What Key Emergency Responders and Local Officials Are Saying About ADAPT:
“Few people think about disaster preparedness until a disaster actually occurs. None of us can forget the images of people stranded on the roofs of their homes awaiting help in the wake of Hurricane Katrina a few years ago. Natural and man-made disasters can strike suddenly without warning, leaving you and your family at risk. As your Chief of Police, I strongly encourage you to join A.D.A.P.T, the Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team. It’s your responsibility to get connected, stay informed, have a plan, and acquire enough food, water and supplies for at least 3 days.”
- Edwin F. Flint, Chief of Police - Atherton Police Department
“The public needs to plan and prepare for tomorrow – today! Don’t assume that a major earthquake won’t affect Atherton and Menlo Park. First Responders will be stretched beyond our normal capacity and in order to protect your family and prepare yourself it is critical that every household and individual have basic training, supplies and know what to do should a major event of any kind affect the region. A prepared community and citizen will most likely be a much safer and capable community and citizen. ADAPT’s role to inform and educate local residents provides an important catalyst and component to our area’s emergency preparedness and preparation efforts.”
- Chief Harold Schapelhouman - Menlo Park Fire Department
“You don't know when or how long an emergency situation will hit so it is imperative everyone spend some time considering the “what if’s” and their responses. At times like these all residents need to know how to respond for both themselves and their neighbors. Here in Atherton, we are fortunate to have residents who have the forethought and passion to think through what will be needed to work through an emergency and have established a network of residents who will mobilize to assist and help lead our recovery efforts. This team is the Atherton Disaster Preparedness Team (ADAPT). This flyer is but a snapshot of what they have been working on and preparing over the last few years. We encourage all residents to learn more about ADAPT and consider the steps they may need to take in the event of a major regional disaster. Additionally we encourage all residents to consider getting involved with our team of experts to further the work and stand ready to help. On behalf of the residents, thanks to those in ADAPT who have taken the first difficult steps for us all. Thank you for setting the framework for others to use and follow.”
- Bill Widmer - Atherton Mayor/Town Council Member
In 2007 two Atherton residents with backgrounds in corporate leadership, public health and biotechnology realized how poorly prepared our community, our state, our nation and our world were for the inevitable next flu pandemic. They conceived and sponsored the preparation of the "Pandemic Influenza - Preparation and Response: A Citizen’s Guide." Millions of copies of that guide (which is available on this ADAPT web site under the "Resources" section) have been downloaded around the world and it has been translated into many languages. The following excerpts from the Citizen's Guide make clear the importance of community-wide disaster preparedness, and they apply regardless of the type of emergency encountered:
"Research has shown that cities and citizens that were prepared and implemented an immediate response to the pandemics in the past experienced much less loss of life than those that weren’t prepared and took longer to react. This tells us the importance of preparation for future pandemics.
The responsibility for preparation falls to each individual and family. In the event that the world experiences another flu pandemic, resources will be spread thin. Families that have taken the suggested steps to prepare will be at an advantage."
- Peter Carpenter - Atherton Resident
Co-sponsor of the Pandemic Influenza Citizen's Guide
Former Director Menlo Park Fire Protection District
Former Executive Director Stanford University Medical Center
Former Chairman American Foundation for Aids Research (AmFAR)