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Red Cross selects Killington to receive emergency supplies and training

The American Red Cross has selected the Town of Killington as a community to receive emergency shelter supplies and training to further assist efforts to increase the preparedness of the Killington community for natural disaster and emergency situations. Killington has already received cots, blankets, and water, and is awaiting the Red Cross's delivery of an emergency radio and lighting sources.

Run by community volunteers, the shelter will be fully equipped to be sufficient for up to 72 hours. It will be required for the community to complete an annual training or "drill day" that will be documented and included in the town's annual report. A training day for 2013, provided by the Red Cross, will be selected later this month.

During Tropical Storm Irene in August and September of 2011, the Killington Elementary School served as the town's emergency shelter, offering refuge to those in need, serving as a distribution center for food and supplies, as well as an assembly area for town residents. The school intends to continue operating as the site of Killington's emergency shelter in the future.

To support the school in its role as the emergency shelter, the Town successfully applied for a Generator Project Grant from the Vermont Department of Public Safety, recently receiving $35,620 from Vermont Emergency Management to provide and wire an emergency shelter generator at the School. The grant award will be supplemented with a 50% match to be split between both the Town of Killington and Killington Elementary School.

"The Town of Killington would like to extend a special 'Thank You' to Steve Finer, Emergency Operations Coordinator for identifying the opportunity; Dick Horner, Town Planner for pursuing the grant; and the Killington Elementary School for taking the responsibility for implementing and managing the community's shelter" said Town Manager Seth Webb.