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TOWN/CITY, CONNECTICUT EMERGENCY OPERATIONS PLAN

ANNEX F - SHELTER/MASS CARE

EFFECTIVE DATE

3.Major Disaster a natural or technological disaster resulting in general widespread destruction of property throughout the Town/City with the concurrent loss of large numbers of housing units necessitating the opening of designated facilities to serve as shelters.

B.  Assumptions

The ultimate responsibility for Shelter/Mass Care services for citizens rests with the Chief Executive Officer.

A public nonprofit or private-sector (American Red Cross) organization will manage and staff the Town/City’s Shelter/Mass Care facilities.

In most jurisdictions, the American Red Cross (ARC) will serve as the principal organization responsible for operating Shelter/Mass Care facilities during disasters.

If ARC services are not available locally, other public or non-profit organizations in the community will assume responsibility for operating Shelter/Mass Care facilities.  These organizations may include such agencies as the Salvation Army, churches, schools, or local service agencies.

Sufficient warning time will be available to ensure that Shelter/Mass Care facilities are opened in time to provide shelter and other services for the people that have been evacuated.

Approximately 80 percent of the evacuees will seek shelter with friends or relatives rather than go to an established Shelter/Mass Care facility.

Where available, military support (as approved by the Governor) will be available to support Shelter/Mass Care operations.

The Town/City may have to enter into an agreement with adjacent communities to arrange for Shelter/Mass Care services for evacuees that cannot be taken care of in the Town/City of  __________, or to provide similar services to other jurisdictions when their evacuees cannot be cared for in their home communities.

III.CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS

When planning for Shelter/Mass Care operations a number of factors must be considered, including: the characteristics of the hazard or threat itself, its magnitude, intensity, spread of onset, duration, and impact on the community.  The characteristics of the event will determine the number of people that will need to receive Shelter/Mass Care services.

ANNEX F-X

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