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Community

Los Altos group offers training for Block Action Team leaders


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Improving emergency preparedness skills, shown above in a recent Los Altos drill, is among the goals of Block Action Team leaders.

The Los Altos Community Action Team has scheduled its first Block Action Team leader training session 6-9 p.m. Jan. 29 at El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.

The training is designed to educate Block Action Team leaders on how to improve neighborhood emergency preparedness measures and the ability to respond and recover from a major disaster such as an earthquake.

The session will include tips on implementing crime prevention and safety techniques and promoting social interaction through block parties.

“We encourage you to sign up and attend the training session,” organizer Denise Welsh urged residents. “Attending the session does not commit you to the role of BAT leader, but hopefully it motivates you to make the commitment to help your neighbors.”

The primary role of Block Action Team leaders is to acquaint themselves with neighbors and households within a specific area and act as a communication link when a disaster occurs.

General responsibilities include encouraging neighborhood social events, developing a neighborhood roster, communicating emergency response information and organizing a neighborhood watch.

The purpose of the Community Action Team is to organize residents at the neighborhood level so that they can more effectively respond in the event of a disaster, work together on crime prevention, assist seniors in their neighborhoods, involve youth and organize neighborhood social events.

The Community Action Team is a program of the Los Altos Community Foundation.

To sign up for Block Action Team leader training, complete the application form at losaltosbat.org/become-a-bat-leader/ or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

For more information, visit losaltosbat.org.

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