A Great Emergency Kit Template from Los Altos BATs

BAT leader and nurse, Sally Chaves, created emergency kits for herself and gave kits to her grown children, now living on their own. This is her template:

 

Basic Emergency Preparedness Supplies

Store the following in a clear Sterilite Ultra Latch 33”L x 201/8”W x 131/2” H bin.

Work gloves (1 med or large pair, 1 small pair)

1 small battery charged lantern

In a zip lock bag:

Extra batteries for flashlights and lantern

Small jackknife (with small scissors)

In a zip lock bag:

Toothbrushes and small travel toothpaste

Small travel soap or boxed bar of soap

Small face or other lotion if desired

Small sunscreen

Chapstick

Pack of Wet Ones

Paper towel roll

2-4 toilet paper rolls

Plastic silverware if desired

Box of large trash bags

Small quart zip lock bags

Small sponges

Small dishwashing soap

Juice packs or bottles

Peanut butter

Granola bars, boxes of crackers, etc

Raisins or other dried fruit

Freeze dried food if desired

Cans of tuna, beans

Can opener

Pair of comfortable walking shoes for each person

In a large plastic zip lock bag: (per person)

Change of underwear and socks

Extra pair of pants and shirt

Extra jacket and sweatshirt

Sun/winter hat

A second set of eyeglasses

Any prescriptions medications

In zip lock bags:

2 towels, dishtowels, wash cloths

Basic kit (i.e. Johnson & Johnson All Purpose First Aid Kit)

Plastic jar of hydrogen peroxide

In separate zip lock bag: (added if desired)

1” paper tape

Advil

Small kitchen or disposable gloves

Box of 3” x3” gauze pads

Box of Band-Aid variety

Store the following along side the bin

Old sleeping bags/blankets stored in large plastic bags

Small umbrella if desired

Water (not stored in bin) large plastic gallons or large packs of smaller bottles.

Gear up for BAT training

LOSALTOSBATPURPLETitlecaseBlock Action Teams (BATs), a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation, help Los Altos residents organize their neighborhoods to be more resilient in the event of a disaster, work together for crime prevention, assist neighborhood seniors, involve neighborhood youth and organize neighborhood social events.  BATs held its first training session in January 2014. Today there are 50 registered BAT Leaders, covering 30 neighborhoods, which is approximately 9% of the households in Los Altos.  We hope that every neighborhood in Los Altos takes advantage of the benefits of this program.

BAT leaders define their neighborhood (typically 15-50 households), communicate with the residents within it and organize helpers and events. For example, a BAT leader may get the neighborhood organized to be prepared for a major disaster and learn how to respond and care for their families and neighbors. The BAT program will provide materials and training to neighborhood leaders so that these activities are easy and fun.
You or your neighborhood may already be doing one or more of these activities – but by joining the BAT program you will receive training and tools to assist with your efforts. You will also meet other neighborhood leaders doing the same thing.

Sign up today to be a BAT leader!  There is no cost to participate and attend one of the training sessions.  Co-leaders are encouraged, so you are welcome to bring a neighbor, spouse or willing assistant.

BAT leaders are required to attend one training session. The next scheduled training dates are:  April 29May 27 or July 29. Training is from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the El Camino Hospital conference rooms.
For more information about the BAT program, click on the links below:
Los Altos Block Action Team Information

 

Sherie Dodsworth
Volunteer Program Director for
BAT and Los Altos PREPARE programs

LACF Board Co-chair receives “Excellence In Preparedness” award

photoSherie Dodsworth, LACF’s Board Co-chair receives the “Excellence In Preparedness” award from the Collaborative Agencies Disaster Relief Effort (CADRE). Sherie was recognized for her passion for preparedness that has motivated the residents of Los Altos to strengthen their emergency preparedness efforts, through the Los Altos Community Foundation’s PREPARE and Block Action Team (BAT) programs.

