Emergency Preparedness and Response

Regular Meetings

6:00 p.m.
The 1st Tuesday of the month
Los Altos Hills City Council Chambers

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meeting.  Minutes are available following approval.

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Regular Members

Council Liasion: TBD

  • Jim Basiji
    Term Expires: June 2026
  • Terry Kearney (Chair)
    Term Expires: June 2026
  • Sam Wood
    Term Expires: June 2026
  • Benjamin Gikis (Vice Chair)
    Term Expires: June 2026
  • Amita Sachdeva
    Term Expires: June 2026
  • Dave Stewart (Secretary)
    Term Expires: June 2026

Associate Members

  • Neil Katin
  • Bill Lattin

Committee Overview

At the June 16, 2022 regular City Council meeting, the Council approved that the committee membership is a minimum of five (5) members to a maximum of nine (9) members.  

The EPRC currently has six members.  Four members are required for a quorum.

Responsibilities (subject to change)

The charges to and duties of this Committee shall be:

Identify safety issues related to natural disasters.

Research and recommend mitigation strategies to reduce the impact of a natural disaster.

Research and recommend emergency response protocols to natural disasters.

Recommend and review annually protocols to provide emergency communication services between the Los Altos Hills Emergency Operation Center (EOC) facility and:

1)    The Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services (OES).

2)    Operations located at any Town-operated Incident Command (IC) location for the purposes of communicating between the EOC and the Town IC.

3)    Surrounding area municipal emergency communication facilities, hospitals, and emergency service groups such as the Red Cross, or other volunteer emergency response agencies. 

Periodically review emergency communication services to keep current the list and types of communication protocols necessary to serve the Town most effectively.

Recommend and review annually protocols and procedures for maintaining support radio and related equipment that support EOC operations. Review document annually.

Maintain a list of community members trained in effective emergency communication strategies and technologies. 

Maintain the Emergency Communications Subcommittee of licensed amateur radio communicators experienced in emergency radio traffic to:

Support periodic “simulated disaster” emergency communication drills and participate in similar drills organized by the Amateur Radio Emergency System (ARES) District Emergency Coordinator (DEC), the CERT organization serving the Town and appropriate others including the Disaster Council. 

Participate in opportunities available from County OES and ARES-related various local area communication readiness/training nets and offered courses.

Provide as needed occasional non-emergency communication services for any Town sanctioned group, as requested and when possible and practical.

Coordinate and periodically review activation, training, mutual aid, and operating procedure with other appropriate emergency groups and agencies in Santa Clara County OES. and as requested by the Town Council or the Director of Emergency Services.

iii)    Other responsibilities: 

Recommend activity and technical protocols.  Monitor and recommend technical equipment maintenance and upgrade needs for EOC radio room as well as for town field operations.

Provide support to the City Manager for continuing established procedures for monitoring EOC radio room equipment inventory log, and identifying needed updates, acquisitions, and item retirement. 

Facilitate ongoing training per ARES protocol standards. Develop and train according to Town emergency communications requirements a group of amateur radio operators within the Town and surrounding areas who will be available in a time of need to assist the Committee in the performance of its duties. 

Support preparation guidelines of County and District ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) protocol. 

Provide occasional non-emergency communication services for other Town sanctioned groups as requested and when possible and practical.

Updated 7/06/2022