Museum Showcases Emergency Preparedness Projects

By November 5, 2019Press Releases

LOS ALTOS, CA (November 5, 2019) The public is invited to join neighbors for an “Emergency Preparedness Volunteer Appreciation Night” on Thursday, November 14th, 5:30-7pm at the Los Altos History Museum, 51 S. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. The November 14 event will include displays showcasing projects funded by the 2018-19 Community and Emergency Preparedness Grants Program of the City of Los Altos.

The reception will be hosted at the Museum in coordination with the Museum’s current exhibition, “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” 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 Dr. 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.”

“The Neighborhood Watch captains, amateur radio (ham) operators, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members, and Block Action Team (BAT) leaders in Los Altos and Los Altos Hills we will be celebrating on November 14th play important roles helping the community and local governments during a disaster or emergency event,” said Ann Hepenstal, City of Los Altos Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. “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.”

The City of Los Altos supports and encourages the volunteers’ leadership through this grant program. Block Action Teams and Neighborhood Watch groups propose projects that enhance community resiliency, increase communication and connections within the community, or help the neighborhood proactively prepare for emergencies. Information on the grant program will be available at the reception on the 14th.

The public is welcome at this free event, co-sponsored by The City of Los Altos and the Los Altos Community Foundation, and may enjoy refreshments and tour the Museum’s current exhibition, “Our Community Prepares: Acts of Nature, Then and Now,” on display through January 19, 2020.

To register, visit To view a complete city-wide listing of workshops and events associated with the Museum exhibit, please visit

Los History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to:, email, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10,