September 24, 2015
Contact: Dan Rizzo

Revere Participates in Emergency Preparedness Month

Mayor Rizzo Promotes Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency’s Preparedness Month 

In accordance with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), Mayor Dan Rizzo has encouraged Revere’s residents to make a plan in case of an emergency. Governor Charlie Baker has proclaimed that September is Emergency Preparedness Month in the Commonwealth and Mayor Rizzo has followed his guidance, highlighting MEMA’s instructions with regards to building an emergency kit.

“As a city, we must understand the importance of constructing an effective emergency kit,” Mayor Rizzo said. “If a disaster or state of emergency transpires, I want the citizens of Revere and their families to be prepared.”

Customizing the emergency kit with regards to the unique needs of every family member is crucial, according to MEMA emergency guidelines. Mayor Rizzo implores Revere residents to heed MEMA’s emergency kit checklist:

Key Items to Include in Your Emergency Kit

  • ·  Bottled water (1 gallon per person/per day for 3 days).

  • ·  Canned goods and nonperishable foods, particularly those that do not need cooking.

  • ·  Manual can opener.

  • ·  Radio (battery-powered or hand crank), NOAA Weather Radio and extra batteries.

  • ·  Flashlight or lantern, with extra batteries (Candles are discouraged, as they present a

    potential danger.)

  • ·  First aid kit.

  • ·  Diapers, wipes, baby food, formula, if needed.

  • ·  Pet food, supplies, tag, crates, if needed.

  • ·  Prescription medications (2-week supply).

  • ·  Extra pair of eyeglasses, contact lenses, and dentures.

  • ·  Extra batteries for hearing aids, wheelchairs, or other medical equipment.

  • ·  Medical oxygen tanks, if needed.

  • ·  Whistle to signal for help.

  • ·  Moist towelettes, garbage bags, soap, sanitizer, and other personal hygiene items.

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· Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities.
· Watch or battery operated clock.
· Copies of important documents and IDs.
· Cell phone and charger (also an auto, solar, or crank charger in case power is out)
· Cash.
· Water purification tablets and household chlorine bleach.
· Camp stove or grill (outdoor use only) with fuel or Sterno and waterproof matches or

lighter.
· Change of clothes and sturdy shoes.
· Sleeping bags or blankets.
· Disposable plates, cups, and utensils.
· Seasonal items such as warm clothes, hat and gloves for winter, and sunscreen for

summer.
· Books, games, puzzles and other comfort items. · Duct tape.
· Plastic sheeting or tarp.

Mayor Rizzo, in conjuction with Chief Doherty and Chief Cafarelli, have made strong contributions to MEMA’s emergency preparedness efforts. An emergency evacuation plan and a hazard mitigation plan for Revere has been developed. Revere Fire has acquired message boards, shelter equipment for humans and animals, emergency radio equipment at the Reservoir, two pick-up trucks to move the shelter equipment and mobile emergency generatorsall purchased or funded with grant monies.

Under the tutelage of Mayor Rizzo, Revere has abided by the instructions of MEMA, which has focused its outreach and activities throughout the month of September on four concepts: 1) Be informed, 2) Develop a plan, 3) Build a Kit, and 4) Get involved.