Personal and Family Checklist

This is a detailed prioritized checklist of what you should do immediately after a disaster strikes.

  1. Check your personal health condition

    Check for open wounds, sprains, fractures, and/or internal pain

  2. Assemble your family

    Gather everyone in your household and generally assess their health

    Call 911 if necessary, but understand their response may be limited

  3. Organize your family members

    Decide immediate tasks and assign household members to accomplish

  4. Create a communications network

    Create a way to communicate with each other (ideally with radio, voice, or whistle)

  5. Perform any necessary family triage or first aid

    Evaluate health conditions of household and prioritize your first aid to respond and treat

  6. Perform property reconnaissance

    Based upon disaster, walk around and assess your entire property to determine whether to camp out or evacuate

  7. Check on your pets

    Assess pet health condition and impact on household safety (look for freeze, fight, flight response)

  8. Move your car to edge of driveway facing out

  9. Check on your immediate neighbors by repeating steps 1-7

  10. Prepare your backyard campout for seven (7) days in case of major earthquake

  11. Only if your home is compromised, report to the EAP for sheltering with whatever supplies you may have

  12. After you have set up your home campsite, assemble with your neighbors to assess and determine what critical next steps are needed

  13. Identify two (or more) capable individuals to walk/bike to the nearest EAP to report the status of your group

  14. Continue to gather capable adults who can help others, and go to the nearest EAP

  15. See “EAP Response Checklist” section for step-by-step action items

EAP Response Checklist

This is a detailed step-by-step set of instructions about what you should do after you've properly taken care of yourself and your household. This list lays out the steps on how to establish and facilitate operations at your neighborhood EAP (emergency assembly point) for the first day. The checklist for days 2-7 is coming soon.

+ Evaluate your neighborhood and report to the EAP

(Emergency Assembly Point). EAP is the hub for communication and logistics for your neighborhood
Continue to assist neighbors as needed
Do not enter damaged homes to perform search and rescue
Instead, report status of home when you get to the EAP
Bring your A.D.A.P.T./CERT rollout bag

+ Assemble at your EAP

Establish EAP activity or join existing activity
The first person to arrive is the Incident Coordinator
Establish EAP team roles: Coordinator, Scribe, Communications, Operations, Reconnaissance, Crowd/Traffic Control (Security), Logistics, Medical, Search and Rescue, and Sheltering

+ Assign a scribe/recorder

Who can continue into the organization phase. Report reconnaissance or triage situations on the way to the EAP
• Weather
• Households
• Injuries
• Damage
• Fire
• Toxic materials
• Road obstructions

+ Setup your EAP (hub of disaster response activity)

(who continues into the organization phase) Report reconnaissance or triage situations on the way to the EAP
• Tables, chairs
• Canopies
• Scribing tools
• Lighting
• Staging areas

+ Organize your overall response teams

• IC, Scribe (teams of two persons)
• Communications (teams of two persons)
• Operation, Reconnaissance (teams of two persons)
• Crowd/Traffic Control (Security)
• Logistics (teams of two persons)
• Medical Teams (teams of two to six persons)
• Rapid Response Teams (teams of two to six persons)
• Shelter Operations (teams of two persons)

+ Set up neighborhood communication roles and network

• Bring your cell phones/GMRS (General Mobile Radio Service )/FRS (Family Radio Service )/HAM (Hertz-Armstrong-Marconi) Radios
• Two-person communications runners/bicyclists
• Record/scribe all reports of injury, life-safety damage and need for search and rescue within the area/neighborhood
• Establish a two-way communications link to the A.D.A.P.T. ICP (Incident command post) or the TOA (Town of Atherton), EOC (emergency operations center) and professional first responders

+ Perform neighborhood reconnaissance

• Report reconnaissance or triage situations on the way to EAP
• Households
• Injuries
• Damage
• Fire
• Toxic materials
• Road obstructions
• Communicate your information to high authority if you can

+ Set up ongoing traffic and crowd control operations (security)

