Emergency Communications Committee

Regular Meetings


  • 7:00 p.m.
  • The 1st Tuesday of the month
  • Los Altos Hills City Council Chambers

Agendas & Minutes


Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
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Members

Council Liaison: TBD
  • Dru Anderson (Co-Chair)) KG6LAD
    Term Expires: May 2022
  • Scott Overstreet N6NXI
    Term Expires: May 2022
  • Robert Anderson KC6ZWG
    Term Expires: May 2022
  • James Heintzelman KD6Y
    Term Expires: August 2019
  • Eduardo Arias (Co-Chair) KM6LSX
    Term Expires: June 2022
  • Edwin Jones W7WPO
    Term Expires: October 2018
  • Andrew Kirk WB6CLS
    Term Expires: August 2019
  • Ben Hu KK6HH 
    Term Expires: October 2019
  • Sam Wood K6MSR
    Term Expires: May 2022
  • Terry Kearney KM6LTQ
    Term Expires: June 2022

Associate Members


  • Mark Bailey N6DY
  • Ray Egan W6FQY
  • Peter Evans AI6MV
  • Bill Gibbons K6GH
  • David Gilmour WQ1K
  • Kjell Karlsson KD6BPP
  • Neil Katin K2LL
  • Bill Lattin KK6PCA
  • Robert Lisbonne KG6HOD

  • Craig Miller WA6OXK
  • Greg Olsen K6XM
  • John Pfefferle KJ6CBX
  • Andrew Fawcett  KI6MAF
  • Bob Rowe AF6LD
  • Maynard Stevenson W7MVT
  • Dave Stewart KJ6JQT
  • Gerald Tomanek AF6HY

Committee Overview and Charter


(updated: 8/14/18)

Town emergency contact information

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Responsibilities


(i) The membership of this Committee shall consist of a minimum of five members and a maximum of twenty-five {25} members, all of whom are either licensed radio amateurs or individuals in training for said licensed status.

(ii) The charges to and duties of this Committee shall be:

a. Provide emergency radio communication services between the Los Altos Hills Emergency Operation Center (EOC) facility and:

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

2) ECC-staffed operations located at any Town-operated Incident Command (IC) location for the purpose 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.

Communications will take place using federally-sanction amateur (ham) radio operating frequencies in accordance with federally-mandated Amateur Radio operating requirements and procedures and other radio services and frequencies as requested by the Town Director of emergency services.

Provide the Net Control Operator (NCO) function to serve amateur (ham) radio operating frequencies in accordance with federally-mandated Amateur Radio operating requirements and procedures and other radio services and frequencies as requested by the Town Director of Emergency Services.

Provide the Net Control Operator (NCO) function to serve amateur radio operators throughout the Town and surrounding areas for the purpose of EOC operations and, as needed, for support of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Recon NCO operations.

b. Organize and implement 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 Diaster Council;and participate weekly ARES communication readiness/training nets that exist in the area.

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

d. Develop and train according to Town 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.

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

f. Maintain radio and related equipment that support EOC operations, update equipment as necessary by using volunteer time and skills, and manage Town-budgeted acquisition of goods and services. 

g. Committee members should also be trained in the effective use of cell phone and other communications as necessary.