Classes and Training

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The tragic Maui fires have been a jolting reminder that we all need to regularly practice emergency preparedness and response skills. Each of you provides a highly important and valued service for your neighborhood and our community. We need to train and practice, so we can help others in our neighborhoods learn and become better prepared as well. That will help us all in a disaster

RLA’s role in non-emergency periods is to promote emergency preparedness in Los Altos in at least three areas:  

  1. Attracting and training new people to participate in emergency preparedness. Finding and training the almost 400 current citizen volunteers is to be commended; however, these volunteers represent only about 25% of the neighborhoods in Los Altos.

  2. Ensuring that current volunteers remain active and engaged in their emergency preparedness roles. Unfortunately, changes in senior members of these groups and COVID have reduced engagement. RLA sees an urgent need to revitalize and reconnect with the Los Altos BATs, CERTs, and hams so that work already done will not be lost.  

  3. Attracting and connecting other stakeholder groups that have been identified but remain unengaged from participating in emergency preparedness.

While the current focus of RLA is emergency preparation in the community as we know it, a larger goal is to mold the community in a more holistic vision where community-building is a consideration of many more aspects of Los Altos life.   The following Zoom classes/drills that we are now delivering:

  • – BAT Leader Training
  • – How to Complete a PSA Form (and what to do with it)
  • – Radio Communications with FRS/GMRS for CERTs and BATs
  • – Preparedness and Initial Emergency Response Actions for BATs, CERTs and Hams
  • – Neighborhood Drills
  • – Packet Radio for Los Altos Hams

BAT-CERT-Ham Communication Drill for All, March 23rd

This drill will focus on “one way” communication and people will participate from their own homes. Participants will turn on their radios to channel 22 and listen at one of three times- 9:00am, 11:00am, or 1:00 pm- whichever is most convenient. Participants will listen for a broadcasted word or phrase and enter the word or phrase on a Google form provided. The purpose of the drill is to simulate an alert system that RLA plans to use in emergencies.

The drill will use GMRS radios (eg. Midland “Walky – Talky”, ………)

The final instructions for the drill, to be emailed to participants, will include a refresher on how to set up your radio for channel 22. Everyone is encouraged to sign up and participate from your home or yard.

Emergency preparedness classes focus on Seniors in Los Altos

Resilient Los Altos volunteers are scheduled to present five free classes on various of emergency preparedness January thru March at the Los Altos Community Center 97 Hillview Ave.  The Los Altos parks and Recreation Department is collaborating with RLA to reach as many seniors and special-needs residents as possible, but the classes are open for anyone to register and attend.  Officials said they hope the initial classes will lead to additional future to support community building, resilience, and preparedness in the community,  Los Altos Mayor Jonathon Weinberg recently identified emergency preparedness as a major area of emphasis for his one-year term as mayor.

Registration is open for the following five classes.

   * Personal Preparedness Workshop: 6-7pm January 17, Sequoia Room

   * Three Emergency Kits Every Family Should Have: 5:30-6:30pm; January 29, Sequoia Room

   * Preparing for Power Outages – Extra Considerations for Seniors: 10-11am, February 13, Manzanita Room

   * The Mental and Emotional Aspect of  Emergency: 1-2pm, February 24, Sequoia Room

   * Get Official Alerts in Emergency Situations: 5:30-6:30pm, march 6, Sequoia Room

To set up an account and register for any of the Classes (listed under Resilient Los Altos), visit

For help setting up an account, visit the Community Center front desk.