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Start A BAT

**Please note all references to block parties and in-person drills, training, and social gatherings refer to
pre-pandemic times.

  1. Identify the boundaries of your BAT.  Send details of the house numbers and street addresses using this form.  We’ll add you to the online map and the BAT Leader Google Group. We can also schedule a pickup for your BAT’s Help/OK signs.
  2. Customize the Sample Introduction Letter to Neighbors with your contact information — you can also add your picture. Print a copy for each household in your BAT.
  3. Print copies of the Family Resource Information (FRI) Form. You may also want copies of the Block Action Team flier to use as a handout as well. It has helpful information that you can cover when talking with your neighbors.
  4. Visit your neighbors (safely, if you feel comfortable) and encourage them to participate in the BAT with you. Leave your Introduction Letter, the FRI Form (or send by email if they will use the electronic version), and the (optional) Block Action Team flier. Schedule a follow-up date when you can collect the completed FRI Form or collect it electronically.
  5. Use the information on the FRI form to start an email group, an Emergency Contact List (for BAT Leader use), and a Neighborhood Directory (distributed to your BAT members). We highly suggest you create these – they will be a handy resource for everyone in your BAT.
  6. Attend classes and webinars hosted by the City of Los Altos. Come (or login) and share stories, get ideas, learn, and have fun with your fellow BAT Leaders.

Questions or comments? Please email us!