Link to blog: Sherie Dodsworth, LACF’s Board Co-chair, was honored at the ninth annual Santa Clara County disaster preparedness conference on April 9th, sponsored by the Collaborative Agencies Disaster Relief Effort (CADRE). CADRE is a program that unites community-based, non-profit organizations in disaster preparedness, response and recovery activities within the County of Santa Clara. Sherie was recognized for her passion for preparedness that has motivated the residents of Los Altos to strengthen their preparedness efforts, through the Los Altos Community Foundation’s PREPARE and Block Action Team (BAT) programs. These programs are focused on connecting neighbors and providing training to neighborhood leaders (BAT leaders) about what they can do to improve neighborhood emergency preparedness and how they can better respond to and recover from a major disaster, such as an earthquake. The BAT program hosts a monthly training session for residents who want to help their neighbors. The next session is scheduled for April 29th, 6-9 pm at El Camino Hospital Conference room. To learn more, or to sign up to attend, visit www.losaltosbat.org.

25 new BATS in Los Altos

Twenty-five BATS were started as a result of our first training. You too can make a difference – sign up today and tell your friends!LOSALTOSBATPURPLETitlecase

Help your neighborhood by becoming a Block Action Team Leader! By signing up today you can be part of the concerned–and fun– group of volunteers throughout Los Altos who are focused on making each of their neighborhoods an even better place to live!

Block Action Teams (BATs) is a new program of the Los Altos Community Foundation. The purpose of this program is to help Los Altos residents organize their neighborhoods to be more resilient in the event of a disaster, work together for crime prevention, assist, the seniors living in their neighborhood, when needed, involve youth; and organize neighborhood social events. We hope that every neighborhood in Los Altos takes advantage of the benefits of this program.

BAT leaders define their neighborhood (typically 15-50 households), communicate with the residents within it and organize helpers and events. For example, a BAT leader may get the neighborhood organized to be prepared for a major disaster and learn how to respond and care for their families and neighbors. The BAT program will provide materials and training to neighborhood leaders so that these activities are easy and fun.

You or your neighborhood may already be doing one or more of these activities – but by joining the BAT program you will receive training and tools to assist with your efforts. You will also meet other neighborhood leaders doing the same thing.

Sign up today to be a BAT leader! There is no cost to participate and attend one of the training sessions. Co-leaders are encouraged, so you are welcome to bring a neighbor, spouse or willing assistant.

More information about the BAT program, click on the links below:

 Start A Block Action Team

BAT Leader Position Description

BAT leaders are required to attend one training session. The scheduled training dates are: February 27, April 29 or May 27. Training is from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the El Camino Hospital conference rooms.

The third month of every quarter an “Inspiration Session” will be scheduled for BAT Leaders. The purpose of this session, is to educate, network, share stores and have fun with other BAT leaders. The first inspiration session will be held on March 26th from 6 -9 pm in the El Camino Hospital.

Get started today by filling out the BAT Leader Training Session sign up form. To learn more visit losaltosbat.org

If you would like more information please send an email to info@losaltosbat.org or call 650.949.5908

Sincerely,

 

Sherie Dodsworth

Volunteer Program Director for

BAT and Los Altos PREPARE programs

Energize your neighborhood as a Block Action Team Leader

Connect, Care and Prepare!
by Sherie Dodsworth, Volunteer Program Director for BAT and 
Los Altos PREPARE programs
Help your neighborhood by becoming a Block Action Team Leader! By signing up you can be part of the concerned–and fun–group of volunteers throughout Los Altos who are focused on making each of their neighborhoods an even better place to live!
Block Action Teams (BATs) is a new program of the Los Altos Community Foundation. The purpose of this program is to help Los Altos residents organize their neighborhoods to be more resilient in the event of a disaster. They will work together for crime prevention, assist, the seniors living in their neighborhood, when needed involve youth; and organize neighborhood social events.

