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New Los Altos program offers protection, preparedness, neighborhood solidarity

The Los Altos Community Foundation’s Los Altos PREPARE program is scheduled to launch a new neighborhood watch-type program, the Community Action Team (CAT), 6-9 p.m. Aug. 6 at Rosita Park, 401 Rosita Ave., Los Altos.

The kickoff is slated in conjunction with National Night Out, an annual community-police awareness-raising event.

The action teams will include neighbors, led by a resident, working to achieve a safe, resilient Los Altos.

CAT gatherings are designed to spread the word about police programs, establish police-community partnerships, boost neighborhood solidarity and send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized.

The teams will disseminate information and host activities that focus on emergency preparedness measures, safety, sustainability and community involvement.

Los Altos PREPARE will offer team leaders training, support and tools to share with their neighbors.

“The Community Action Team leaders will also have opportunities to network and have fun,” said Sherie Dodsworth, founder and volunteer director of the Los Altos PREPARE program.

The Aug. 6 event will include representatives from the Santa Clara County Fire and Los Altos Police departments. Free ice cream and refreshments will be served. Family members of all ages are welcome – there is a childrens’ playground within sight of the meeting area.

Los Altos PREPARE

hosts monthly meetings

Residents are invited to attend the next Los Altos PREPARE monthly meeting, scheduled 4 p.m. Aug. 24 at the American Legion Hall, 347 First St. in Los Altos.

The mission of Los Altos PREPARE is to improve the community’s ability to respond and recover in the wake of major emergencies, including earthquakes and other disasters. The grassroots organization welcomes volunteers.

To volunteer and for more information, call 888-2610, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit losaltoscf.org/losaltosprepare.

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