A DISASTER PLANNING MANUAL FOR SMALL COMMUNITIES.
BIO-DYNAMICS INC CAMBRIDGE MASS
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The manual was prepared as part of the study of community fire-fighting capabilities. It describes a method and organization by which existing municipal services fire, police, public works, medical, civil defense, etc. can be integrated for an expanded capability to contend with major fires and associated contingencies. The majority of the recommendations are based on methods used successfully in the development of municipal disaster organizations. The manual is representative of a type that might be used by fire chiefs--personnel at the operating level. Basic elements of planning for combat of major fires are assessment of special local hazards, knowledge of nuclear and extreme meteorological effects, organization of a disaster management team from municipal departments, developing a plan for integrated activity, mobilizing latent community resources both personnel and equipment, and conducting periodic trials and exercises. The essential ingredient for success is having professional, experienced personnel in control positions and a clear definition of the organization. The manual describes planning for fire operations, including access, emergency resources, communications, logistics, and other vital tasks required for damage control. Author