THORNDIKE — The Waldo County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) will sponsor a Mass Care Shelter Exercise, for which the public is encouraged to participate. The exercise will take place on Friday-Saturday, August 9-10, at Mount View High School, on State Route 220, in the town of Thorndike.
The American Red Cross will establish a Disaster Evacuation Shelter at the High School and will train to register and accommodate “shelter residents.” Shelter residents will stay overnight on cots in the gymnasium as they would during a real world disaster.
Shelter residents will receive free meals for the time they are staying in the shelter. The County EMA office would like to encourage Boy Scout (BSA Scout) troops (adults and youth) to sign up to play the role of shelter residents. Scouts may sign up at: https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/w3C7ZqUd6E
Registration for “shelter residents” will begin at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Scout leaders should contact the EMA Director for more information.
The Waldo County Pet Shelter Team will establish a Pet Emergency Shelter during the exercise. The team will train to register and accommodate the pets of those evacuees staying at the Red Cross Shelter. Those interested in joining the Pet Shelter Team should contact the EMA Director for more information. Training in Pet First Aid will be offered on Saturday at 10 a.m., at Mount View High School.
The public is welcome to attend the training, but should sign up in advance by contacting the EMA office.
On Friday evening, at 5:30 p.m., the public is invited to participate in a Free Public Supper at the Mount View High School. The purpose of the supper is to train volunteers in Emergency Mass Feeding.
Information on Emergency Preparedness for individuals and families will be offered and recruiting for the Red Cross, Pet Shelter Team, Amateur Radio Operators, Mass Feeding, and the County Sheltering Program will be presented.
On Saturday morning, at 9 a.m., the American Red Cross will offer training in Shelter Management Operations at the High School.
The general public is encouraged to attend. Those trained can continue advanced training with the Red Cross at later dates or may join the Waldo County Shelter Management program. Those interested should
sign up in advance by contacting the EMA office.
Counseling for several Scout BSA merit badges will be offered on Saturday at the High School. Merit badges being offered include Emergency Preparedness, First Aid and Radio Communications. Scouts interested in participating should sign up, no later than August 1, at https://www.emailmeform.com/builder/form/w3C7ZqUd6E.
More information on the Merit Badge opportunity can be acquired from the County EMA Director or through the Katahdin Area Council BSA.
The Waldo County Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Services (RACES) team will have their Radio Communications Truck at the High School and operating on the net throughout the exercise. The public is welcome to visit and find out more about Ham Radio and the Waldo County Amateur Radio Association.
“Many thanks go to the RSU 3 School District for hosting this important event, which would not be able to occur without their assistance,” said Waldo County EMA, in a news release.
The Waldo County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) works to build a Culture of Preparedness in order to protect the communities of Waldo County from hazardous events.
More information can be found at: https://www.waldocountyme.gov/ema/