Emergency preparedness projects showcased

Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Appreciation Night is scheduled 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road.

The event will include displays showcasing projects funded by the city of Los Altos’ 2018-2019 Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program.

The reception complements the museum’s exhibition “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” running through Jan. 19, which examines the history of emergency preparedness.

“Volunteers have always been at the heart of emergency preparedness in the United States,” said exhibition co-curator Amy Ellison. “We are glad to be able to thank community members who volunteer to support emergency preparedness, improve safety and strengthen connections in their Los Altos and Los Altos Hills neighborhoods.”

According to Ann Hepenstal, city of Los Altos emergency preparedness coordinator, Neighborhood Watch captains, amateur radio operators, Community Emergency Response Team members and Block Action Team members play important roles helping the community and local governments during a disaster or emergency event.

“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,” Hepenstal said.

The city of Los Altos supports the volunteers’ leadership through the Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program. Block Action Teams and Neighborhood Watch groups propose projects aimed at enhancing community resiliency, increasing communication and connections within the community and helping neighborhoods proactively prepare for emergencies.

Refreshments will be served, and attendees may tour the exhibition.

Admission is free and open to all.

Co-sponsors of the event include by the city of Los Altos and Los Altos Community Foundation.

To register, visit

To view a citywide listing of workshops and events associated with the exhibition, visit

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