Emergency Assembly Points in Atherton
The Town of Atherton, in conjunction with the Menlo Fire Department Community Crisis Management - Community Emergency Response Team( CERT) program and ADAPT (the Atherton Disaster And Preparedness Team), the local volunteer organization comprised of Atherton residents to help support the community and First Responders in the event of a major disaster or emergency, have just launched an important new initiative for emergency preparedness: Emergency Assembly Points (EAP’s).
What is an Emergency Assembly Point (EAP)?
EAP’s are designated neighborhood gathering points where nearby residents can assemble and organize a response for their local neighborhood in the event of a major
emergency, such as an earthquake. These locations (designated by a special sign) are
currently going up all over Atherton.
An Emergency Assembly Pont is a well-developed and well-known FEMA (Federal
Emergency Response Agency) disaster management tool for communities and neighborhoods. EAP’s are being established throughout Atherton’s neighborhoods to allow our residents to come together at these designated meeting points for the benefit of
efficiently organizing to support their fellow neighbors and neighborhoods.
What’s the Plan and Timing For Establishing EAP’s?
The plan is to have about 25 of these EAP locations established throughout Atherton when completed over the next several months. To date, 15 of the 25 locations have been
confirmed and their corresponding signs will be installed by the end of February 2018. Our
ADAPT Area Coordinators/Neighborhood Leaders have helped identify appropriate places
in their neighborhoods, and the ADAPT team has collaborated with the Town’s Public Works Department to safely locate and install the signs. ADAPT will work with Area Coordinators/Neighborhood Leaders and others to find appropriate locations for the remaining 10 locations/signs.
What Do I Do When I Get To An EAP, Say After An Earthquake Hits?
Our Emergency Assembly Points should be the first place that residents go, after making
sure their family and households are safe and secure. Once there with their fellow
neighbors, residents can organize and form a plan to help one another in the aftermath.
Teams should be formed for neighborhood reconnaissance and house-to-house light
search and rescue and to take stock of injuries, damage and assistance requirements,
which then can be communicated to Police, Fire and the Town to get help.