• Teams of two with flashlights

+ Prepare neighborhood shelter operations for seven (7) days

• Security (day and night patrols)
• 6-hour watch teams of two (2)
• Midnight to 6am (2 teams)
• 6am-12pm (1 team)
• 12pm-6pm (1 team)
• 6pm-midnight (2 teams)
• Shelter cover (family and group)
• Canopies, tents, ground cloths, cots, blankets, ponchos, lanterns
• Water (distribution and storage)
• First Aid
• Injury treatment
• Medical supplies
• Medication monitoring (allergy, antidepressants, diabetes, heart, hormone therapy)
• Psychological response
• Child and pet care
• Hygiene and sanitation
• Outdoor toilets
• Critter and pest control
• Clothing and heat
• Jackets, ponchos, emergency blankets, fire pits
• Food preparation and preservation
• BBQ grills (propane)
• Your car
• Lighting
• Solar and electrical
• Lanterns (LED and propane)


Neighborhood Training

Community practicing their response skills at the 3rd Annual Atherton Community Drill.


Emergency Leadership
Volunteer Member Roles

Incident Commander (IC):

This is typically the first person who arrives at the EAP. They will delegate roles, and identify teams, as more residents arrive at the EAP. They are in charge of communicating any and all activities to the scribe. They brief and send out teams, into the field, as necessary.


This is typically one person, and they're in charge of manually taking detailed, time-stamped, notes of any and all happenings in and around the EAP and reported by other teams.

Comms Unit:

This unit consists of radio operator and scribe. They are in charge of operating HAM & FRS radio communications, from the EAP, with any teams out in the field and eventually the Atherton EOC.

Operations Unit:

This unit works with the IC to send out reconnaissance teams into the field. They are at the EAP constantly surveying the status of the teams, and happenings in their immediate surroundings.

Reconnaissance Teams:

At minimum, this team goes out into the field in teams of three, their sole role is to walk around, the designated town Area, residence-by-residence and scan for any IMMEDIATE LIFE HAZARD situations like a collapsed building, home fire, or a severely injured person. They don't treat or address any of these events. They only report to the Comms Team at the EAP. Non-IMMEDIATE LIFE HAZARD but serious situations are noted and communicated upon return to the EAP for appropriate response.

Crowd Control Team:

This team is in charge of security and ensuring the active members at the EAP are safe and secure.

Traffic Control Team:

This team is in charge of ensuring people coming/driving in/near the EAP are identified and/or blocked (for any potential safety reasons).

Logistics Unit:

This unit consists of two coordinators and is in charge of tracking and providing supplies (based on what's available) to medical, rapid response, and reconnaissance teams who are going out into the field. They send teams of two/three out into the neighborhood for supplies.

Medical Unit:

This unit, consisting of as much staff as needed, triages and treats victims as they come in from the field. Ideally, they have some sort of formal medical training, even if it’s basic first aid skill sets.

Triage-Transport Teams:

After the reconnaissance teams get back to the EAP, the rapid response teams (in groups of 6) are sent out by the Incident Commander, based on what they deem as a priority from the scribe's and reconnaissance report. They triage victims, on the scene, and stabilize any victims to bring them back to the EAP Medical Team.

Rapid Response Teams:

These teams (in groups of 6) are sent out by the Incident Commander, based on what they deem as a priority from the scribe's and reconnaissance report and may engage in local fire fighting, light search & rescue, lost resident recovery, animal control, and road clearing.

Shelter Operations Unit:

At the direction of the IC, this unit of whatever number of individuals are necessary, will set up of shelter facilities, food and water distribution, hygiene and sanitation facilities and mass care for adults, children and elderly for up to seven (7) days.


Emergency Assembly Point in each Atherton Area
Incident Commander
Atherton Disaster and Preparedness Team
Community Emergency Response Team
General Mobile Radio Service, a type of radio (walkie-talkie)
Family Radio Service, a type of radio (walkie-talkie)
Hertz-Armstrong-Marconi, a type of long-distance radio that requires a license to operate
Town of Atherton
Incident Command Post (typically there's one of these for each section of Atherton (West, Central and East*)). Each EAP reports their status to their ICP
Emergency Operations Center @TOA
Light Search and Rescue
West Atherton:
Between Alameda de las Pulgas and Highway 280
Central Atherton:
Between Middlefield Road and Alameda de las Pulgas Road
East Atherton:
Between Bay Road and Middlefield Road