We hope that every neighborhood in Los Altos takes advantage of the benefits of this program.

BAT leaders define their neighborhood (typically 15-50 households), communicate with the residents within it and organize helpers and events. For example, a BAT leader may get the neighborhood organized for major disaster preparation.

The BAT program will provide materials and training to neighborhood leaders so that these activities are easy and fun. Your neighborhood may already be doing one or more of these activities – but by joining the BAT program you will receive training and tools to assist your efforts. You will also meet other like-minded neighborhood leaders.

Sign up today to be a BAT leader! There is no cost to participate and attend a training session. Co-leaders are encouraged, so you are welcome to bring a neighbor, spouse or willing assistant.

More information about the BAT program, click on the links below.

Start a Block Action Team
BAT Leader Position Description

BAT leaders are required to attend one training session. Training sessions will be held the first two months of every quarter. First quarter dates are either January 29th or February 27th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm in the El Camino Hospital conference rooms.

Get started today by filling out the Block Leader Volunteer Application Form at losaltosbat.org

If you would like more information please send an email to info@losaltosbat.org or call 650-949-5908.

Sherie Dodsworth CROPPED fwe pink 10-9-13Sherie Dodsworth, Volunteer Program Director for BAT and 
Los Altos PREPARE programs

Golf Ball Challenge from our Community Action Team

Katie O’Leary (winner)

Los Altos PREPARE  was represented at both the August 6th National Night Out event and the August 11th Green Day at the Green on State Street in Los Altos.

At the Green Day event attendees were enticed to learn about Los Altos Prepare and LACF by a very large glass jar on our table filled with golf balls. Over 99 people guessed at the number of golf balls inside providing estimates ranging from 50 to 3,000.

Two visitors guessed closest without going over and Katie O’Leary was the winner of the random drawing with a guess of 269.

It’s no guess that an earthquake will eventually strike and Los Altos Prepare is working to make sure our community and neighborhoods are prepared.

One of the initiatives of Los Altos Prepare and LACF is to promote Community Action Teams, which are teams of residents working within their neighborhood to prepare for disasters, prevent crime, and help neighbors get to know neighbors.

To learn more about and/or volunteer for Los Altos Prepare, the Community Action Teams, or LACF, visit the Los Altos Prepare web page or call our office at 650.949.5908.

Join us for National Night Out on August 6th!

losaltospreparetestLos Altos PREPARE will launch Community Action Team (CAT) for neighborhoods on August 6th at Rosita Park from 6 to 9 pm, in connection with National Night Out.

A Community Action Team, is a group of neighbors, who want to have a strong, resilient neighborhood. A CAT will enrich their neighborhood with information and activities focused on emergency preparedness, safety, sustainability and community involvement. Through Los Altos PREPARE the CAT leaders will receive training, support and tools to share with their neighbors. Sherie Dodsworth, volunteer director of the Los Altos PREPARE program, said ” the CAT leaders will also have opportunities to network and have fun”.

The August 6th event will include representatives from the Santa Clara County Fire Department and Los Altos Police Department. There will be free ice cream and refreshments. Family members of all ages are welcome and there is a childrens’ playground within sight of the meeting area. For more information email prepare@losaltoscf.org or call 650-888-2610.

 

The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. NATW’s National Night Out program culminates annually, on the first Tuesday of August (In Texas, the first Tuesday of October).

Los Altos PREPARE on Patch

Katherine Hafner at Los Altos Patch has a nice article up about Los Altos PREPARE:losaltospreparetest

 

Sherie Dodsworth first felt the need for more community preparedness when her 101-year-old neighbor’s daughter called Dodsworth expressing concern that her elderly mother didn’t pick up the phone.

“(My neighbor’s) daughter would call and say, ‘Sherie, can you go check if she’s okay,’” Dodsworth said. “That kind of raised a concern about what would happen … in an emergency.”

