Los Altos PREPARE has scheduled a training session for local residents interested in serving on Block Action Teams (BATs) 6-9 p.m. Jan. 29 at El Camino Hospital, 2500 Grant Road, Mountain View.
The mission of BATs is to help neighborhoods “Connect, Care and Prepare” in the event of an emergency or natural disaster, such as an earthquake.
“Throughout the U.S., it has been determined that creating resilient neighborhoods is key to effective emergency response and recovery for a community,” said Sherie Dodsworth, volunteer director of the BAT and Los Altos PREPARE programs. “It has also been demonstrated that strong connections between neighbors improves the overall well-being of a community.”
The role of a BAT leader is to define his or her neighborhood (typically 15-50 households), communicate with the residents within it and organize volunteers and events.
General responsibilities include encouraging neighborhood social events, developing a neighborhood roster, communicating emergency response information and organizing a neighborhood watch.
The training session for BAT leaders will explore what volunteers can do to improve neighborhood emergency preparedness and the ability to respond and recover in the wake of a major disaster.
The orientation will include tips on crime prevention, safety and promoting social interaction through block parties.
Attending the session does not commit residents to serving as BAT leaders, Dodsworth said, but she hopes that it will motivate participants to make the commitment to help neighbors.
Los Altos PREPARE and BAT are programs of the Los Altos Community Foundation.
For more information, visit losaltosbat.org.