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Los Altos offering residents emergency prep kits

Ann Hepenstal
Bruce Barton/Town Crier
Ann Hepenstal, emergency preparedness coordinator for the city of Los Altos, displays the various resources available to qualifying residents and neighborhoods.

The city of Los Altos is offering residents free emergency preparedness supplies and access to resources.

Assistance from the Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program enables residents to choose from various packages that include CPR/AED training, handheld radios or emergency medical kits.

“Last year, local and national emergencies underscored the importance of emergency preparedness within our own households and community,” Mayor Neysa Fligor said. “We’re excited to build out this program and provide these additional resources, which we hope will help our residents be better prepared for emergencies, while also learning life-saving skills.”

To be eligible for the packages, an applicant must be a Los Altos resident and a member of a Block Action Team or neighborhood watch group. If a neighborhood is not yet registered, the neighborhood can sign up at the same time a package is requested. The applicant can choose one of four of the following package options.

• Neighborhood CPR/AED Training. All residents on the Block Action Team or in the neighborhood watch group will have the opportunity to learn CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator, and earn their two-year American Heart Association certification card.

• Stop-the-Bleed Kit. House-holds will take the Stop-the-Bleed class and receive a basic supply kit. Stop-the-Bleed teaches three quick actions to help save the lives of those who are severely bleeding.

• Family Radio Service Radios. Neighborhood emergency preparedness volunteers use the radios to communicate during the response to an event. The neighborhood group can request up to two sets of radios.

• Earthquake Emergency Medical Kit. The kit goes beyond a standard first aid kit by stocking supplies that would be needed to treat earthquake-related injuries. A neighborhood group may request up to three kits.

The grants program will distribute the packages to qualifying neighborhoods on a rolling basis until its budget is exhausted or through May 21, whichever comes first.

For more information on the grants program, visit losaltosca.gov/cepg.

For more information on emergency preparedness in Los Altos, visit losaltosca.gov/emergencyprep.

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