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Announcing Next Round of BPC (Block Preparedness Coordinator "Classes

Original post made by Annette, Midtown, on Feb 18, 2009

Follow-On to the Red And Green City Wide Drop of Information: After the very successful collaboration of emergency preparedness and environmental sustainability, and with many requests for more information, PAN (Palo Alto Neighborhoods) is pleased to announce the next city wide "Introduction to the BPC (Block Preparedness Coordinator" Program" and "Communications in a Disaster" on February 28. Please share this invitation with any of your contacts or neighbors who might be interested.

The first two classes in the series will be held on Saturday February 28th at the Foothill Middlefield Campus (at Cubberley) Building "Eye", Auditorium, Rm IA. Please note it is building "EYE" not a "one". This auditorium is at the back of the site and almost in the middle of the property. See map at Web Link see I,J,K,L. Building "EYE" is between Gym A and Building J.

10: 30 AM "Introduction to the Palo Alto Neighborhoods Block Preparedness Coordinator Program (BPC)": See overview of BPC program
at www.paneighborhoods.org/ep. This program is sponsored by the Palo Alto Neighborhoods and the City of Palo Alto.

11:45 AM "Communications during an Emergency Disaster": This 1.25 hour class will be held after the BPC training. It will discuss
the use of FRS radios during an emergency/disaster. Instruction and practice in the units will be given. Please bring a FRS radio if
possible. RSVPs are strongly requested for the class; since we need to be able to provide sufficient materials and units for training.
RSVP or questions to epvolunteer@paneighborhoods.org. If you would like to purchase your own unit before the class, Big Five always has a deal. Other possible places to purchase are COSTco, REI, Walmart.

Recommendations for FRS radios for BPCs/NPCs: Brand: Motorola, Battery Type: must take AA batteries; most "rechargeable" versions can remove the rechargeable battery pack and insert regular AA batteries; Channels: 22; Privacy Tones / Subchannels (PL): 38 (standard)

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