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PrepareME Corps Incorporates Shelter Simulation into Statewide Meeting

July 19th, 2006

After a review of the rules and regulations involved in setting up an American Red Cross approved shelter, the team will load up cots, food, and other supplies and open the Bangor Baptist Church as a simulated shelter. The Corps will set up registration, logistics, mass food preparation, and information centers. This simulation will help Corps members share their experiences in order to recruit Maine volunteers for emergency mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. The Corps will sleep overnight in their shelter and prepare meals the following day for the Baptist Church campers.

This simulation is just one piece in a statewide training held three times a year for the volunteers to learn from each other and put best practices in place throughout the state. The PrepareME Corps is made up of AmeriCorps*VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) volunteers serving the communities throughout Maine where they live. The mission of this Corps is to serve Maine community agencies in educating and preparing for state-wide and local disasters, emergency response and recovery. Members are placed at several locations including American Red Cross Chapters, Emergency Management Agencies, RSVPs (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs), VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), and the State Citizen Corps Council. Members are serving full time and live in the communities they serve, creating programs that can continue after they complete their year of service.