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Bristol Lions Learn About Emergency Preparedness 01/07/2011

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Emergency preparedness is a year-round effort, according to Kimberly Kaiser, deputy director of the Lincoln County Office of Emergency Management. In a presentation to the Bristol Area Lions Club, she emphasized that climate change is bringing more high winds and ice to Midcoast Maine in recent years and hence a higher probability of prolonged power outages. Personal preparedness as well as community preparedness are key to coping with these conditions.

Kaiser is a former firefighter, Emergency Medical Tech, and EMT instructor and so is well versed in disaster management. She explained the various roles of the Lincoln County Office of Emergency Management, from mitigation of hazardous materials to personal outreach to individuals with special needs, and she urged Lions Club members to assist local fire departments in identifying the latter. In a disaster, according to Kaiser, it all boils down to neighbors helping neighbors, especially when usual lines of communication have been interrupted.

During her talk, Kaiser demonstrated what items should go into a personal 72-Hour-Go-Kit and recommended that all homes prepare one for each family member. A stocked pantry of non-perishable food and three gallons of drinking water per person were also recommended to have on hand. Such preparations should be considered a bare minimum, especially for those living in rural areas.

The Bristol Area Lions Club will meet next on Monday, January 17, when Bristol Lion Lee Rushmore will share her experience of witnessing Martin Luther King’s March on Washington, DC in 1963. To make dinner reservations for that meeting, or to learn more about the Bristol Area Lions Club, please call 677-2095.

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