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TOWN/CITY, CONNECTICUT EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN

ANNEX F - SHELTER/MASS CARE

EFFECTIVE DATE

I.PURPOSE

This annex was developed to provide for the orderly and coordinated use of facilities for sheltering __________’s residents in the event of a natural or technological disaster.  The Town/City of __________ is responsible for the development of a capability to provide Shelter/Mass Care services for its citizens and should be prepared, if necessary, to receive and care for people evacuated from the area directly impacted by a disaster.

Town/City officials must be ready to provide different types of support in response to the unique nature of the situation.  The Shelter/Mass Care Coordinator, prior to the onset of an emergency or disaster, will identify facilities (e.g., schools, churches, nonessential government buildings, etc.) that are needed to register, shelter, feed, protect, and provide for other human needs of the evacuation population.  These facilities may be used to provide evacuees physical protection from the effects (wind, water, etc.) of a disaster.

During the post-disaster period these facilities may be used on a long-term basis to feed, care for, and provide temporary housing to the disaster victims whose homes have been severely damaged or destroyed or who cannot return home because of damage to, or debris on, roads and bridges.  Other long-term post-disaster Shelter/Mass Care options may include: kitchens to feed people; water supply stations; first aid stations; temporary housing in rental units, tents, hotels/motels, and mobile homes; hygiene facilities (portable toilets and showers); mail service, etc.

II.SITUATION AND ASSUMPTIONS

A.  Situation

Any hazard-related emergency might require the sheltering of some or all Town/City residents.  The extent of any sheltering operations will be based on the extent of a given emergency.  The Town/City is vulnerable to a number of hazards including:  major snow fall, ice storms, blizzards, hazardous material incidents/accidents, aircraft accidents, tornadoes, hurricanes, electrical storms, major fires, energy/fuel shortages, forest fires, water contamination, earthquakes, and major highway accidents.  Thunderstorms that might produce dangerous winds and tornadoes may appear with little advance warning

There are three (3) classifications of emergencies with parallel sheltering requirements.

1.Limited Incident a natural or technological disaster affecting one hundred or fewer Town/City residents necessitating the use of a single sheltering facility for a limited period of time.

2.Localized Disaster a natural or technological disaster limited to one neighborhood or scattered neighborhoods where the effect on residents and property is not widespread with the necessitated utilization of a limited number of facilities as shelters.

ANNEX F-X

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