SACRAMENTO - Assemblymember Marc Berman (D-Menlo Park) secured $500,000 in the 2023-24 state budget for the City of Los Altos to retrofit the City’s Community Center to house the Emergency Operations Center.
“The last few years have shown that the best time to invest in emergency preparedness is now,” said Assemblymember Berman. “Despite a budgetary downturn, I am thrilled to have secured $500,000 in the state budget to retrofit the City of Los Altos’ Emergency Operations Center. This project is a great example of good governance as it is both fiscally prudent and forward thinking. The unfortunate reality is that our communities are at constant risk, whether that be from floods or fires or earthquakes. The retrofitted Emergency Operations Center will keep Los Altans safer when the next emergency strikes.”
“This grant will go a long way,” said Los Altos Mayor Sally Meadows. “The recent storms underscored the need for a more robust emergency response network in Los Altos. The project is already underway and the additional resources this grant provides will significantly advance the project timeline. Ultimately, our emergency response personnel will be better equipped to respond to the needs of the community during emergency situations.”
The January storms highlighted the need to improve the City of Los Altos’ emergency response network. The City’s community center meets all of the requirements as an essential services building, but needs to be retrofitted to house the Emergency Operations Center (EOC). Retrofitting an existing building was identified as a less expensive but equally effective option for the EOC. The retrofit will include electrical upgrades and repairs, the acquisition of communications equipment and a generator, as well as resiliency equipment and operating items necessary for a functioning EOC. The project is approved and is moving forward with the design planning.