Join a PREPARE Team

losaltospreparetestTo move forward with our goal of having a more prepared Los Altos community we need to establish some PREPARE Teams and engage the talents and resources of our community.

We need volunteers to be leaders and members of the Teams. The leader of each Team would also serve as a member of the Los Altos PREPARE Steering Committee. A leader is someone who will make a commitment, establish goals, motivate team members, and have fun as we improve our community and make it an even better place to live.

Leadership for each of these Teams will be key to our success. If you would like more information about being a PREPARE Team leader please call Sherie at 650-888-2610 or send an email to prepare@losaltoscf.org .

Brief descriptions of the proposed Teams are in the chart below.  Responsibilities, time commitment etc. will be determined by the leader and members of the team.  Please send an email to prepare@losaltoscf.org indicating what team you would like to participate on. You can join more than one Team.

PREPARE TEAMS (in alpha order)

CERT – explore implementing CERT program, which may or may not be sanctioned by Los Altos City officials.

COMMUNICATION – develop collateral materials and messaging for Los Altos PREPARE program.  
CONNECT – develop a neighborhood network, which includes recruiting block and neighborhood coordinators, develop training materials, work with Police to integrate Neighborhood Watch. To learn more about neighborhood networks visit Palo Altos’ website – www.paneighborhoods.org
EDUCATE –   develop and implement programs to help educate our community (speakers, social media, publications, promotion of Personal Emergency Preparedness).
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS – recruit and train Ham radio operators for integration into neighborhood communication centers.   Develop with City Officials a process for reporting issues and needs of our community during a disaster.
GRANTS – identify and complete grant proposals to assist with promoting preparedness and neighborhoods.
MAPPING – develop a map to determine neighborhoods. Utilize information such as elementary school boundaries, existing neighborhood associations and the neighborhoods established by nextdoor.com . For each neighborhood identify possible gathering places and communication centers.   Committee will need to work with City Officials.
OUTREACH – develop list of organizations and contacts and determine their needs and how to get them involved (i.e. Chamber, non-profits, Faith Based, Schools etc).
SENIORS – identify the needs of Seniors and help implement and integrate solutions to address their needs.
SUPPLIES – develop program for gathering and storing emergency supplies. The first location will be at the American Legion hall.
TECHNOLOGY – explore how to integrate technology to achieve our mission (website, nextdoor.com, volunteer software, box.com etc.).

 

Summary of June 26th Los Altos Prepare meeting

losaltospreparetestThe following is a brief summary of the meeting held at the American Legion Hall.  There were 26 people in attendance including J Logan, Assistant City Manager and Steve Prziborowski from the Santa Clara County Fire Department.
  • J Logan reported that the 2013-2015 budget adopted by the City Council on June 25th did not include staffing a position focused on Emergency Planning. She also offered some other comments regarding the budget.
  • Mike Welsh reported on the involvement of the American Legion with emergency preparedness and with Los Altos PREPARE. In addition to providing a facility for our program to use for meetings, the Legion is exploring establishing a HAM radio system and also storing emergency supplies for our community. Mike Welsh volunteered to lead the Supplies Team.
  • Sherie Dodsworth lead the discussion of the Los Altos PREPARE Teams (see below). Many ideas for possible specific Team actions were generated and will be provided to the Teams.
  • It was agreed that Los Altos PREPARE should participate in and promote the National Night Out Celebration scheduled for August 6th. The Connect & Communication Teams will determine how/what should be done.
  • Los Altos PREPARE has the opportunity to contribute to/write an article to be included in the Fall Magazine published by the Town Crier. We have also been asked to write an article for LANN.
  • CERT and the lack of opportunity for training in Los Altos was discussed. There was great concern expressed that our community is not prepared to help each other or provided assistance to First responders. Heidi Sloss volunteered to lead the CERT Team.
  • Sherie asked for volunteers to post information about Los Altos PREPARE to their nextdoor.comneighborhood. Several people volunteered but there are still a lot of openings.