Los Altos event to highlight emergency preparedness volunteers

Amid the ongoing focus in the West Valley on emergency preparedness, the Los Altos History Museum is set to host an event this week honoring the volunteers who help facilitate that work.

The appreciation night will show the work that community emergency preparedness volunteers do to help their neighbors and communities prepare for any disaster. This event will highlight some of the preparedness projects completed in Los Altos this year.

“Neighborhood Watch captains, amateur radio (ham) operators, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, and Block Action Team (BAT) leaders in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills…play important roles helping the community and local governments during a disaster or emergency event,” said Ann Hepenstal, City of Los Altos Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

Hepenstal continued, “But they are even more important in helping their neighbors prepare before an event occurs – encouraging their neighbors to make an emergency kit, plan evacuation routes, and make a family communications plan.”

Volunteer leadership programs can receive grants from the City of Los Altos. Block Action Teams and Neighborhood Watch groups propose projects that enhance community resiliency, increase communication and connections within the community, or help the neighborhood proactively prepare for emergencies, which city officials evaluate.

The event comes as part of the ongoing exhibit at the museum centered around community preparedness and response in the face of disaster, a theme brought on by the 30th anniversary of the Loma Prieta Earthquake.

This free appreciation night is scheduled for Thursday, November 14, at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S San Antonio Rd. Tickets are available here.