-response-team-cert-training

Content for this article was adapted by Sherie Dodsworth from “Are You Prepared? By Dave Burbidge