Emergency Shelter Information
Introduction to the Emergency Shelter Plan for Littleton, MA, May 2010. Providing shelter is a crucial component to the overall emergency response system for any large scale disaster in a community. Littleton now has an operational shelter plan to meet such a need. We have drilled this plan and it is now ready to meet the needs of our residents when a sheltering situation arises. The Littleton Middle School was chosen as the site of choice based on appropriate layout, capacity to house a large number of people and accessibility for those with disabilities. Since we have spent many months preparing this plan to service the town in a time of a disaster, we would like to ask every resident to take the time to read the ‘Shelter Resident Information Sheet’ which describes what can be expected from you when we open an emergency shelter. Our goal is for every resident to at least be aware of these requirements and to be prepared should the need arise quickly. This sheet also describes some of the items you can or cannot bring with you when we open up a shelter for the Town of Littleton. We thank you for making this a priority in your busy schedules. - Respectfully submitted Steve Carter, Emergency Management Director, Fire Chief, Littleton; Ann Loree, Chair, Littleton Volunteer Corps/MRC and CERT; James Garreffi, Littleton’s Health Agent, Director, Nashoba Associated Boards of Health; and John Kelly, Chief of Police, Littleton
SHELTER RESIDENT INFORMATION SHEET
THIS IS A LIFE BOAT NOT A CRUISE SHIP: if you are in a shelter due to a disaster or emergency, our mission is to provide you with the basics to get you through the situation at hand and little else. Because disastrous situations change quickly, our focus is to conserve resources in the event that we may need to sustain services for a longer period of time.
What you need in a shelter:
Prescription medication and over the counter medication used daily
Change of clothes for 5 days
Any personal essential you may need for 5 days
Table games, cards, or reading material
Any particular food items needed for you or your children’s well being.
What not to bring into a shelter:
Fire arms or weapons of any sort
Street drugs or prescription medications not in your name
Loud toys, musical instruments, ie drums, trumpets, kazoos, etc
Expensive items, jewelry, computer, audio equipment or video games
No Valuables in the shelter: If residents choose to bring valuables into the shelter then you do so at your own risk. We do not have the staff or space to secure valuables.
No Smoking in the shelter or on any school property. There is no exception to this rule. Violators will be asked to leave the shelter.
Keep track of your belongings: All shelter residents are expected to manage their belongings in an orderly fashion. It is not the responsibility of the shelter staff to do this.
All food is to be consumed in the school cafeteria.
Demobilization information and procedure: This shelter will eventually be shut down. Everyone needs to plan on securing a place to stay after leaving the shelter. When the Shelter Director determines that the shelter operation will be shut down, all remaining residents will gather their belongings and clean up the area around their cot. Bring your belongings and all family members to the registration area for check out. At check out a staff member will ask for your contact information so that if a relative comes looking for you or should you leave something in the shelter we can get a hold of you.
A staff member will assist you and your family if you are still in need of shelter. Deactivation can occur for many reasons so the need for shelter may still exist for some residents.
Lost and Found: Unclaimed articles or property will be stored in an area behind registration. Valuables will be stored in a safe in the Principal’s Office. While the shelter is open, residents can access this with the assistance of shelter staff. All articles left in the shelter after deactivation will be transferred to the police station on Rt. 119.
Meal schedule: Please see the Shelter Information Board
Meal Menus: Please see the Shelter Information Board
Bathing Schedule: Please see the Shelter Information Board
Lights Out: All lights will be out in the sleeping areas from 9PM to 7AM. General congregating areas will be open until 11PM. Corridor and bathroom lights will be on all night for ease in accessing the restrooms and for safety.
THE SHELTER WORKERS ARE VOLUNTEERS: who, through experience or desire, have chosen to serve the Town of Littleton in this time of need. They are to be treated with proper respect. Residents who violate this will be asked to leave the shelter after the second warning.
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