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Community Disaster Committee Minutes 02/13/2008
Sebago Community Disaster Committee

Minutes

Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 13. 2008 at 1:00 p.m., Town Offices, was cancelled because of a storm.  Here is the follow-up e-mail that went to Committee members.  

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We cancelled our meeting last Wednesday because of the storm, and I wanted to bring you up to speed on what has been going on with the shelter since we last met.

1.~~ Funding the shelter -

We discussed at the Board of Selectmen's meeting on Tuesday the best way to fund both the supplies needed to stock the shelter and the renovation necessary to the town hall.~ I presented a budget to the Board for supplies which would be funded in the FY08-09 budget and would be available after July 1, 2008.~ We decided to hold a special town meeting on Tuesday, March 18 at the BoS meeting at 6pm to request taking money from existing funds so that the supplies could be purchased this year.~ I encourage all Committee members to attend this meeting to voice your support.

In the interim, I met with the Town Manager, the CEO and the Public Works director at the old town hall to discuss renovations that would be needed to install showers there.~ We will meet again on Thursday, February 21, at 10am at the Town Hall to continue discussions.~ Any and all Committee members are invited to attend if they are available.

2.~ Shelter Workers -

The Red Cross will have Peter Stead available to teach the shelter workers course in Sebago on two evenings, on March 24 and 27.~ Notices will be put in the Lakes Region Weekly and Bridgton News this week asking for volunteers to take the course, and I need help in contacting the church and community organizations in Sebago to ask for volunteers.~ Please contact me if you can approach any group.~ I would hope that all of you on the committee would attend the course, and all of the Selectmen have said that they want to attend as well.

This is what will appear in the papers:

Shelter Workers needed for Sebago Disaster Relief Shelter

During the snow-sleet-ice storm last week many people in Sebago and area towns lost their power, some for nearly two days.~ Warming shelters were opened in New Gloucester, Monmouth, Augusta, and Litchfield for people who had lost power and needed a warm place to stay for the night, get a hot meal or a shower.~ American Red Cross shelter workers were put on alert for shelter openings in Bridgton and Raymond, but fortunately these were not needed.~ Fortunately we did not have to open a shelter in Sebago, and our power outages were not as wide-spread or long-term.

However, this type of severe weather is no stranger to Mainers, and we need to be prepared to deal with it when it comes.~ Sebago has designated the Sebago Town Hall as the town's primary emergency shelter.~ The American Red Cross has approved it as an shelter that can house 100 people during a disaster such as the recent storm.~ Workers are needed to help staff the shelter and anyone who can volunteer a little time to assist during an emergency is encouraged to sign up for a Red Cross shelter worker training class.~ The class will be held on Monday evening, March 24 and Thursday evening, March 27 at the Sebago Town Hall and is free, but advance registration is required so we can plan on training manuals and materials.~ Please consider volunteering, and call Allen Crabtree at (207) 787-2730 or e-mail him at "crabtree@crabcoll.com" if you would like to sign up, or for more information.

3.~ Emergency Power

I've completed the remaining requirements to make the MEMA grant available and am working with the TM, CEO and DPW director to develop an RFP to solicit bids for the work.