BAT #14 was one of the recent participants in the City of Los Altos Community and Emergency Preparedness Grant Program. BAT Leader Daphne Ross held a very successful event where neighbors created household emergency preparedness kits purchased with the grant money. She also disseminated information about emergency preparedness that she learned from the Personal Emergency Preparedness (PEP) class she took through the Santa Clara County Fire Department.
In a discussion about the 1989 Loma Prieta quake (30 year anniversary this Fall!), multiple neighbors also talked about their stories being (un)prepared, what they did or what happened during the ’89 earthquake, and how they realized some of their systems failed during one of the recent blackouts. Daphne was pleased with the outcome. “It was a nice community building event, and everyone was very thankful that we were able to come together.”
Block Action Teams work together to “Connect, Care, and Prepare” and make Los Altos an even better place to call home. For more information, to check if your neighborhood has a “BAT,” or to register for the FREE Leader training, please sign up.
The FREE 3-hour training PEP class teaches individuals and families how to prepare to be self-reliant the first 72 hours following a major disaster. This class includes information on types of disasters, home and workplace preparedness, fire safety, treating life-threatening conditions, and how to build a disaster supplies kit. To attend an upcoming PEP class on either July 25 or September 19, please see the City of Los Altos information page.