Merrimack Valley Chapter
Merrimack Valley Chapter
177 Ward Hill Avenue   Ward Hill   MA   01835   Phone- 978-372-6871   Fax- 978-374-2233
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The following is a summary of recommended actions for "Orange" and lower levels.


Review your Personal Disaster Plan
Ensure your Disaster Supplies Kit is stocked and ready.
Develop alternate routes to and from work or school
and practice them.
Exercise caution when traveling
Have shelter-in-place materials on hand
If a need is announced, donate blood at blood
collection center (1-800-GIVE-LIFE)
Prior to volunteering, contact blood collection agency
to determine their needs.


Review Family Disaster Plan with all family members
Check items in your Disaster Supplies Kit and replace
items that are outdated
If not known to you, contact your child's school to
determine their emergency notification and
evacuation plans
Ensure the emergency communication plan is understood
and practiced by all family members
Discuss children's fears concerning possible terrorist


Check on neighbors who are elderly or have special
needs to ensure they are okay. Review their
disaster plan with them.
If a need is announced, contact nearest blood
collection agency and offer to organize a
neighborhood blood drive


Review the school's emergency plan that was developed
using the Red Cross Emergency Guide for Business and Industry
Ensure all emergency supplies are stocked and ready
Prepare to handle inquiries from anixous parents and


Review the emergency plans, including continuity of
operations and media materials on hand
Ensure that the emergency communication plan is
updated and includes the purchase of needed
emergency equipment
Determine any need to restrict access to the business
or provide private securtiy firm
Contact vendors/suppliers to confirm their emergency
response plan procedures
If need is announced, contact nearest blood collection
agency about organizing a blood drive

As mentioned above, the following are the steps needed to take to prepare a Preparedness Plan, and to prepare a Disaster Supplies Kit.

Preparedness Plan

Create an emergency communications plan. Choose an out-of-town contact your family or household will call or e-mail to check on each other should a disaster occur. Your selected contact should live far enough away that they would be unlikely to be directly affected the same event, and they should know they are the chosen contact. Make sure every household member has that contact's (and each others) telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. Your family should know that if telephones are not working, they need to be patient and try again later.

Establish a meeting place away from your home. You may want to make arrangements to stay with a family member or friend in case of an emergency.

Disaster Supplies Kit

If you need to evacuate your home or are asked to "shelter in place," having some essential supplies on hand wil make you and your family more comfortable. Prepare a disaster supplies kit in a easy-to-carry container such as a duffel bag or small plactis trash can. Include "special needs" items for any member of your household (infant formula or items for people with disabilites or older people), first aid supplies (including prescription medications), a change of clothing for each household member, a sleeping bag or bedroll for each, a battery powered radio or television and extra batteries, food, bottled water and tools. It is also a good idea to include some cash and copies of important family documents (birth certificates, passports and licenses) in your kit.

For more information call your local chapter at 978-372-6871 to have preparedness brochures mailed to you.

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