CMDART is an independent, charitable, non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization. We provide information, training,
support, supplies and personnel to help plan, prepare and respond to aid animals affected by man-made
or natural disasters at all levels of disasters according to our capabilities and resources.
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MEMA'S TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE DURING THE STORM 2015


FRAMINGHAM, MA -"These tips can help you and your family stay safe during the duration of the storm," said Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) Director Kurt Schwartz.

 

* Stay indoors during the storm if possible. The strong wind and low temperatures will cause a very dangerous 'wind chill'.
* If you do go outside, protect yourself by dressing for the season, wearing several layers of loose fitting, lightweight, warm clothing, rather than one layer of heavy clothing. The outer garments should be tightly woven and water repellent. Mittens are better than gloves. Wear a hat, as most body heat is lost through the top of the head. Cover your mouth with a scarf to protect your lungs.
* Keep dry. Change wet clothing frequently to prevent a loss of body heat. Wet clothing loses all of its insulating value and transmits heat rapidly.
* Clear exhaust vents from Direct Vent Gas Furnace Systems to avoid Carbon Monoxide (CO) poisoning. Also, never run an automobile until the exhaust pipe has been cleared of snow.
* If you lose your heat, seal off unused rooms by stuffing towels in the cracks under the doors. At night, cover windows with extra blankets or sheets. Food provides the body with energy for producing its own heat.
* If pipes freeze, remove insulation, completely open all faucets and pour hot water over the pipes, starting where they are most exposed to the cold. A hand-held hair dryer, used with caution, also works well.
* Be careful when shoveling snow. Over-exertion can bring on a heart attack - a major cause of death in the winter.
* Watch for signs of frostbite: loss of feeling and white or pale appearance in the extremities such as fingers, toes, ear lobes or the tip of the nose. If symptoms are detected, seek medical help immediately.
* Watch for signs of hypothermia: uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, incoherence, slurred speech, drowsiness and apparent exhaustion. If symptoms are detected, get medical help, as soon as possible.
* Call 2-1-1 for non-emergency storm-related questions.
* Be a good neighbor. Check with elderly or relatives and neighbors who may need additional assistance to ensure their safety.
* When the driving ban gets lifted, drive only if it is absolutely necessary. If you must drive: travel in the day; don't travel alone; keep others informed of your schedule; stay on main roads and avoid back road shortcuts.


MEMA is the state agency charged with ensuring the state is prepared to withstand, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies and disasters, including natural hazards, accidents, deliberate attacks, and technological and infrastructure failures. MEMA is committed to an all hazards approach to emergency management. By building and sustaining effective partnerships with federal, state and local government agencies, and with the private sector - - individuals, families, non-profits, and businesses - - MEMA ensures the Commonwealth's ability to rapidly recover from large and small disasters by assessing and mitigating threats and hazards, enhancing preparedness, coordinating response operations, and strengthening our capacity to rebuild and recover.
For additional information about MEMA, go to www.mass.gov/mema. Also, follow MEMA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/MassEMA; Facebook at www.facebook.com/MassachusettsEMA; and YouTube at www.youtube.com/MassachusettsEMA>. Massachusetts Alerts: to receive emergency information on your smartphone, including severe weather alerts from the National Weather Service and emergency information from MEMA, download the Massachusetts Alerts free app. To learn more about Massachusetts Alerts, and for additional information on how to download the free app onto your smartphone, visit: www.mass.gov/mema/mobileapp.

CMDART was requested to present to scientists and micro-biologists at the FDA as part of their annual giving campaign through the Combined Federal Campaign. This year, CMDART, presented at the Naval Base in Newport and to members of the Federal Postal Community. Contributions from the CFC helps sustain CMDARTS mission.

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Pet Owner Prevention Education Training
Making good use of the "calm before the storm"

 

CMDART is looking for “Preparedness Education Ambassadors” to attend some upcoming trainings to help teach pet owners how to prepare before the next disaster and to help promote our team. CMDART Ambassodor Trainings will be held from 5:30-6:30 the second Tuesday of each month by advanced appointment only (with a minimum confirmation of three people) starting in March. Trainings will be held at the American Red Cross Bldg. 2000 Century Drive, Worcester Rm 210. Contact us training@cmdart.org if you are interested in taking the CMDART Ambassador training. To insure some best practices for our public education effort, we will also have a briefing prior to each event for those who are new or need a refresh on best practices.
Please sign up for upcoming events at events@cmdart.org

CMDART is also seeking an Events Coordinator and a Clerk for our Board of Directors.
Relevant experience is required. Please contact president@cmdart.org if you are interested.



FEDERAL EMPLOYEES CONTRIBUTE THROUGH
THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN


If you are a Federal Employee or know a Federal employee, please ask them to consider making a contribution to CMDART,Inc. Our team has once again been approved to receive donations via the Combined Federal Campaign program through the assistance of the Animal Welfare Fund. The CFC is a program that encourages federal employees to make contributions to charities of their choosing. The CDC reference code for CMDART is # 22157. We are listed under Disaster Animal Response Team for the following five zones: Eastern Massachusetts, Greater Hartford, Northern NE (Vermont and New Hampshire), Rhode Island and Southeast Mass, plus Western Mass. We are very grateful to the Animal Welfare Fund for helping us to get approved again. For those of you who have already contributed, we thank you very much for supporting our mission.

 

 

 

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Be Prepared with an Emergency Pet Go Kit

Pet Go Kits help pet owners be personally prepared for emergencies by including necessary items needed for a quick departure of the home.

To create your own Emergency Kit, download our checklist of recommended items.


To purchase a Pet Go Kit for $20.00, contact marketing@cmdart.org