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Let’s Make A Plan! Training Manual

Nancy Svirida, Disability Law Center, May 2007

to find out more information at first – many emergency planners on the local level are not given resources and work on a volunteer basis.  Each town has a Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP) that may provide information but may be dense to read.  Consider offering volunteer services to help plan and practice your town’s plan.

Do these plans meet your needs?

●  Consider volunteering for the Medical Reserve Corps, American Red Cross, etc.  An application for the Franklin County Medical Reserve Corps can be found at http://www.wmmrc.org/volunteerapp.asp, or call (413) 575-3558.

Minimize Risk18

●  Prepare for power outages (no electricity for air conditioning, refrigeration, phones, TV, radio, stoves, and possibly water) Note: Generators may help but you need the generator and the gas to run it (do not run them in an enclosed area b/c carbon monoxide is dangerous)

●  Consider having trees cut away from property or power lines

●  Install carbon monoxide and smoke alarms, have fire extinguishers around house

●  Make sure chemicals and flammable products are stored away from heat sources

●  Have a professional clean and repair chimneys, flue pipes, connectors, and gas vents

●  Always evacuate when told to

●  Know your insurance policies

●  Do you have flood insurance?

●  Do you have renter’s insurance?

●  Mobile homes: Newer homes have better hurricane-code construction; Review your contract with the mobile park - Who is responsible for removal of home if it is damaged in a storm?

18 Adapted from Dealing with Disaster, AARP, and Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs, August 2004, FEMA and American Red Cross.

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