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: Kavita Tankha
Member
Term
Expires
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Expires
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Dru Anderson (Co-Chair) 
May 2022 KG6LAD       Terry Kearney Jun 2022 KM6LTQ
Eduardo Arias (Co-Chair) Jun 2022 KM6LSX       Andrew Kirk Aug 2019 WB6CLS
Robert Anderson May 2022 KC6ZWG       Scott Overstreet May 2022 N6NXI
Ben Hu Oct 2019 KD6Y       Jay Sutaria Jun
2023
KN6JAY
Edwin Jones Nov 2022 KK6HH       Sam Wood May 2022 K6MSR

Associate Members


  • Mark Bailey N6DY
  • Larry Carr  KE6AGJ
  • Ray Egan W6FQY
  • Peter Evans  AI6MV
  • Andrew Fawcett  KI6AIR
  • Bill Gibbons K6GH
  • David Gilmour WQ1K
  • Neil Katin K2LL
  • Kjell Karlsson KD6BPP

  • Robert Johnson  KG6UWZ
  • Duncan MacMillan  KI6VMY
  • Craig Miller WA6OXK
  • Greg Olsen K6XM
  • Maynard Stevenson W7MVT
  • Dave Stewart KJ6JQT
  • Maynard Stevenson W7MVT
  • Gary Waldeck  K6AIR

Committee Overview and Charter


(updated: 7/31/2019)

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 Disaster 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.