My favorite toy as a toddler was putting shapes through the right slots in the lid of a plastic mailbox. Then I graduated to Soma Cubes making them from paper cubes, then trying to glue sugar cubes together as a child. I've developed algorithms - the steps needed to solve complex problems on computers.
In Portola Valley, it is important to have an approach to problem solving as we don't know what problems will hit us in the future. So one way for emergency management is to follow FEMA's steps of Prevention, Protection, Mitigation and Recovery. These steps can be taken at the household level, in the neighborhood, in the town and beyond. I would then encourage residents to take FEMA online courses to understand how to help the community in emergencies. These are the skillsets needed for an Emergency Operations Center (Source: FEMA's EOC Skillset Guide)
These roles can be used in the family - so you might have:
With a general approach to the specific risks of fire, earthquake, weather, shootings, cyberattacks, landslides, flooding, COVID-19, illness, death and more we can build a less worried, more relaxed town culture. I believe that with high-powered jobs, stressful times and high-achieving schools we need to make the town a place for our relaxation, exercise and wellness.
I love to explore alternative solutions to challenges like housing. I like to explore new places, and have now walked almost all the Portola Valley trails, biked much of the Bay Trail at the Bay's edge and hiked some of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
I've lived in the UK and Canada, as well as in the USA, where I've lived in New Jersey, as well as in California. I've visited many parts of the world. Some of the most primitive places I've visited are Northern Nigeria's , the Nepalese Terai and the Cook Island's Mangaia. Visiting many countries makes it easy for me to engage with people who are new to the area. I hope we can make sure all new residents are welcomed to the town with special town events.
I bring a spirit of exploration to the town and hope to work with town staff and committees to explore options for affordable housing and recreational activities.
I have lived in Portola Valley for almost 30 years, so can connect to many others in the community and beyond. I have led alumni groups for Imperial College, London and the University of Cambridge which give me connections worldwide. As a Silicon Valley consultant in technology marketing, I've worked with many different company cultures and diverse individuals. I welcome the opportunity to support those from different neighborhoods who commute to work in Portola Valley. I hope to make connections for the town with the County and other local governments to help us thrive.
Angela Hey is a candidate for Portola Valley Town Council. She is an experienced technology marketing consultant who serves nonprofits, as a volunteer.